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Beer in one hand, a brush in the other

Beer in one hand, a brush in the other
The Lookout

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

Community members with an interest in both artwork and beer now have a special opportunity to combine the two.

The Lansing Art Gallery, in association with Midtown Brewing Company at 402 S. Washington Square, are offering step-by-step art classes with Art & Ale.

Art & Ale is for ages 21 and up. Sessions are every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Prices are $30 for the general public and $25 for members of the Lansing Art Gallery.

The session price includes one beer, a step-by-step art class, art supplies and a 12 x12 canvas that participants can take home after the session.

Lansing Art Gallery Executive Director Barb Whitney said Art & Ale was created to bring attention to the arts.

“You can literally spend all day doing something else without needing to prepare or study for the class,” Whitney said. “You can just go to the event, enjoy the process and take away your very own canvas at the end of the night.”

Art & Ale is designed for learners of all skill levels. No experience is needed.

“I know some people who follow the instructions step-by-step, while other people are more creative depending on their skill level and interest,” Whitney said. “We embrace all creative processes.

“We feel like this event is a really good mission program for us. We have reached a K-12 audience really well for 20-plus years. We are seeking this opportunity to engage adult learners and give the community access to art.”

Whitney said this event is a great way to learn about art.

“It is also a chance for people who already make art to learn something new or meet new people with a similar passion,” she said.

Whitney has been painting for 20 plus years. In that time, she said she has never had an experience like Art & Ale.

“My favorite part about Art & Ale is painting with a beer in hand, which I can say I have never done before this event,” Whitney said.

Whitney encouraged people to sign up for sessions.

“You can come along with a friend or with a significant other and everyone has a great time creating with one another,” Whitney said. “It is a fun way to have an experience in the community and take home a product that is a sense of pride.”

Lansing resident Jane Lenad said she has been painting for three years. She said she plans on signing up for an Art & Ale session in March.

“I am just now jumping into the art scene in Lansing,” Lenad said. “I am not the best I can be yet, but I am hoping to get better by meeting new people and getting more exposure to art.”

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