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Uncorked Canvas program at Paddock Club mixes wine, cocktails and painting

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BreAnne M. Dale has developed a spirited approach to teaching art.

She has invited aspiring artists to come “sip and paint” with her Wednesday at the Paddock Club in the Paddock Arcade as part of her Uncorked Canvas program.

Miss Dale, Boonville, has tapped into a trend called “social painting,” which has seen explosive growth in cities across the country as people seek to imbibe and relax while exploring their creative side.

Miss Dale, daughter of Michelle and Eugene Dale, received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Cazenovia College in 2009 and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Oswego in 2011.

“I’ve been trying to find a full-time job but it’s been so hard because they are cutting that,” she said of art education.

A few years ago, on a trip out West, she noticed the social painting classes at taverns and bars. When she returned to Boonville, she found one in the Albany area and attended it.

She decided she could host such a program herself. But it would have a twist.

“I would travel and get the community involved in the art,” she said.

She has hosted the Uncorked Canvas classes in her hometown, Rome, Old Forge, Alder Creek and a few other communities. The sessions are between two and three hours long.

In addition to Wednesday’s program in Watertown, Miss Dale has a class scheduled on Friday at the Boonville VFW.

“I thought about opening my own gallery, but because of my location, I figured I’d hit the road to do it,” she said.

At all of her programs, like the one Wednesday at the Paddock Club, Miss Dale provides a 16-by-20-inch canvas, aprons, paint, brushes and easels.

All that participants need to bring is artistic talent. And it doesn’t need to be a lot.

“They could walk in and say, ‘I can’t even draw a stick figure,’” Miss Dale said. “But they come out and they are completely wowed. I think it’s a great opportunity for people who have never painted in their life but have always wanted to try.”

The “sipping” part of her program, Miss Dale said, can help to improve an artists’ confidence level.

“Some people are scared, but just having two or three drinks loosens them up,” Miss Dale said. “If they are with their friends, they have a great time and laugh.”

Miss Dale brings a painting with her for the art students to base their creations on. Those works have ranged from abstract paintings to landscapes.

“I walk through each step how to complete the painting,” she said. “They can go out of the boundaries, but I kind of walk them step by step how to do each part.”

Miss Dale said she tries to reflect the current season in the paintings she selects for the Uncorked Canvas classes.

“It’s really cool to see how the same paintings turn out differently,” she said. “The confidence shows. They can’t believe they did it.”

Robert J. Dalton, owner of the Paddock Club, said he thinks the Uncorked Canvas program is a “fantastic idea.”

“For people who don’t know how to paint, they can learn how to do it,” Mr. Dalton said. “I hope it takes off for her.”

The details
WHAT: Uncorked Canvas programs instructed by artist BreAnne M. Dale
WHEN/WHERE: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Paddock Club, Paddock Arcade, Watertown
Also, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Boonville VFW, 108 Park Ave.
THE CONCEPT: Miss Dale will guide participants step-by-step on how to create a painting in a social “sip and paint” atmopshere. There will be a complimentary glass of wine. All supplies are included.
COST: $45, but $35 for participants who bring their own canvas
To pre-register, call Miss Dale at 271-5396 or visit her website at http://wdt.me/fJdyr9
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