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Mother Earth, native son



Published: Fri, August 16, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Artist Chebon Dacon will sign posters of the painting he did for this weekend's powwow.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

CHAMPION -- An Arkansas artist has created a painting especially for the Red Hawk American Indian Cultural Society's Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow, which will be this weekend.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Willow Ranch, South Hubbard Road, Coitsville. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Oklahoma native Chebon Dacon painted an acrylic painting depicting the creation of Mother Earth for the powwow. Posters of the artwork, which Dacon will sign, will be available for $10 at the event.

About the artist

Dacon, who became an artist about 30 years ago, also paints in watercolors, creates pencil drawings and sculpts. About 90 percent of his work bears an American Indian theme but he also does commissioned work and wildlife pieces.

Dacon has received awards for his work at other art shows including the 1998 Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City.

He also was the resident artist at Yellowstone National Park and served as Goodwill Ambassador to Australia.

Other featured powwow artists are Wanda Kover of Champion and Joann Turner of Warren, who have received Ohio Arts Council Apprenticeship grants for their elaborate American Indian bead work.

The event also showcases American Indian dancing, food, crafts, jewelry and raffles.

A football player

Dacon became an artist after his future in sports. He played football at Oklahoma University for three years until he injured his knees. He then turned to art.

"The good Lord just blessed me with a talent to draw," he said.

A doctor encouraged him to pursue his interest in art, offering to give him an art show if Dacon created enough pieces.

The show was at the university.

"I sold just about everything," Dacon said.




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