Meet Dr. Aletha in Oklahoma, the Sooner state

Oklahoma, the Sooner State

Here’s an introduction to my home state and my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.

Taken together, Oklahoma Sooners reflects our state’s American Indian and pioneer heritage and, today, symbolizes a special university spirit that values resilience and perseverance as well as the inclusivity that unites all who are a part of the University of Oklahoma family.

Learn more at this link-

What is a Sooner?

on the campus of the University of Oklahoma,
“A Sooner Covered Wagon”
A SOONER COVERED WAGON , plaque displayed at the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the University of Oklahoma campus
The artist-Tom K Simms

Mr. Simms graduated from the school of fine arts at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in sculpture and painting. He was a star performer on the Sooner track team, and set the Big Six record in the high jump and high hurdles. He also ran the mile, low hurdles and did the broad jump.

He was selected as one of the most promising students in the university, to do a sculptural design for a gateway presented by his class to the university. (info not confirmed, source newspapers.com)

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The art and science of New Mexico

If you like art in any form- paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving- I recommend you plan a trip to northeast New Mexico to visit Santa Fe and Taos .

Of course, you may need to wait until New Mexico further relaxes its pandemic precautions. Their COVID-19 response has been aggressive but successful in minimizing disease and death.

How New Mexico Controlled the Spread of COVID-19

“the focus on science may be the biggest factor in New Mexico’s resilience… the state has been “very proactive at implementing science-based decisions.”

Dr. Scrase adds that “it’s really exciting to have a governor who values science and evidence.” Reopening decisions did take economic interests into account, he notes, but ultimately, they were driven by data about health and safety. “I’m really proud of that,” ( quote in the article from New Mexico’s Secretary of Human Services)

Santa Fe

You will be able to visit gallery after gallery, shop after shop for days on end, and still not see them all. If you arrive by air your art tour will start right at the airport which is small but sets the tone for what you will see during your stay.

As you step outside the terminal you will be greeted by the bronze statue Reverence by artist David Pearson. As described in an art guide,

“Hers is a pose of prayer, of openness to powers beyond all understanding,.. Her ancient gesture is transformed into one of welcome and benefaction in her perfect placement at the Santa Fe airport. “

statue of a young woman with outstretched arms
the Taos New Mexico airport terminal, an adobe building
statue of young woman

Taos- city and the pueblo

Taos too is an art mecca both within the town and also at the Taos Pueblo, which is also a must see for those interested in  Native American history and culture. At the pueblo, tribe members display and sell handmade arts and crafts.

As you travel around both cities and the surrounding areas, you don’t have to look for the art- it will find you.

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