The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 30, 2013

Artists paint to their ‘heart’s desire’ at Art of the Vine

By Jessica Carelock for the SNAP

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 — On the third Thursday of each month, Falling Rivers Gallery in downtown Albemarle hosts its Art of the Vine art class.

Gallery Director Nancy Lipe began this program to have something “low on instruction and high on fun” for the younger adult age group. Lipe said she got the idea from a friend and thought it was a fantastic idea. She saw it as a way to create a safe environment for young adults to interact with each other and be creative.  

“We believe everybody’s an artist, sometimes they just need inspiration,” Lipe said.

She also saw it as an opportunity for her to give back to the artists when they were not selling paintings. All of the classes are taught by local artists and each class is $35.

The most recent Art of the Vine was taught by Tammy Palmer. She is the art teacher at North Stanly Middle School and has 23 years of experience in the art field.

She began her class by telling the students a little about herself and explaining about the kind of painting the students would be doing. Her lesson was on acrylic painting and her choice theme was love and hearts.

She instructed the students to pick a color palate that blended with colors they liked. Although she gave a theme, Palmer encouraged students to paint what they enjoyed, rather than what they thought they were supposed to. She told students, “If you don’t like hearts then do a different shape, like stars.” Her emphasis was on the overall enjoyment of art.

One new thing the gallery is trying is a couple’s session in February. Rather than having this session on the third Thursday of February, it will be on Valentine’s Day. The Gallery is also considering holding sessions for private parties. There will be a special price for private parties with a minimum number of attendees.