Bur­neta Venos­del

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Bur­neta Venos­del was raised on a small farm in Ok­la­homa near where the Land Run of 1893 rooted her family. When she was 8 years old, she took a paint­ing class from a lo­cal artist and knew then that she wanted to be­come an artist.

Not re­al­iz­ing her dream un­til in her 60s, Venos­del has ac­com­plished very much in a very short pe­riod of time. Her ac­com­plish­ments in­clude a sculp­ture placed in the Fort Sill Na­tional His­toric Land­mark and Mu­seum in Law­ton, Ok­la­homa; a fea­tured artist’s show at the Mu­seum of West­ern Art in Ker­rville, Texas; a three-woman show at the Car­riage Fac­tory Art Gallery in Newton, Kansas; and a sculp­ture un­veil­ing at the Hot Springs Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Hot Springs, Arkansas—to name a few.

As a found­ing mem­ber of Pre­serv­ing Arts in the Osage, Venos­del has helped or­ga­nize and bring fine art shows to Pawhuska, Ok­la­homa. She has vol­un­teered many hours to ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ing and work­ing on a larg­erthan-life mon­u­ment of ac­tor Ben John­son for Bronze Horse Foundry in Pawhuska.

She has also ded­i­cated count­less hours to sev­eral art com­mu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions to which she be­longs, help­ing form TOSS, a sculpt­ing group in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, that is a sec­ondary group of the Ok­la­homa Sculp­ture So­ci­ety. Venos­del is also a for­mer co-chair for the Women Artists of the West (WAOW) Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion in Bartlesvil­le, Ok­la­homa and serves as the vice pres­i­dent of WAOW’S ex­ec­u­tive board.

“As a sculp­tor, my sub­ject mat­ter is connected to my up­bring­ing and pioneering roots in North­west­ern Ok­la­homa,” she says. “I am driven to ex­press my­self and record these sub­jects in bronze.”

Right: Bur­neta Venos­del, Tall­grass Chal­lenger, limited edi­tion bronze, 20 x 10 x 14" Far right: Bur­neta Venos­del, Goat-moun­tain Man, limited edi­tion bronze, 11 x 8 x 15"

Bur­neta Venos­del, Tall­grass War­riors, limited edi­tion bronze, 20 x 20 x 13"

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