Art Gallery, Theater to Open in Cherokee Travel Plaza

Cherokee Nation Enterprises’ cultural tourism department will soon have a new venue to promote Cherokee art inside the Cherokee Travel Plaza in Roland. The art gallery and theater, originally opened to the public with the opening of the travel plaza last year, are undergoing a $60,000 renovation this month.
With the renovation, the art gallery will display Cherokee art in an efficient and eloquent manner with pedestals and intricately placed lighting. The gallery will be uniquely set apart from the travel plaza by elevated, frosted glass etched with southeastern designs.
As part of the renovation, the theater wall entrance will be redesigned to enhance the beauty and configuration of the gallery, allowing for more art to be displayed. The 10-seat theater plays Cherokee films on demand, using a self-serve touch screen. It is showing “Stories of the Cherokees,” a short film produced by Cherokee citizen K.A. Gilliland and directed by Andrew Sikora.
Resource Design of Rogers and Takoda Development of Ponca City lead the renovation, slated to be complete in July.
The travel plaza opened Memorial Day weekend 2007. It is located at I-40 and U.S. 64. The rustic outpost-themed, 13,000-SF facility is outfitted with 12 multi-gas pumps, six transport diesel pumps, food and beverage items, gift and sundry items, Internet connections, a drivers’ lounge, truck parts, telephones, laundry facilities, showers and a Subway restaurant.



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