The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 9, 2013

Getting a new home: New Creative Arts Enid studio at 222 E. Maple

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Creative Arts Enid will soon have a new home, and a special event is planned in honor of the move.

Paula Nightengale, board chairwoman for the nonprofit, said the doors will be thrown open on the new studio, 222 E. Maple, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a Feeding the Arts fundraiser.

On the menu are homemade soup, bread and a sweet dessert. A cash bar will be provided by PaneVino. Cost is a donation of $30.

A variety of bowls will be available for purchase along with original art by local artists and many of the yarn creations from the recent Yarnover Enid. All donations will be matched by Park Avenue Thrift.

“No nonprofit organization can survive on what is charged for services,” Nightengale said. “It takes the support of those who are passionate about art to make this work.”

The new studio is just east of Leonardo’s in the Arts District.

Creative Arts Enid offers classes and workshops in the forms of classical and American craft: pencil drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, photography, collage, mixed media, pottery, knitting and crochet. With a mission of providing art for all ages, students as young as kindergarten age can enroll.

Jena Kodesh will conduct a workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the current location, 217 N. Washington. Participants will learn to make baskets and bowls from found materials. The workshop is free for those who donate their creation to the Feeding the Arts event. Signup is at creativeartsenid.com/workshops.html.

Creative Arts Enid opened in 2010 under the direction of Patty Bradley. When she moved away from Enid, a team took over the business.

Carol Dockins runs the studio and teaches classes in pencil drawing, collage and some children’s classes.

“This move is going to make things work better for our studio,” Dockins said. “The parking and drop off of students will be so much better. Things can get a little hectic on Washington. In January, we will begin Art after School. Parents can bring kids of certain grades on the same day each week to have continual art experiences in an open studio concept.”

Heidi Glasgow coordinates the Creative Arts in Schools program and develops the curriculum for each year. The program is offered at no cost to schools because of sponsorship by Stephen and Patricia Bradley; Conrady Electric/Grand Avenue Lighting; Cummins Construction; Dillingham Foundation; Enid Arts Council; John D. and Virginia Groendyke; John H. Groendyke; Hiland Partners; Oklahoma Natural Gas; Stong-Holsten; Stuart Nissan; Ward Petroleum; WymerBrownlee; and Park Avenue Thrift.

Linda Stong coordinates the pottery studio on the campus of Northen Oklahoma College Enid in the lower portion of the Art Building. Students 9 and up can learn to play with clay.