About us

A grass roots movement by a fantastic group of humans - Born was the RT 66 Native Arts Alliance.
Mission - To create opportunity for the education, display, and promotion of native art and artisans on Route 66.

Explore and Elevate

Our Artist Members enjoy sharing their stories with guests and visitors, while offering unique custom designed art and gifts.

Education and classes

As part of our mission and membership we are proud of the classes by our artists in areas such as pottery, basket weaving, painting, jewelry design & silversmithing.

Meet our founders & officers

Betsy Swimmer

President

Betsy’s Real Estate Career affords her the opportunity to support Native art and cultural tourism.

Crystal Hanna

Vice president

Cherokee pottery artist Crystal Hanna found inspiration in learning from mentor and Cherokee pottery legend Anna Mitchell. She continues to find inspiration in the past while still carving out her own destiny in clay.

Gwen Coleman Lester

secretary

Gwen is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Choctaw culture is first & foremost in her subject matter.  Her acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, pen, ink, and painted gourds have won many awards over the years from the Cherokee Art Market, Santa Fe Indian Market, Red Earth and many other festivals & exhibits. Gwen has won Best of Show and many Heritage Awards from the Choctaw Nation Art Show. She won Best of Show at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in 2019, where she was named a Master Artist in 2007.

Angie McAfee

Treasurer

Angie has always had a passion for art. Her and her friends & family have always found creative outlets. She is a native Catoosan & Cherokee dedicated to supporting the community.