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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Mabee Gerrer Museum

  • Storyteller at local museum on Saturday.
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  • Storyteller Sky Shivers will be spinning tales at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on Saturday, Feb. 22. The performance begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
     
    “We are very happy to welcome Sky to share his tall tales and cowboy humor at the Museum,” said Donna Merkt, MGMoA Curator of Education. “He is a master storyteller who has performed at many notable venues, sharing our Oklahoma stories and humor with audiences across the United States.
     
    Shivers is a local cowboy storyteller, hailing from Prague. According to his biography, Sky holds a ‘“Doctorate in Cow Lot Psychology’, a Masters in Colorful Thinking and several ‘B.S.’ degrees in Pert Near True Tale Telling… Sky started at an early age on the journey to attain these lofty degrees by hangin’ around cattle auctions, and attendin’ feed store gatherin’s on winter days after the locals had fed up the stock. Sky even apprenticed as a driver for several years with two highly successful but ethically challenged dealers of second hand mules and horses.”
     
    “Sky’s sense of humor is certainly evident in his biography,” laughed Merkt. “I think it is a pretty good indication that those who attend the storytelling are going to have a great time.”
     
    Though Sky pokes fun at his “education,” his accomplishments are certainly far from laughable. He was awarded “Storyteller of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists in 1997 and 1999, and “Best Storyteller” by the American Cowboy Culture Association in 2006.
     
    In addition to his performance at the Museum, Sky Shivers will be sharing stories at several Shawnee and Tecumseh schools on Feb. 20-21 as part of the museum’s Cultural Connections outreach program, which offers students and adults in the Shawnee area unique cultural experiences that correspond with areas of the museum’s collections.
     
    The performance coincides with the museum’s current exhibit, Voices: A Sculptural Book Inspired by the Dictionary of American Regional English (Feb.1– March 25). The exhibit features interesting, sometimes-silly, regional words that have become part of the American vocabulary.
     
    This season’s Cultural Connections performances are made possible through generous support from Allied Arts and Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
     
    The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located at 1900 W. MacArthur, Shawnee. Located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, the museum is an independent non-profit organization. For more information about the MGMoA Cultural Connections program, please contact Donna Merkt at 405-878-5605 or dlmerkt@mgmoa.org.
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