by: Linda Bartosik
An art bar? What is that? I thought one day when I was walking past it in Mashpee Commons. I peeked into the windows. Wow. Tables all set up with paints and easels and a sign advertising have a cocktail while you create. What could possibly be more fun than painting while sipping a cold glass of Chardonnay? I had to investigate this further.
It turns out that this is for everyone - no experience necessary. All the materials are included in the price and everyone paints the same painting, step by step, with the instructor. At the end of the evening everyone takes home a beautiful painting. It's BYOB They do not serve alcohol so the price is much lower than other "art bars". (I didn't even know there was such a thing as an "art bar".) This sounded so cool and I knew it was something I'd love to do, but I was not sure my husband would share my enthusiasm. (I envisioned this as a cool date night.) I walked away and thought we'd probably never get around to it.
This morning I was perusing Facebook and the Cape Cod Art Bar added new photos of some of the paintings. One was of the two Cape bridges. I fell in love with it. How cool would it be to have two paintings of that to hang in our house - one by me, and one by my husband - but yet totally different? I looked at the post again and discovered they were doing The Bridges this Saturday night. Do I dare ask him? Hey, why not? What's the worst he could say? No? I texted him the post and the info. Just as I suspected, he was hesitant at first, then said, "Let's do it! Sign us up!" Yay! He really wanted to jump in with both feet and have an adventure. He wasn't dragging himself there to just please me.
After signing up I got to thinking how, as we grow from children to adults, we lose that sense of artistic play. Our play as adults consists of concerts, football and baseball games, family dinners, etc. All fun stuff, but all situations where we sit and are entertained by others. Here is a venue that brings us back to that childhood, immerses us into creating again, and puts a drink in our hand as we do it. The best of both worlds. I have to commend my husband for throwing caution to the wind, and with a "Hell, yeah" diving in. Thank you dear, I can't wait until Saturday night.
What about you? Would you do it? Would you throw caution to the wind and step out for an evening of child's play?
PS- Calling all Cape Cod Mommies - they also offer a wonderful array of sessions just for children and families too! Check it out!
And so, as another day goes by, I'm glad we're rediscovering our inner child - together, and...I have written.
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