Stillwater’s best-kept secret is the Multi Arts Center that began as Multigraphis Art Center in the late 70s in a barn, Lou Hale said during the September AARP meeting.

“Later the center moved to Couch Park and shared a building with the Senior Center. And now, it’s in a new building in Stillwater’s cultural district at 1001 S. Duck, between the Stillwater Public Library and the Stillwater Community Center,” she said.

The building, completed in 2001, has more than 1,300 square feet of programming space and “a lovely sales gallery,” she added.

“The Multi Arts Center belongs to you and is actually a community art center. The city funds it, sponsors it and oversees it. The center is under the umbrella of the Parks/Events and Recreational Department,” Hale explained.

She continued, “The center is the envy of many larger communities and is one of only three municipal glassblowing facilities in the United States.”

Classes offered in the center include stained and hot glass, clay and pottery, jewelry metalsmithing, clay and pottery, textile and fiber arts, woodworking, mixed media and history.

Kids’ workshops and classes include clay creations, serendipity, cooking with a story and wee art for two to four-year-olds.

Hale added, “You may advance your artistic skills by working independently in the open studios. If you can demonstrate previous experience, you may sign up for studio time in ceramics, quilting, weaving and darkroom.”

She showed examples of fiber art, sculpture, gourd ornaments, glassblowing, photography, basket weaving and woodworking.

Hale also showed a brief video of various activities and multi classes. The video was created by Joe Ong, a professional videographer.

She volunteered to take anyone on a tour of the center. “Just call me and we’ll arrange a time,” she said.

“The center gives you and anyone else in Payne County opportunities to take various high quality art classes and to enjoy regular gallery exhibits and programs,” she added.

A professional sculptor, Hale offers clay creation workshops during the summer for young children.

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