Newman University is hosting a virtual paint night for the Newman community.
During the university’s traditional Heritage Month, Newman alumni, staff, faculty and students can try their hand at being an artist during the Feb. 11 Pinot’s Palette Virtual Paint Night.
Laura Hartley, director of alumni and campus events, said the idea came from a colleague.
“We wanted to do something Newman specific while keeping physical distancing in mind,” explained Hartley. “When I received the idea of doing a virtual paint night, I contacted Pinot’s Palette and they were happy to help.”
A Pinot’s Palette artist created a special painting for the event — a waving Newman flag set on a bright, clear blue sky.
The cost is $30 and includes everything but the easel. The canvas, all the necessary paint, brushes, plates and paper towel are put together in a kit for participants to retrieve before the big night.
Hartley said, “I think it’s a good opportunity to connect with other alumni and Newman community members while creating a unique piece of Newman artwork that can grace one’s home or office.”
Once participants sign up, they will be provided with a Zoom link so they can join in on the fun.
If for some reason a participant cannot join live via Zoom on Feb. 11, they will have access to the video tutorial for the seven days following in order to create their masterpiece on their own.
Painters can sign up until 3 p.m on the day of the event. Depending on when they sign up, participants can pick up their supply kits between 3 and 6 p.m. starting Feb. 8 and as late as Feb. 11.
“We’ve been trying hard to keep alumni connected throughout the pandemic,” Hartley said. “We thought a virtual night like this, an artsy night, would appeal to most. And since it’s virtual, it provides them a safe environment while still connecting with fellow Newman community members.”