At a time where wine is seemingly a favourite among Batswana when it comes to conceptual outdoor events, The STORE Sip and Paint – an event that blends fine wine with art, is scheduled for March 3rd at Wagga Gardenex in Gaborone. The event is simply a paintbrush on one hand, and a wine glass on another, says facilitator Lolo Sejoe.
“The Sip & Paint concept is not entirely a new one, but it is something that has been celebrated and brought many people together in so many cities around the world. Something wonderful happens when a group of people get together and feel free to have fun with paint. Add a glass of wine and it’s laughter and freedom to express oneself all day,” Sejoe explains.
She adds: “We want the event to become an awe-inspiring event harnessing and cultivating creativity”.
Sejoe highlights that local art instructor Lesedi Rabothako will be taking attendees through an engaging crash course on how to recreate classics such as that of Van Gogh. “Famous art pieces such as the Van Gogh; starry sky of the Rhone river; Leonardo da Vinci; Mona Lisa, Pablo Picasso; violin and grape will be painted during the day. Rabothako has over 10 years experience in art with a BA (Honours) in Fine Art, traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. All supplies will be provided and the final masterpiece is a work of art ready to be taken home and hung on the wall,” she adds.
Often, as adults, we forget that it is important to be creative. That it is proven to be beneficial to our mind, our spirit and our health, says Sejoe. “The Sip and Paint is a platform to unleash that inner Van Gogh that we all have; and have fun, bond, socialise and appreciate local art while at it. It will be hosted quarterly. The event is for art lovers, art collectors, and anyone who would love to unlock their creativity.”
She states that other activities will include a live speed painting performance; an artistic technique where the artist has a limited time usually within minutes to finish the work, live sketches, wine pairing, poetry readings, live music performances and a variety of local fine artists stalls as well as food stalls.
“People should expect an opulent, fun-filled event and at the back drop of that fun is just a celebration of art over good wine.”
More information on the event is available on their Facebook page The STORE. Tickets are currently on sale at webtickets.