The Edmond Sun

December 28, 2012

12-29 Arts & entertainment news in brief

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Tickets now on sale for the 31st Annual Firehouse Art Center Chocolate Festival slated for Feb. 2

NORMAN — Join visual art supporters and chocolate lovers in celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Chocolate Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the National Center for Employee Development Conference Center, 2801 State Highway 9, East. During the event, vendors will offer thousands of samples of delectable chocolate-inspired delights for those who wish to purchase tickets, the proceeds of which will support Firehouse Art Center art education programs.

While the Chocolate Festival is the FAC’s only annual fundraiser, it is the hope of the organization that the event will not only raise funds, but also awareness of the visual arts and arts education in the Norman community through the inclusion of the free art activities that take place during the event.

Tickets for chocolate sampling may be purchased online at the Firehouse website, Premiere tickets for 10:30-11:30 a.m. offer 15 samples for $40, while Standard tickets offer 10 samples for $25 during later, half-hour sessions. After Jan. 23, tickets will only be available in person or by phone at the Firehouse Art Center, or at the door the day of the event.

Art activities will also be available. There will be foil sculpting for families or adults and children to try and ”Creative Cube” painting for children to design their own unique vision. The art activities are free of charge and Chocolate Festival tickets are not required to participate. Parents are encouraged to submit photos of their child’s cube to the Firehouse Art Center’s Facebook page. The most “Liked” cubes will win one of three scholarships in each age group. Firehouse faculty and University of Oklahoma fine art students will assist children with their work. Instructors will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the children’s and adult art education programs offered at the Firehouse Art Center and at local area schools.

The Firehouse Art Center’s Chocolate Festival was voted “Best Food Festival” in the 2011 and 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards from The Norman Transcript; received “the Best of the Best 2011” as Best Charity Event from Oklahoma Magazine; and won the 2009 Frontier Country Grand Award for Outstanding Food Festival in Central Oklahoma. It has been ranked third among food festivals in the U.S. by TV’s Food Network and has been featured in Southern Living and Bon Appetite magazines.

The Chocolate Festival is the Firehouse Art Center’s only annual fundraiser and membership drive. All proceeds support arts education, exhibits and programs offered to the community by the Firehouse Art Center. Find additional information on the website,

The Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves Norman and surrounding communities by offering visual art classes for students of all ages, as well as gallery exhibitions of the highest quality and original artwork for purchase in the gift shop.    

OKC Christian Fiction Writers to present Goodnight and Barton

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will present authors Linda Goodnight and Janet Lee Barton from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 19. They will be speaking about “Writing the Novella.”

With the rise of e-publishing, novellas have gained a new respect and a wider audience. Join multi-published authors Goodnight and Barton to learn the art of writing a publishable novella. Using published works as examples, this talk will explore the elements essential to the novella, how to write them, and how to give a little book a big book feel.

Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in inspirational fiction, Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, ACFW Book of the Year, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. She has appeared on the Christian bestseller list and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world. Her latest book, “Rancher’s Refuge,” released in December from Love Inspired. She and husband Gene live in Oklahoma with their daughters, Masha and Victoria.

Barton was raised in a large and loving family in Roswell, N.M., where she learned to love the Lord and was first given the desire to write. She has written multiple historical and contemporary romance novels and novellas in her career. Her latest novel is “Somewhere to Call Home” — the first book in a series for LIH that takes place in late 1890s New York City. After living all over the south, she and her husband now live in his home state of Oklahoma.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 S. Boulevard in Edmond. For more information about the group, visit the blog at http://okcchristianfiction or email Erin Young at