"Playing With Paint" participants
"Playing With Paint" participants
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VAN WERT — Sip and Paint gatherings, which started in bigger cities, have grown and expanded into small towns including Van Wert.

Since it started in the fall of 2014, Van Wert Area “Playing with Paint” is still going strong. Inspiration and creativity come alive in the two-and-a-half hour session, as participants walk through a painting with a seasoned artist and take home their finished artistic creation.

Participants eat and drink with friends in a fun, social environment and have the opportunity to meet new friends as they travel the journey from blank canvas, wood or slate to finished masterpiece.

“I think it is amazing what women and men alike, think they cannot do, such as paint a ‘like’ picture with a little helpful instruction,” Ginger Rahrig said. “It really is so much easier than one thinks! You only have to come once and you are hooked! Painting is not only fun but therapeutic. Used for a wide range of disease and illness treatment plans, as well as behavioral issue therapies, art forms have proven to be successful as a non drug approach to a more peaceful life in many situations.”

Van Wert Area “Playing With Paint” currently offers a weekly Wednesday evening Sip and Paint at McCoy’s Flowers and one monthly Thursday afternoon Sip and Paint at DeShia Country Shoppe and is steadily growing. Previously seated in Brewed Expressions Cafe, a good foundation was planted. All supplies are included so all participants have to do is sign up, show up and enjoy the fun.

Events are also hosted privately for local businesses, office staff, clubs, church groups and of course family and friend special events such as birthday parties, wedding and baby showers.

“There is peace in painting for me and I believe each time someone creates art, they have a new found peace,” Rahrig said. “If only for a short time out of one’s busy schedule or often one’s need for something a single person can do in a safe environment, I can help you find joy and laughter with the beautiful colors we have been given in this life, I have accomplished my goal. From ages 10 to 100 are welcome. Guys and gals.”

Interested individuals can find out more and view a month by month calendar for planning, on Facebook by entering Van Wert Area “Playing With Paint” in the search bar on Facebook, emailing Rahrig at ginger14206@yahoo.com or calling her at 419-605-8475. You may also stop by or call McCoy’s flowers at 301 E. Main St., Van Wert, 419-238-3048, or DeShia Country Shoppe on US 127 South, 419-238-2271, for details.