The Chickasha Art Center celebrated its five year anniversary with—appropriately—a painting party. 

Owner, Carrie Chavers, led a large group of about 30 people in a Paint on Canvas Workshop. The featured painting was a Christmas pickup. 

An art teacher at the Chickasha High School, guiding artists of all levels seems to come naturally to Chavers. Participants seemed comfortable asking questions. And while some artists were humble about their painting skills, all were trucking along. 

The Chickasha Art Center first opened in September 2014. Over the years, Chavers has provided a variety of fun, accessible  workshops, including Paint on Canvas, Paint on Pottery as well as several art camps for local youth. The art center has branched out to pottery this year thanks to the installation of a new kiln. 

Before opening her own shop in the current building at 624 W. Chickasha Ave., Chavers held Paint on Canvas Workshops at the Wellness Studio. Chavers' artwork can be seen in the form of murals at First National Bank and other businesses around Chickasha. 

On Nov. 30, the Chickasha Art Center will hold a Paint on Pottery open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Resident artist Sean Brown will also be be giving "Throwing on the Wheel" demonstrations and lessons.

At the Chickasha Art Center Anniversary party,  Brown painted mugs and ornaments that will be sold exclusively at the Chickasha Festival of Light gift shop. Chavers and Brown have painted the Christmas hay bales that can be seen around Chickasha. This will be the ninth year the Christmas-themed hay bales have decorated the city. 

At the party, Janie Epperson won the grand door prize, which included a choice of a private paint or pottery party, a free week of a children's art camp for one child, or four free paint or pottery workshops. 

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