18 Jul 2016 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - Imagine kicking off your shoes after a tiring eight-to-five workday to unwind with a glass of wine and live painting at a Paint and Wine Night.
Done all around the world, the initiative is now in Namibia with University of Namibia (UNAM) student and celebrity stylist, Jaimee-Lee Diergaardt who hosts the evening, guiding participants through the process of putting an idea on canvas with acrylic paint and having a good laugh with a glass of wine, or two.
Having hosted seven of the events thus far, the 25-year-old Diergaardt explained that Paint and Wine Night was created to fulfil the need for more creative social events in Windhoek.
Diergaardt, who is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual Arts majoring in Creative Expressions at UNAM, said she has identified a need for a social event beyond just a bar, club or restaurant.
The monthly events aim is to spark people's inner creativity and imagination in a fun and interactive setting, by pairing instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.
Being an expert in art or experience in a particular profession is not required and participants should not be discouraged by the initial response to what is most likely foreign territory.
The two-hour evening usually begins with some anxiety and nerves, especially for people who are new to art, but by the end of the evening, everybody leaves with a masterpiece. It is a lot of fun if you just let the walls down and put the idea on the canvas.
She said the event is never dull and is different each time.
Understanding your creativity does not just happen at once and is a process. We sometimes do freestyle and explore a particular artistic technique or we focus on light and shape with an object.
Diergaardt noted that her event is not only about learning how to paint, but also about interacting with other people and using art as a relaxation method.
Producing art can be very therapeutic and there is no wrong or right. Art stimulates the mind and it makes you think - but not like you are at the office or a parent to your children or trying to understand what a friend says when you are in a loud bar or club. It is about you and how you understand whatever it may be, which is good for your mind, body and soul.
Diergaardt says it is not that she is against the regular social life of most people in Windhoek; her event is about offering a different opportunity and adding to the variety of what to do in Windhoek.
Paint and Wine Night takes place on Wednesday at the Piccolo Cafe & Lounge at Maerua Mall. It starts at 18h30 and costs N.dollars 200 per person.
The theme for this event is Star Filled Sky.