Voila! delivers painting fun for all in premier class
Margo Mayberry lay down her brush, looked at the canvas before her and pronounced it unfit for sailing.
“I hate my boats,” she said. “They suck.”
Ana Morris, whose sailboats Margo was trying to emulate, strolled over and stood behind her student.
“Oh no, they’re lovely – just lovely,” said Ana, the embodiment of British civility and manners. “Now here’s what I’d like you to do.”
Years of accumulated artistic experience allowed Ana to instantly identify the problem and offer a solution to right the ship.
“This is the first painting I’ve ever done in my life, and I’m 70,” Margo would say later, at the conclusion of Club’s newest activity, Voila! Examining her finished painting, now containing Ana’s suggestions, her appraisal had changed colors.
“I’m very satisfied. I will actually hang it in my house.”
Margo wasn’t alone in her positive assessment of the class and its instructor, who helped each of the participants complete a painting of which they could be proud in just three hours.
“I loved it,” Addie Bierley, Margo’s sister from Niagara Falls, N.Y., said of the weekly Thursday class. “I thought Ana was a great instructor. She was patient and gifted in helping us create something that surprisingly doesn’t have to be thrown out.”
For the class Club provides a canvas, easel, brushes and acrylic paints (as well as complimentary snacks and wine), while Ana brings in one of her original paintings for participants to copy. For the premier Voila! workshop, it was a lush landscape entitled “Paradise Calling,” featuring palm trees, a backdrop of purple mountains and an idyllic blue lake.
“We’re not night clubbers or gamblers,” said Margo, who had always wanted to paint. “I saw the rack card for (Voila!) in the lobby and thought, `Ooh, wouldn’t that be fun.’ And it really was.”
Be sure to sign up for Voila! on your next visit. It’s a great time!