By Stewart Grant
Perhaps you’ve been to the Creamery or the Westover Inn and seen a group of people all with their own painting canvases and having a great time. Or maybe you’ve had a friend host a paint party at their house, or seen the ensuing artwork proudly displayed on Facebook. The “paint night” trend has most definitely hit St. Marys.
Kassandra Heath, owner of Artsy Night in London, is one of the local “hosts” who is putting these types of events together, having recently done so at our friend’s house in St. Marys.
Heath explained, “For anyone who has never heard of this type of night out, it is a really laid-back fun experience with learning to paint on canvas. It takes about 2 hours and all you have to do is show up. I supply absolutely everything, even an apron if you feel you might need it. I paint along with the group so you can see exactly how I create the piece. Most of my attendees have never touched a paint brush let alone can draw, and 99% are happy and create successful works of art they are happy to take home and show off. A lot of this of course is down to the instructor. You need to have a way with describing actions and using good analogies to get the point across.”
“Created and formed by the idea of a pop-up art lesson that anyone can try, paint nights are about creatively sharing your social spotlight with a friend over drinks. In the last 4 years it has grown rapidly into Canada and has become very trendy,” said Heath. Her business has seen exponential growth since she started hosting parties in 2015, as she has done over 100 separate events so far.
Meanwhile, both the Parkview Creamery and Westover Inn also started running events in 2016. Kim Start has hosted about five events so far at the Creamery, typically every three weeks or so. Tickets for the Creamery events are sold online at paintnite.com or ask them at the bar for a special voucher. “It’s a lot of fun for both females and males and anyone can do it. It’s just a great night out filled with laughs, food and drink,” was the word from the Creamery. At the Westover, Bailey Felkar typically hosts events a couple Thursdays a month in the summer and once a month otherwise, with the next event coming in February. Contact the Westover directly for information on upcoming events.
For anyone who wants to host their own private paint night, they can contact Kassandra’s Artsy Night business through phone (226-456-0928), Facebook (Facebook.com/paintingheath) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. While the focus of this article has been on the adult paint nights, Kassandra also mentioned to me that she also instructs children’s birthday parties. To me this seems like a great idea. Perhaps this could be the next trend to hit St. Marys.