MASTERSTROKES: Sip and Paint at Gayndah Art Gallery on Saturday was forced inside due to the breeze, but that didn't stop these Picasso's from producing beauty.
MASTERSTROKES: Sip and Paint at Gayndah Art Gallery on Saturday was forced inside due to the breeze, but that didn't stop these Picasso's from producing beauty. Contributed

Paint brush in one hand, wine glass in the other

WINE time took on a new twist on Saturday, as Gayndah Art Gallery hosted its second Sip and Paint session, a year to the day since its first.

Co-ordinator Susie Capewell said it was so successful, she was already itching to host a third.

"If you're interested, get in touch because I will organise another event, I just need the feedback,” Ms Capewell said.

"We had so many comments on Facebook, people saying how sorry they were to miss out.”

In fact, there were so many last-minute bookings, artists Vanessa Allegra Christi and Melissa Christi, who were presenting the opening of their exhibit Nature of Beauty afterwards, shared the one canvas, alongside Bernard Dolinski.

Vanessa Allegra Christi, Bernard Dolinski and Melissa Christi at the Sip and Paint event at Gayndah Art Gallery.
Vanessa Allegra Christi, Bernard Dolinski and Melissa Christi at the Sip and Paint event at Gayndah Art Gallery. Contributed

The trio painted a classic Australian landscape, a shepherd's hut surrounded by fluffy white sheep.

Attendees were issued raffle tickets with their entry to win a prize of a canvas and paint set.

Each drink they bought earned them an extra ticket to win.

"But the lady who won only had two drinks,” Ms Capewell said with a laugh.

Dallarnil artist John Simpson at Gayndah Art Gallery's Sip and Paint event.
Dallarnil artist John Simpson at Gayndah Art Gallery's Sip and Paint event. Contributed

The group of 20 had started outside under gazebos, but the wind drove them inside after an hour.

"It sent the glasses of wine flying everywhere; it wasn't the paint, it was the wine,” she said.

In your typical Sip and Paint class, Ms Capewell said, you are given a set project and tutored through to completion.

"In mine, I like to let people choose for themselves and release their inner creativity,” she said.

"One woman wanted to paint her own cow, so she brought in a picture and that's what she did.”

Inge Laurijs paints her cow at Gayndah Art Gallery's Sip and Paint event.
Inge Laurijs paints her cow at Gayndah Art Gallery's Sip and Paint event. Contributed

Ms Capewell is mulling over the idea of taking her Sip and Paint sessions on a regional tour.

"People in the city have Sip and Paint sessions all the time, but they tend to miss out in rural areas,” she said.

She said, at heart, the sessions were all about well-being and socialising.

As for the sipping, Ms Capewell said nothing beats a cool sparkling wine on a hot afternoon.


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