EVELYN STONE HOLLAND
...Evelyn Stone Holland
brought about two dozen pieces from the Willard Stone Museum
, located Scenic Highway 412 east of town, and spoke about her
late father's inspirations and work methods.She
also showed a video done by KTUL Channel 8 in 1980 during the three presentations she
did throughout the day and evening.
"Dad said he
could look at a block of wood and see the carving within it," said Holland
father, in the video, also mentioned this fact, saying, "I see if finished before I ever take a chip off it.I only carve it so that others can see what I see."
Those attending the presentations were able to see the pieces Holland had brought up close, a rare treat.Even when displayed at the museum, the pieces are behind glass.Here, the students were within touching distance.
talked about each of the pieces she
had brought from the 150-piece collection at the museum, telling stories about many of them.
A collection of tiny animals drew the attention of the students - a collection called, "Sophie's Dog House Collection."
"When Dad got into the dog house with Mom, he'd do a little wood carving to get her
back in a good mood," said Holland
Noting that Stone used three basic themes throughout all his work - the good earth, the change of seasons, and the cycle of life - Holland
explained, "World Cooperation," a sculpture of two dung beetles working together to accomplish a goal.
"Dad said that if the nations of the world had enough common sense to work together like the dung beetles, a lot of our problems would be solved," said Holland
"The first, 'Exodus,' Dad was paid $7,000 for, and 10 years later, when he
did 'Uprooted,' he
was paid $49,000'," said Holland
."That is just an example of how much the value of his
work had increased in 10 years."
Willard Stone's favorite piece, "Something to Believe In," is reproduced in bronze in front of the local museum.
"Dad said the little boy in that piece represents all children of all races," said Holland
."They need to be taught about their uniqueness and have something to believe in."
, a jewelry artist, was recently asked to design a piece to help in the healing for the family members of the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City.That piece was placed on a plaque, presented to the families on the anniversary of the bombing, and today hangs in the newly-opened museum in Oklahoma City.She and her brother, Jason, who is also a wood sculptor, will take some of their work and their father's work to Germany for an exhibit in August 2002.
Other Native American artists also will be making this trip with representative artwork.
In February 2004, Gilcrease Museum
in Tulsa plans an extensive exhibit of Willard Stone's work.
"We are gathering as many original pieces as we can," said Holland
, adding that parts of the exhibit will leave Gilcrease for national and international exhibit in other museums.