Paint Party bringing the community together
While some made the typical Friday night plans others made the
decision to join in for a night of painting, fellowship and promoting
substance abuse prevention.
Bohrer, owner of the Tipsy Artist, instructs the paint party
at the Concho Community Center.
On Sept. 30 tribal members were invited to partake in a Paint
Party' hosted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Strategic Prevention Framework
and Substance Abuse programs (SPIFTIG) at the Concho Community Center
in Concho, Okla. Empty canvases, paints and brushes lined the tables
that soon were filled with over 80 participants.
Special guest, Tiffany Bohrer, owner of the Tipsy Artist Paint
Palace in Guthrie, Okla., led the paint party with live painting
demonstrations, giving tips and tricks to the art of painting.
"Seeing the community come together and do things together,
you see grandparents here with their grandkids you see parents here
with their kids and that's what we're talking about, bringing community
back together in doing these events, spending time together; that
family connection is what keeps our people away from the drugs and
alcohol and that's what we're going after," Clara Bushyhead, SPIF-TIG
Tribal members were encouraged to be creative, choosing from
one of two paintings on display already completed to emulate. There
was a colorful painting of a war-horse and an equally colorful painting
of a buffalo to choose from.
"Tribal members wanting change, change for their communities,
change within their lives, this is just one activity that's something
fun and enjoyable that can be shared with families across generations.
Here we have youth, working adults, retirees, its one of those activities
that can be shared with family," Cheyenne & Arapaho Dept. of
Health Executive Director Nicolas Barton said.
While engaging with one another in a fun filled environment
and supporting prevention of substance abuse, painting is also a
form of prevention and relaxation.
"Painting and listening to music is a really great healthy outlet
that relaxes people and gives them something fun to do and people
usually say that the time slips away and they just forget whatever
they were stressed about. This has been really encouraging cause
there's been lots of ages and it's been really good for the community.
I've seen really little kids and not very elderly people, its neat
to see lots of different ages, lots of men and women and lots of
different people enjoying the whole process," Bohrer said.
The paint parties were also held in the Watonga and
Clinton communities. Participants also received a t-shirt along
with their paintings.
The Tipsy Artist Paint Palace is located in Guthrie, Okla. For
bookings or more information call 405-757-8779.