ENID, Oklahoma — With Enid News & Eagle’s new public art guide in hand, anyone can take a stroll or drive through Enid to find dozens of works of art that will spark nostalgia or put a smile on their face.
The Enid News & Eagle worked closely with Visit Enid and Hive Appeal to publish Enid’s only printed public art guide, featuring outdoor murals in Enid as well as other public art such as statues and monuments, many of them historical.
“We know people have wanted a complete printed guide to Enid’s outstanding murals and public art for some time,” said Cindy Allen, editor of Enid News & Eagle. “We’ve made the release of this new art guide a priority for us this summer.”
The 100-page pocket-sized guide contains 70 murals and other public artworks. The murals and public artworks are numbered and included in maps of downtown and the entire city of Enid.
“This guide will help locals and visitors see and find each of these wonderful works of art,” Allen said. “These works of art were created by the best and most creative artists in our country and region.”
The Enid Public Art Guide is available from News & Eagle, 227 W. Broadway; the Enid Welcome Center, 201 W. Garriott; and at several tourist spots in the city. The Oklahoma Tourism Bureau will also distribute the arts guide through its website and at some of its visitor centers across the state.
“We see this public art guide as a wonderful way to celebrate creativity in Enid and to introduce visitors to the diversity and breadth of art in our community,” said Allen. “While this release features primarily an outdoor art gallery, a number of our local businesses also have murals created within their businesses. So there are wonderful artistic surprises everywhere in our community.”
With artwork scattered throughout the city, all of the local art is hard to miss, said Rob Houston, director of Visit Enid.
Enid is one of the fastest growing public art cities in the area, and several people came to the Welcome Center asking for a printed public art guide,” Houston said. “Now we will publish a guide that not only showcases the work of our talented artists, but also helps the public find these cultural treasures.”
An online guide to public art is available at VisitEnid.org. The new printed public art guide can also be found at https://tinyurl.com/ENIDartguide2022.
“We hope that visitors to our community will see these murals and also spend time in our shops and restaurants and truly enjoy all that Enid has to offer,” Allen said. “We would like to expressly thank our sponsors who have contributed to making this project possible.”
Sponsors include Park Avenue Thrift, Visit Enid, Enid Regional Development Alliance, Security National Bank and Main Street Enid.