Chickasha’s best kept secret

 Chickasha’s best kept secret is visible everywhere. You just have to know where to look.
 Have you noticed the children’s area at Chickasha Public Library and outdoor areas at A&E Grill in Chickasha. Have you seen the monkey mural at Jungle Ice Fun Zone and building labels for New Life Christian Church. How about the hay bale art during Festival of Light?
 All of that and more can be attributed to Carrie Chavers of the Chickasha Arts Center.
 Chavers retired in January this year after 21 years as a public school art teacher, with 22 of those years at Chickasha High School.
 Chavers is an acrylic landscape and portrait artist with a lot of experience in pet portraits and family portraits. She has a BA in Art Education from USAO and a masters Degree in Gifted and Talented with Art Emphasis from OCU. She also has had continued training at the Chicago Arts Institute and Kansas City Arts Institute.
 Along with her husband they opened Chickasha Art Center in 2014 at 624 Chickasha Ave. after doing a year of painting workshops booked in local restaurants.
 “I needed my own place. My husband Randy Chavers and I own the Auto Works Building and I set up in the front show room.” said Chavers. “We offer kids classes all summer on Tuesday -Thursday from 3-5:30 for $20 an hour. but you could come earlier if you call first. And will be open for kids from July 5-26th, Monday-Friday from 9-12:00 for $35 a half-day.”
 She says that she has tons of ceramics to glaze, and gives throwing on the wheel lessons, hand building with clay, painting and drawing. They also book painting or ceramic parties for birthdays, wedding, baby showers and fundraisers.
 “We try to offer at least 1 night a month for the public to attend a Paint On Canvas Workshop where the picture is sketched for you and you just follow along and paint! Bringing your own beverages is allowed,” said Chavers. “We have over 300 paintings to choose from and stencils to trace, and we can also package it up into an ‘Art To Go Kit’!”
 Sean Brown, Art Teacher at Chickasha High School and Art assistant Kaybri Lokey are also at the studio to assist clients. If the studio is open anyone is welcome to come make art according to Chavers.
“I’m sometimes out painting on location, but if I’m here you are welcome to come in and make art!“