Paint Nite At St. Sarkis Church
Reported By Mrs. Janet Tutuyan
Arshile Gorky once said, "An artist paints because it is a challenge to him - it is like trying to twist the devil." On the evening of Friday November 20, 2015, 32 budding artists accepted that challenge and transformed Chadrjian Hall into a gallery of artistic adventure. Hosted by the St. Sarkis Young Adults, the Paint Nite fundraiser offered participants an opportunity to exhibit their artistic abilities and just have fun. For most, it was their first time painting on a canvas, but lack of experience didn't intimidate this group. Under the encouraging instruction of illustrator and muralist Robert Tuska, artists bravely put their paint brushes to work, recreating beautiful renditions of the pomegranate and the forget-me-not flower, two important and symbolic Armenian images. When they weren't painting, participants enjoyed an array of wines and tasty appetizers and desserts. Many were pleasantly surprised by their hidden talent, and everyone was encouraging to their fellow painter friends. Most importantly, it was a fun evening for all. At the end of the night, "artists" proudly displayed their canvases for a group photo. I think everyone that night agreed with Gorky and is eagerly looking forward to the next Paint Nite challenge!