A Sip ’n’ Klimt event will be offered from 6-8 pm, Friday, September 21, at Eastport Arts Center. A riff on popular “sip ’n’ paint” events, organizer Sue Riddle conceived the event, “in the spirit of rebellion against all manner of fascism and artistic repression, but with wine, paint and humor.” Participants will create homages to some of Gustav Klimt’s paintings which were lost when retreating Nazis allegedly torched Schloss Immendorff, where the artworks were being held for safekeeping during World War II. Riddle invites artists of all levels, including total beginners, to join in for the event. “We will spend the evening sipping wine and recreating some of these lost treasures! Feel free to wear your beret, but all Gaulouises must be smoked outside.”
Riddle is a San Francisco expat who moved to Maine three years ago; locals may recognize her as The Pug Lady of Pembroke. She has dabbled in biology, art, and bookselling but her true calling is searching rummage sales and thrift stores for hidden gems. Sue has been volunteering at the Peavey Library since December, and has also been leading craft classes there as an excuse to buy more washi tape. Before she became the chief chicken wrangler at an old Victorian fixer-upper, she filled sketchbooks with natural history illustrations and semi-autobiographical cartoons.
Adults only. All materials, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks will be provided; fee is $20. Space is limited; please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or email@example.com.
The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. The work of the EAC has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.