APL Paint Night bringing out inner artist


The public is invited to put paint to canvas in support of the Airdrie Public Library (APL) during its first Paint Night fundraiser event on March 4.

The introductory art lesson brings adults together for an evening of creativity, wine, snacks and friendship all while supporting the library, said APL arts and culture co-ordinator and local artist Veronica Funk.

“Whether you have experience (with painting) or not, it’s just a fun evening out,” she said. “You’ll learn something new.”

Participants of the Paint Night fundraiser would delve into acrylic paints and learn how colour mixing can be utilized when painting their masterpiece, Funk said.

Since creating simpler shapes is a good way to get comfortable with art, she said she would walk Paint Night artists through a step-by-step guide to create a moonlit path.

After conducting paint nights with large groups of people in the past, Funk said people who have never picked up a brush before are often unsure of their abilities and convinced their artwork will turn out awful.

In the end, she said most can’t believe what they are actually able to paint.

“People are creative,” Funk said. “I always equate art to handwriting or your thumb print.

“Everyone’s is going to be a bit different and that’s what makes it interesting and exciting.”

Adults tend to be very self critical, she said, and this might have stopped some people from picking up a paintbrush later on in life.

Funk encourages people to think back to when they were children and art came naturally with no judgment and just fun.

“It’s great to bring that to adults,” she said. “It’s always a privilege to see people have fun and be happy and enjoy the arts.

“We’re all a lot more creative than we give ourselves credit for.”

All materials needed for the Paint Night fundraiser are provided and Funk said people’s masterpieces will be dry and ready to take home by the end of the evening.

Though it is an introductory class, she said artists of all skill level are welcome to come and connect with other creative minded individuals in the community.

“We’ve seen our arts community just start rising,” Funk said. “The more we work together, the more pride we have in our community and the more we get to know each other.

“It’s just an all around good situation.”

The Paint Night fundraiser, which is recommended for ages 18 and older, kicks off at 7 p.m. at the APL. Tickets are available at the APL front desk for $40.

There is only room for 35 people, so Funk recommended buying tickets early to ensure a spot.

“The tickets are really selling,” Funk said. “I would love to do it again if it’s successful and everyone has a good time.”


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