Song of Walela (The Hummingbird)

Type of art: Sculpture

SPECIAL AWARD: Emerging Artist Award - 1st Place

A bronze casting of a plaque mounted on walnut base for wall hanging or table display. The plaque depicts an Indian woman with a hummingbird and feathers and is symbolic of the close relationship between the Cherokee and nature.

Bronze casting mounted on walnut base. 8.2" x 12.5" x 1.75"

Joyce Lyle
Cherokee Nation
Joyce Lyle has been creative all of her life and is still enjoying learning new ways to develop her abilities through art. She worked 22 years for Hallmark Cards, in Kansas City, Missouri, designing and sculpting over 220 original Christmas ornaments and figurines that were sold worldwide.  Joyce retired from Hallmark in 2006 and began designing and producing her own line of Christmas ornaments to sell. She also enjoyed developing skills in mosaics, oil and water color painting and graphite drawing. Joyce and her husband, Tom, moved to Tahlequah in May of 2019 and are proud registered Cherokee citizens.  She then began learning sculpting skills for bronze and is currently in a RAKU class working in water-based clay, being taught by Troy Jackson, a renowned Cherokee National Treasure.  She is working to become more involved in the Cherokee Art Community. Joyce was honored to have her graphite drawing of her great aunt, Dr. Isabel Cobb, accepted to hang in the new OSU Medical School building in Tahlequah.  Dr. Cobb is said to be the first female Cherokee physician in Indian Territory, spending her life serving and helping her community.
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