Creative Artists’ Studios of Ames was started by a group of individuals who were, at the time, in a clay class taught by Mary Weisgram at the Octagon Art Center in Ames. We had all been taking her class for some time and realized that what we were doing needing access to the studio more than it needed active teaching. At the same time, one of the group mentioned that his church had bought a building and were looking for tenants that were non-profit groups. So we formed a non-profit corporation and were able to rent space in a former Baptist church now owned by the Collegiate United Methodist Church.
Our mission: To provide space for artists to work, to learn, and to share their expertise with the public.