Forest Scene Pop Chalee (Merina Lujan)
Pop Chalee spent her childhood summers in Taos, New Mexico. She carefully observed nature and listened to her grandfather’s stories about an enchanted forest. Details of animals and plants in Forest Scene reflect the artist’s love for Taos Pueblo. Whimsical blue deer, pink bears and trees from the artist’s imagination enliven the painting. Look for 3 porcupines, 4 skunks, 5 birds, 2 purple butterflies, 9 trees, and 5 plants with yellow flowers in the forest.
Ways to Engage
Learn about the artist and her work
Listen to Dr. Chelsea Herr (Choctaw), Jack and Maxine Zarrow Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture, talk about the painting and the artist’s life.
Unwind and take in the painting’s details with a mindful looking experience guided by Community Engagement Manager, Mia Hoskison
Make your own nature paintbrushes in this art tutorial led by School & Educator Programs Manager, Katie Dokes.
January 14, 2023
Herman and Kate Kaiser YMCA
5400 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74107
Curator Insights: Pop Chalee’s Forest Scene
January 19, 2023
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119