For the Love of Local Art 

Steve Boaldin

One of ten children growing up in a two-bedroom house in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Susie Varner says she was only still when she had a pencil in her hand. “I loved drawing and horses, and wanted to be an artist when I grew up.” Though life sometimes limited her artistic pursuits, Susie continued to practice painting in her personal time and as part of various associations. 

Now a practiced painter specializing in Native American and Contemporary Western Art, Susie has found her home with the Edmond Art Association. As Demonstration Program Chair, she invites others to join the growing group for the love of local art. 

Monthly Demonstrations

The Edmond Art Association recently celebrated its 53rd year of operation. Around 30 members strong, the association unites artists and art lovers for monthly demonstrations and annual gallery tours. Other perks of participation include display opportunities, spring and fall art shows at Edmond’s Spring Creek Plaza, an online gallery page, and a chance at the title, “Artist of the Month.” 

The monthly meetings feature live demonstrations from acclaimed Oklahoma artists, like Steve Boaldin, Marie Kash-Weltzheimer, and Kimberly Pagonis. The February demonstrator is Jerry Piper, who will demonstrate abstract realism and discuss his display at The North Art Gallery in North Park Mall. 

Susie emphasized that membership is meaningful for both artists and art appreciators. “Our group is very diverse. We have muralists, mosaic artists, jewelry makers, welders, sculptors, as well as collectors or people who just really enjoy art.”

Artist of the Month 

At each meeting, members may submit a piece of art for “Artist of the Month.” Votes are taken, and the winner walks away with a little more pride and a lot more bragging rights. But with art, it’s not really about winning. “It’s about getting out and being social,” Susie said, “And most importantly, it’s about exploring new ideas.”

To those questioning if the Edmond Art Association is right for them, Susie’s answer is simple: give it a try. “I think everyone has an artist in them. Sometimes it’s just taking the time to find it or nurture it.”

The Edmond Art Association meets on the fourth Monday of each month at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Edmond. Membership is $35, or $15 for students. But, all are welcome to attend demonstrations for a $5 fee. Learn more about Edmond Art Association and upcoming events at

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