Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The first statewide Fine Arts & Literature Academic Meet was held in 2004.  This day-long annual meet for high school teams is sponsored by The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond and The University of Central Oklahoma.   Participating teams come from all over the metro area. 
This year we met on
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The University of Central Oklahoma
in The Education Building

Winning 1st and 2nd in the Large School category:  
Edmond Santa Fe High and Westmore High

Winning 1st and 2nd in the Small School category:  
Drummond High and Piedmont High

A good strong competition with all the questions on the arts.
Mission Statement:  The mission of the Fine Arts & Literature Academic Meet is to provide students an enjoyable opportunity to display their knowledge of the arts, literature and music and to interact with and learn from other students with like interests.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The Marine Corps Reserve just dropped off two big boxes for TOYS FOR TOTS.  We'll be accepting donations from now until Christmas.  Over 96% of your donation goes to The Marine Corps Reserve mission for providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children.  To learn more about Toys For Tots, click here.  Thank you!

Monday, October 11, 2010


The Fall I Magical Journey's class explored books about families and friends.  During the last class, the students shared their favorite with their friends and family.  They chose "The Carrot Seed" by Ruth Krauss. The students had to listen for cues, make entrances and learn a two lines.  Wow, and it really was a BIG CARROT!

 The cast was as follows:  Little Girl - Margot Schroeder, Father - Isaac Hartman,  Mother - Evelyn Swearingen, Little Sister - Paige Medley, Auntie - Alex Venard, Big Carrot - Cullen Maynard.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


 5K to MONET
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Come join us for our inaugural road race
"5K to MONET"
benefiting the Fine Arts Institute!
This family friendly run will feature races for all ages and abilities
$10 with early registration
(T-shirt included with registration by Oct. 28)

Race day price is $15

Start time is 8:00 a.m.
$25 with early registration
(T-shirt included with registration by Oct. 28)

Race day price is $30

8:30 a.m.
Through the streets of downtown Edmond
The course is certified USATF distance, and medals will be awarded to top runners in standard age groups.
Races will begin and end at the FAI's "Monet in His Garden" Sculpture
Click HERE to sign up

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"An American Flag"
Leslie Lienau

The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond is offering a special gift to FAI Patrons. 
To stimulate membership during these challenging financial times and to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, a full color print of the watercolor painting “An American Flag” by Leslie Lienau is being offered as a gift to members.  New or renewing members giving $100 and up receive the painting signed and numbered, while those giving $250 and up will receive it signed, numbered and framed.
Click here to learn more!

Monday, May 24, 2010

SUPPORT the Fine Arts Institute!

Support the Fine Arts Institute

As a FAI Patron, a variety of benefits are available to you. Being a Patron assures affordable classes and quality instruction. Your support also assists with the day-to-day operation of the Fine Arts Institute. Pick a level of annual support and join or renew today! Your donation is tax deductible as the law allows.

10% discount on classes, 4 Spring Sampler tickets, listing in annual brochure.


10% discount on classes and 4 Spring Sampler tickets.


10% discount on classes and 2 Spring Sampler tickets.


10% discount on classes



Monday, April 12, 2010

EDMOND'S GOT TALENT - An Outstanding Event!

The 2009-10 FAI Teen Board members worked diligently as a team to present an entertaining and fun event with Edmond’s Got Talent on April 10th. All the credit for selecting a great, diverse group of contestants, selling ads and tickets, running the rehearsal, emceeing, back-stage help, and pulling it all together goes to them.
Congrats to my special friends, Chase Reeser, Natasha Panchal, Kathryn Rykard, Sara Patterson, Ashlee Keenum, Chris and Stephanie Easterly, Reed Hoppe and Roslyn Dubberstein!

~Mitzi Hancuff, FAI Executive Director

Sara Patterson & Chase Reeser, Emcees

Judges, Greg White, Krista Jones & Heather Rouba with winner, Emily Hay

Friday, April 9, 2010

MAGICAL JOURNEYS for Preschoolers ~ Post by Susan Scott

Magical Journey's actors took a trip to Mr. McGregor's garden last week.  They listened to "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter and enjoyed ever so much the story and illustrations.  The actors especially liked playing the roles of Mrs. Rabbit and Mr. McGregor.   What a surprise no one wanted to be "Peter", the naughty rabbit who disobeyed his mother.  Miss Susan and Miss Chloe had fun being the mischievous Peter.  All good bunnys had a snack of delicious carrots.

Monday, March 22, 2010



Marilyn Mason is a native of California and has made Oklahoma her home since 1969. She is a self-taught fine artist and teacher and has experience teaching art to both children and adults since 1966. While living in Santa Rosa, California, Marilyn facilitated an after school art program with the juvenile court system. She worked for the City of Palo Alto, California where she designed creative materials for city publications and was responsible for curating the art exhibits for the city offices.

