A ribbon cut from a Native American art gallery

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) – An art studio showcasing authentic Cherokee artwork in downtown Topeka hosted its official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, January 5, hosted by the Great Topeka Partnership.

785 Arts is full of authentic Cherokee artwork, including corn cob dolls, red clay jewelry, and contemporary art.

The gallery will present a new exhibition each quarter, with an emphasis on a particular artist or theme. Lessons are also offered to children and adults to have fun and learn basketry, doll making or more on the language.

There are also gifts offered in store or online.

Lisa LaRue-Baker, gallery owner and teaching artist at 785 arts, said the goal is to share Native American culture with others.

The important thing is that people learn the truth about Native Americans, ”said LaRue-Baker. “It’s not stereotypical things that they’ve seen on cartoons or boxes or things like that and find out about the inspiration, the inventions and the influence that the natives continue to have in America.”

LaRue-Baker told NEWS 13 that the opening will take place on this Friday’s first Artwalk Friday with special guest Choogie Kingfisher, a Kituwah Cherokee storyteller and flautist.

The most recent 785 arts is in the Colombian building located at 112 SW 6th Ave.

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