I've attended a few of the Art in the Archives Paint Night events held at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum which are hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society, and each one has been better than the last. It gives us all a chance to pretend we are artists, we can relax and leave all stress at the door. No pressure. Just do your thing and at the end of the night you just might have a masterpiece worthy to hang on the wall. (Not in my case, but, I do enjoy trying!)
At the last paint night held on June 21, 2017, Maggie, our instructor, took the time to walk us through each piece of the painting, explaining how to mix the paint to get the perfect colors to fill our canvases. She was excellent and really knew how to get the group to engage. I like that she urged us to use our imagination - we were able to either follow her lead, or paint the picture however we like. I had the opportunity to stand at the back of the room and look around at everyone's canvases and each one was unique in it's own way. There were a few in the class that allowed their creativity shine. There is always an offering of refreshments, which is much appreciated as most of us come straight from work and don't get a chance to stop along the way. The atmosphere is casual and fun. This is a great way to meet individuals that share the same interest as you.
For more information on the next Art in the Archives Paint Night being held on January 10, 2018, please visit http://osceolahistory.org/event/art-archives-paint-night-january-10-2018/.
Photo Courtesy: Jeannine Maassen and Larissa Bixby