OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., -- This fall, seven Ada-area artists journeyed to Quartz Mountain for a long weekend of intensive artistic study.  The artists attended the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OFAI), a series of weekend retreats for adults taught by master artists in the literary, visual and performing arts.

Debbie Brown, Linda Gamble, Trina Jones, Laura Morrison, Tina Vercelli, Carla Wade and Rodd Wellington immersed themselves in art and renewed their creativity at OFAI.  They each studied a chosen discipline for approximately eight hours a day while networking and forming mentor relationships with nationally-renowned artists.

OFAI gives Oklahomans a chance to study with master artists and stay close to home.

True beginners and professional artists alike can find OFAI workshops that fit their expertise and interests in a variety of classes, including painting, photography, printmaking, writing, dancing, storytelling, choir, theater, and arts integration.  OFAI is held at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center and state park in southwest Oklahoma.



All Oklahoma public school educators automatically receive full scholarships to attend OFAI, including tuition, room and board.  Ada teachers were sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the Helmerich Foundation, with additional program funding by the Oklahoma Arts Council.


This summer, Oklahoma high school students can study with equally renowned artists at the Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.  Auditions begin in January for the intensive two-week program, held June 9 – 24, 2007.  All accepted students receive full scholarships to the program.  Visit www.oaiquartz.org or call (405) 321-9000 for more information.


The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization developed in 1977, with a vision to cultivate established and emerging artists and educators through art workshops, immersion and awareness. OAI administers a fine arts program for talented Oklahoma youth and a series of continuing education workshops for adults. 


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