History of Creative Arts Enid
Creative Arts Enid was started as a for profit LLC by Patricia Ridge Bradley in 2009. Patty always dreamed of a creative place where children and adults could learn basic art skills and then go on to develop those skills. One day, while sitting in church, she was challenged by the sermon to follow that dream. Patty’s degree is in Fine Arts with an emphasis on Drawing, so that is where she began, with Pencil Drawing. She developed an 8 week course.
Classes were first held in a room at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, but as the number of students grew, she saw the need to move to larger quarters. With an anonymous donation of $5,000 from one of her adult beginning students, she had the courage to make the move. Creative Arts Enid opened at 217 W. Washington in February of 2011. In this new location, classes were expanded to include Charcoal Drawing, Acrylic Painting and Watercolor.
In May of 2011, Patty got the unexpected news that her husband’s company was closing the Enid office and he was being transferred to Oklahoma City. She hated the thought of closing the Studio. With the help of some friends, they decided to convert Creative Arts Enid to a non-profit organization. They immediately filed the paperwork and sent it off in August of 2011. Despite the uncertainty of that outcome, Summer Camps were added for kids 1st through 6th grade, and it was a rousing success. In September, Creative Arts in Schools was started and grew to include every elementary school in Enid. CAE was able to secure space at NOC-Enid and added Pottery classes.
Non-profit status was granted by October (effective 5-11-11) and Patty moved in November leaving the studio in capable hands. Classes continued to grow, but parking was a real problem. In November of 2013, the Studio moved to 222 E. Maple, Suite 100. This large facility also housed (at that time) Klemme Photography, Friesen Design, Enid Buzz, KJ Productions, with additional offices ready to rent. The building became known as Creative HQ in early 2014.
The torch was passed to Lisa Magyar who became the Director in 2015. Lisa is a potter and painter, and her emphasis is in these areas. Classes held currently include Mommy & Me, Skip to my Louvre, Wheel Pottery, Pottery Lab, Follow Me, Modern Musings, Teen Paint & Sketch, Sip 'n Sketch, and numerous workshops featuring local artists.
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