Eighty would-be artists had a chance to try their skill with paint and canvas during a special Paint Nite event in Ponoka last week.
The Ponoka Kinettes hosted a special evening combining painting and fundraising Friday, June 10 at the Kinsmen Community Centre bringing the popular Paint Nite group into town. The room was fully booked with 80 participants of all kinds of skills who had a chance to learn tips and tricks to painting.
At the same time, the evening was a fundraiser to purchase dementia dolls for local long-term care facilities, explained organizer Amanda Hamilton. Along with being a fundraiser night, it was also a time to be with friends and learn some positive painting techniques.
Dementia dolls are used for patients suffering dementia and Alzheimer’s and provide some therapy to them. The dolls create some stress release to patients and Hamilton said the goal is to bring these dolls to any patient who needs them.
“The more money we will make, the more we buy,” said Hamilton.
“Wherever needs it, we will spread them out.”
These dolls are fully sanitized and are said to provide patients with some joy, she added.
The event was so popular the Kinettes are planning for a special double-header tentatively set for Sept. 10 with Paint Nite coming out at noon and at 7 p.m.
Treasurer Tina Dykstra suggests the event allows for a fun time to go out and paint with friends or for a date night.
One of the benefits of Paint Nite is organizers pick their painting before the event and all attendees paint the same work so that everyone can follow along, said Hamilton. Whether a person has training in painting or they have never painted anything before, the event is open to everyone.
“They take you step by step exactly how to paint it,” said Dykstra.
The Kinettes have had a busy few weeks with planting at the summer garden at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre recently.
The group has also started planning its group Christmas party for December.