Marilyn has been on the faculty of the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond since 2004 where she teaches children’s art classes. She currently teaches Art In The Schools for third graders at Charles Haskell Elementary School in Edmond. Marilyn lives in Oklahoma City with her husband John. She has two children and five grandchildren.

Mimi teaches ART AFTER SCHOOL with Mimi for grades 5th & up, HOME SCHOOL DRAWING & PAINTING for ages 7 & up and MAKING ART with Mimi for preschoolers, ages 4 & 5. Click here to enroll!

Friday, March 19, 2010


Spring is here! And Spring Classes at the Fine Arts Institute are open for enrollment. Classes begin the week of April 12 and end the week of May 29th. ENROLL TODAY before classes fill up.  And mark your calendars for our Summer Camps. Enrollment for camps begins on May 1!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 27
Kathy Williams-White with Janet Hoppe
holding auction items which include a Chihuly Bowl,
Harolyn Long Sculpture and a Joan Matzdorf painting

Don't forget to RSVP for Spring Sampler! This year is sure to be very exciting, full of fun, wonderful art, good food and a memorable evening to benefit the Fine Arts Institute.
Call us at 340.4481 for reservations!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Join us for a great night of fun & entertainment!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Oak Tree Country Club
Call 340.4481 to reserve your tickets today!

light buffet
live & silent auction

Auction temptations include:
Chihuly Carnival Macchia
Children's playhouse & swing set
Autographed footballs
Advertising opportunities
Hot air balloon ride
Original art
Fresh flowers each month
Lovely jewelry
Gourmet dining
Die-cast model racing cars
1/2 day racing school
& much, much more!

Cafe 501
Deep Fork Grill
Johnnie's Catering
Joullian Wines
Louie's Grill
Oak Tree Country Club
Platt's Culinary Institute
Premium Beers of Oklahoma
Super Suppers

with special thanks to:
Edmond Medical Center
Analytical Research Labs
DNA Solutions
Kirkpatrick Bank
Cox Communications
Bank of Oklahoma
Edmond Electric
Edmond Life & Leisure
Citizens Bank of Edmond
MidFirst Bank
Touchmark at Coffee Creek
Coppermark Bank
Oklahoma Fidelity
Prime Bank
RCB Bank

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our Winter II classes began this week and our school is very busy! Most of Susan Scott's theatre

classes are
full - there
is still some room in ADVANCED ACTING.
It starts on March 23. Gary Lennon's classes are taking off like crazy! There is still room in ART STUDIO with GARY on Friday. Classical Drawing for Home schooled Children has more students than ever and Shannon Price's home school smART class on Fridays is almost full. Mimi Mason is teaching her ART AFTER SCHOOL class on Monday and Becki Collins has ART EXPLOSION on Wednesday and there is still room in her Saturday classes, BASIC DRAWING and ART BOOK (these two classes were rescheduled and will start on February 27). Emily Myers is teaching PRE-SCHOOL ART with MISS EMILY for 3 & 4 year olds on Tuesday.
We here the sounds of happy children!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


“Even though hundreds of children are in and out of our front doors each week, the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond has a variety of art classes for teens and adults,” states Mitzi Hancuff, Executive Director. “We’re not just for kids!”

Fall adult classes begin in early September. From drawing, painting classes (oil, watercolor, acrylic) to clay and pottery, The Artist’s Way (a path to higher creativity) and jewelry designing there are art opportunities for all ages and all stages. The Institute teachers work one-on-one with students during classes to help with individual development. The Institute facility at 27 E. Edwards has a creative atmosphere in a friendly environment for adults to hone their art skills.

“Whether an adult took art in school and wants to pick it up again or someone wants a first time experience drawing or painting, the Fine Arts Institute is the place to go,” Hancuff states. “A mother who joined a painting class said her art class was the only thing she did for her all week long.” Recently a 93 year old woman took a watercolor class at the FAI.

Fine Arts Institute faculty members teaching adult classes are: Gary Lennon, an award winning artist with award winning students who loves to paint murals; Dianne McMahon, experienced potter, artist and teacher; Leslie Lienau, respected Oklahoma artist who studied at the Ecole Albert de Fois in France; Stephanie Carel, jewelry designer; Mary Lou Moad, a licensed art therapist and Mary Lou Gresham, noted Edmond sculptor.

Adult classes are year round and affordable. Brochures can be picked up at 27 E. Edwards or information is available on the web at www.edmondfinearts.com. For information, call 405-340-4481.