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Sizzling Hot Trend in the Arts: On Fire at the ACAC

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks
"Mandala" - created at an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

“Mandala” – created at an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

It’s a hot trend sweeping the nation, bringing people together over art and wine, and the Adams County Arts Council is on top of it! What is this craze?

Paint & Wine Night!

Think of it as a “night out,” but with a creative twist. Attendees can round up friends or family members, sign up at the ACAC, and BYOB. ACAC instructors Marie Smith or Lisa Harman lead the way, providing all art supplies and complete, step-by-step instructions. By the end of the evening, each attendee has completed a piece of artwork that can be hung in his/her home. What a great remembrance of a fun evening. Absolutely no experience is necessary.

Unique: Another version of the "Mandala" design

Unique: Another version of the “Mandala” design

Held approximately once a month at the ACAC, Paint & Wine Nights have quickly become very popular. In fact, most previous Paint & Wine Nights have filled to capacity and sold out! The next one will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 6-8 pm.

The July 2014 Paint Night theme!

The July 2014 Paint Night theme!

“Paint Nights are helping people get in touch with their creative side, while having a lot of fun,” explains Wendy Heiges, ACAC Program Coordinator.

She even developed a very special, customized Paint Night recently. A group of Gettysburg-area women, rallying around one of their friends—fighting her second round of breast cancer, asked Heiges to develop a symbolic Paint & Wine Night. They wanted the paintings created to serve as a keepsake and reminder of the women’s strong ties, support and friendship. Wendy developed symbols for the women to paint, such as the oak tree, known for its strength and fortitude. Sand, water and sky served as a backdrop to remind the women of their friend’s favorite place on earth—the beach.

The Oasis Tree: A symbol of friendship among this circle of friends

The Oasis Tree: A symbol of friendship among this circle of friends

“It was an extremely meaningful evening,” Heiges explains. “We titled the theme ‘The Oasis Tree’ with each friend painting a personal symbol or signature on the honoree’s painting.  The friends considered their own ‘Oasis Tree’ a keepsake, documented with ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ as a memento of the aptly named ‘Laugh, Paint & Sip Night’ event.”

It is said that the arts can transcend all language barriers… Music and art especially, can express what words cannot. What better way to enjoy an evening together, celebrate a friendship, have fun with a sister, bond with your spouse, etc? And don’t forget to BYOB (or BYOW—Bring Your Own Wine)! Once the wine is flowing, so does the creativity!

Click here to sign up for the July 10 Paint & Wine Night, and look for future Paint & Wine Nights on the ACAC Class Schedule.

Sunflower Memories: captured on canvas as an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

Sunflower Memories: captured on canvas as an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

 

Fall Splendor: a sparkling reminder of an evening at the ACAC

Fall Splendor: a sparkling reminder of an evening at the ACAC

 

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