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Crisp Museum hosts Paint Night Paris for students and community

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Freshman double major of psychology and art Kaylee Shelby adds stars to her Paris night sky.
Photo by Koki Lynn

SEMO’s Crisp Museum at River Campus hosted a Paint Night Paris, inviting staff and students to an evening to paint Paris’s iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower Feb 28.

Curator of education at Crisp Museum Ellen Flentge leads the paint night classes at River Campus.

At this paint night, students were given a small canvas on an easel, an assortment of paint brushes and four colors of paint as well as step by step directions from Flentge on how to create their landscape of Paris.

Flentge said she wants to share the opportunities offered at River Campus with all SEMO students.

“Here at SEMO university, we want to interact at the museum with students more and have them come into the museum,” Flentge said, “So far, this is our most popular paint night that has been attended. We have twelve people attending.”

After seeing the popularity of paint nights and attending paint nights herself, she decided that she wanted to share with the students here at SEMO.

Curator of education at Crisp Museum Ellen Flentge teaches the class how to blend colors seamlessly.
Photo by Koki Lynn

Freshman double major of psychology and art Kaylee Shelby said her preferred art style is charcoal drawing and realism.

“Anything where I can draw what I see, that's what I prefer,” Shelby said.

High school senior Maddie Fitchpatrick plans on majoring in early child education and art. She heard about this event from her Thinking and Expression teacher.

Fitchpatrick said she likes abstract art and had recently been into pointillism, but sometimes goes back to her art roots.

“In my free time growing up, I used to paint like this so I still think it's relaxing like I did when I was little,” Fitchpatrick said.

She agreed with Shelby, her plus one, that they would love to return.

“I'll be back, we want to do the spray paint class, so I'm very excited about that,” Fitchpatrick said.

Graduate student Lindsey Dewey prefers painting over other forms of art creation.

“I just enjoy painting and I do the art class here on Wednesdays,” Dewey said.

The next art event held at Crisp Museum will be Fool Moon Paint Night, March 7.