Artist presents program to students
Artist Norris M. Chee of Paragould was the guest art instructor/speaker at a home school gathering for over 25 students. The event was held at the home of Jason and Summer Winstead, Cardwell, Mo.
The Winsteads welcomed the guests on Friday morning for the all day art activity. Students from Manila, Blytheville, and Osceola attended.
The children enjoyed petting the goats and feeding the chickens before the program started.
Chee, born near Mexican Hat, Utah, on a reservation, has a rich heritage in the Dineh culture.
The children enjoyed learning about Chee's Navajo heritage. He was born to the Edgewater Clan, related to the Manygoats Clan. He shared some of the culture and language with the students.
He talked about art and how it had played an important role in his life since he was a young child.
Chee has been a full time artist for 18 years and encouraged the children to practice at anything they want to do.
"When I was in school, I took every form of art I could including commercial art, drafting, and anything else I could," he said. "My art has allowed me to travel throughout the country."
Chee has won numerous awards and is living his dreams of painting. He also enjoys working with school groups and community activities.
He became a full time artist in 1993 after winning a nationally recognized show.
He moved to Paragould two years ago when he has Blue Horse Studio.
He had several of his prints and paintings to show the students who especially liked the bear and horses. Much of his work is of Native Americans.
Some of the awards Chee has won include Best of Show at the Cottonwood Prairie Festival 2008, Art in the Park, 2007, Buffalo Bill Cody Best of Show 1990, 1995, and first place in the American Indian Arts Association Festival 2000, Festivals of Art 1995, and numerous People's Choice, second, third and merit awards.
All of the students chose a design or created their own to be airbrushed onto a tee shirt under the direction of Chee.