What is Paint and Pour? Essentially, it’s a monthly art class held at Cannova’s Italian Cuisine during which students can drink wine the entire time if they like.
For some participants it’s a night out with old friends, an opportunity to meet new ones, and a productive creative activity that can help them let go of the stresses of life for a while.
The subject painted on Sunday, August 16, 2015 was a colorful angelfish on canvas panel. Acrylic paint was used. Acrylic was an ideal medium for the 3-hour. class which included time for a sit-down dinner. Acrylic is fast-drying and easy to paint over. It is very forgiving of common beginner mishaps.
The highly-skilled and humorous instructor, Barry Treu, already had the students in good spirits holding up a painting of wine pouring out of a bottle when I arrived at the class which begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.
I could hear laughter as I ascended the stairs to the pleasantly air-conditioned classroom that also had a separate dining area for the student’s dinner meal provided by Cannova’s Italian Cuisine.
I was warmly greeted by Linda Cannova Beckman who tended bar. She also observed the amazing progress of the class throughout the evening.
Instructor Barry Treu is Director of Education at Freeport Art Museum. He works with a variety of students who have a diverse range of needs. He mindfully selects subjects and styles of painting that can be accomplished by participants of any skill level.
Linda said about Barry, “He’s able to accommodate everyone. He allows everyone to bring their own strengths . . . you’ll learn.”
Barry’s way of teaching is this: “I try to encourage the acceptance of each person’s hand at painting no matter what the experience.”
For some of the students there was definitely a learning curve that caused frustration. Debbie Winnekins Deutsch could be overheard saying, “I’ve got a hot mess of squiggles over here!” Help was on the way. Barry was on his toes, ready to give one-on-one attention and advice to anyone who could use it.
I spoke with Ken who said that this was his eleventh Paint and Pour. I asked him what he does with his paintings afterward. Smiling he said, “I take them home and correct them.” He can see that he is making progress.
In part 2 of this story, you’ll see more photos of the angelfish artists at work and the final reveal of the finished paintings.
In the meantime, to find out more about upcoming Paint & Pour nights at Cannova’s and to view galleries of past ones, go to the website: http://www.paintandpouratcannovas.com/
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