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Leaving a 'Legacy'

Willard Stone’s “Something to Believe In” is among the works in the 'Living Legacy' exhibit.

Courtney Silva March 23rd, 2011

A father and son’s mutual love for the art of sculpting is the premise for “Living Legacy,” an exhibit now showing at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive.

“Living Legacy” features the wood and bronze sculptures of Willard Stone and his son, Jason. The elder Stone passed away in 1985, but his son carries on the craft, said Erin Page, director of communications and marketing for the museum.

“A lot of common themes in their work is the strong connection that they have to their Cherokee heritage, as well as their love for nature,” she said. “It’s interesting to contrast their work but also to recognize that they share a lot of the same ideas.”

One featured piece, “Songs of the Trail,” has a special meaning. Jason Stone found sketches of the work in his father’s drawing pad and decided to finish it — something his dad never got the chance to do.

“Living Legacy” remains on display through June 18 during regular hours:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for children 5 and under.

For more information, call 235-4458 or visit —Courtney Silva

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