By Maggie Buterbaugh
Elm Staff Writer
The Art and Art History Club organized their first ever Wine and Paint Night on Feb. 13 in the Goose Nest. The event raised money for a local school’s art program. The club’s president senior Jackie Petito said, “Usually the art programs in schools are the first things to go during budget cuts [so it was good to have this event].” The club was bringing awareness to art’s importance and how imperative it is to have help to keep the arts going.
Many people were in attendance to learn, paint and have a good time. At the beginning of the event Petito gave a short tutorial on shading and color. She explained and taught the basics of how to create a sun or moon background. When asked what she thought of the event, senior Tasheka Cousin said, “It was a great turnout. I’m glad so many people showed up. I think it’s really nice that the club members are going around teaching.”
Everyone was really involved in the painting process. Each painter had an original and unique perspective that made every painting different. Junior Grace O’Conner said, “It was nice to see people come together, working elbow to elbow. It was a great community activity.”
The Wine and Paint event was targeted at beginners and people without any art experience. It showed that it is important to be expressive and imaginative when contributing to a community. “Anyone can be an artist. I want people to know that students are interested. We need to encourage creativity to create a greater art community,” Petito said. “You don’t have to be a studio art student or major to have fun and be creative.” The event facilitated pleasant conversation and was definitely a community building and art-inspiring event that positively contributed to all types of students.