The Forum residents enjoy 'Sip and Paint' happy hour

By: 
MARLA LEVINE Peoria Times Contributing Writer

Photos by Marla Levine

The Forum at Desert Harbor’s resident, Sandra Fairchild, left, receives a glowing review on her first acrylic painting created at the “Sip and Paint” social taught by art instructor, Jackie Young.

The Forum at Desert Harbor’s “Sip and Paint” social produced an array of autumn acrylics by resident Sandra Fairchild, left, Lifestyle 360 program director Margie O’Boyle, art instructor Jackie Young, and Glendale resident Kayleen Alilly, in harmony with harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer.

Art instructor, Jackie Young, enjoys teaching a “Sip and Paint” wine-and-cheese social at The Forum at Desert Harbor, as well as the retirement community’s Saturday morning “Freestyle Painting” classes.

The Forum at Desert Harbor enjoyed a brush with art at a tasteful “Sip and Paint” social to the tune of colorful music by harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer.
Art instructor Jackie Young illustrated the beauty of creating an autumn acrylic painting. The wine-and-cheese mixer included all the fixings: palette of water-based acrylic paints, brushes, water canisters, and tabletop easels, each with a 16x20 canvas.
“Here’s where you become the mixer,” Young said while working the colors with her brush. “Blend yellow into red for orange and spread across the canvas for a desert sunset. Mix green, red and yellow to make brown hills.”
Young strolled by the artists at work to offer helpful hints, as the soothing harp music flowed in rhythm with the flair of paintbrushes.
“Add black to the bottom to give it depth,” Young said as she shared insights to enhance the artworks. “Dab pure red leaves through the branches and in front of the tree trunk. Dabbing, not painting, leaves on the ground. Do this and you’re really an artist.”
“This is my first attempt,” a two-year resident of The Forum at Desert Harbor, Sandra Fairchild, said. “I couldn’t have done it without Jackie and the inspiring music.”
“Every Saturday morning we have ‘Freestyle Painting,’ and twice a month Jackie comes to offer a little guidance,” The Forum at Desert Harbor’s Lifestyle 360 program director Margie O’Boyle said as she too chose to try her hand at painting.
“This is my first acrylic experience,” O’Boyle said. “Every medium is different. As a teen, I used oils. Now I remember why I loved painting. It’s a great stress reliever.”
The Forum at Desert Harbor is at 13840 N. Desert Harbor Dr., north of Thunderbird Road at 91st Avenue in Peoria. The independent private residences, assisted living apartments, and on-site healthcare center make life easier for residents year-round. To tour the picturesque, rental retirement community, call 623-972-0995.

 

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