Verna Bates an artist, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She specializes in handmade Cherokee Gourd Masks, which are traditionally made by hand-stitching. The masks are then decorated with feathers, fur, shell, pearls, copper, leather and other adornments. Verna also makes decorative gourd bowls and dippers.
A self-taught artist, Verna strives to incorporate a bit of Cherokee history, myth or language into each piece through the use of wood burning, painting or etching. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her art is collected by both private and corporate collectors throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Verna owns and operates Gourds, Etc, and art studio and gallery that offers authentic handmade Cherokee art
for immediate purchase including: one-of-a-kind gourd art & masks, paintings, jewelry, ornaments, decorative
mugs and more. Workshops are offered. All gourds used for her art are grown in a garden located on the studio property. Visitors to the studio are welcome to explore the gardens to gain a better understanding of the art. Gourds, Etc also hosts an annual Christmas Art Show on the first Saturday and Sunday in December with guest American Indian artists that offer extraordinary art and gift ideas in every price range. Gourds, Etc accommodates small tours by appointment.
Driving Directions: From Locust Grove, OK
Go South on Highway 82.
Turn West (right) at E 580 Road and travel exactly 2 miles.
Open Fri. and Sat. • 10am until 5 pm
9002 S 4392 Road, Locust Grove, OK
918.479.8739 or 918.694.5274 • gourdsetc.net