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SERA hosts 2nd Paint Party


JOHNSTOWN - A painting party held a couple months ago by the South Edwardsburgh Recreation Association (SERA) in Johnstown turned out so well, the group is doing it again.

"We weren't expecting that many people," says Holly Patenaude, chair of SERA's recreation committee. "It was a big hit, so we thought we'd do it again."

The one in September was geared for adults, but the one this weekend will be for kids, and organizers are hoping for just as big a turnout.

"It's for the kids, but adults can do it as well," says Patenaude.

The painting party in September was led by local artist Christine Sloan, owner of Cardinal's Galop Gallery, and she will once again be leading kids and their parents in the finer points of putting paint on canvas. The Kid's Paint Party will take place Sunday, November 27 at the Community Centre on Sutton Drive in Johnstown. It will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The canvasses this time around will be a little smaller than they were for the adults, but the workshop will proceed along the same lines and be just as much fun. Sloan will put a painting on display, a Christmas-themed work on this occasion, and then lead all the budding artists through the process of recreating it. Of course, it doesn't have to turn out exactly the same; the example painting is intended rather as a jumping-off point.

"Everyone will have his or her own interpretation of the painting," says Patenaude.

Organizers would prefer if those interested in attending the event pre-register, by emailing southedrecassociation@gmail.com, but it's not mandatory, and anyone who doesn't pre-register is still more than welcome to show up on the day and take part.

The admission fee for the Kid's Paint Party will be a little less than it was for the adult edition, on account of the smaller canvasses. Admission for each participant is $25, and all the money collected will go to support SERA and its many community initiatives.

The next big event SERA's members are working on is SnowFest, which will be a community-wide winter celebration to be held in Johnstown in January. Committee members are busy figuring out the details, including the exact date of the event, but it's certainly something to look forward to in the new year.

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