Cool Cats - Launching Pause and Paint * Pause and Paint

Cool Cats – Launching Pause and Paint

On February 26th 2015, I stood in a room at The Augusta Curtis Cultural Center in front of 22 other women and began explaining the steps needed to recreate one of my original paintings called “Cool Cat.” This was my first ever Pause and Paint event! Twenty two women braved a cold Winter night to gather, paint and have fun! I felt so joyful seeing all the beaming smiles on their faces!

“I’m here to try to loosen up my painting skills,” said Barnes. “And support a fellow artist.”

Most of the women present, like Michelle Lawson of Meriden, were not artists and there to have fun and learn a few things.

“I’m really impressed,” Lawson said after the group took a break to look at their work. “I’m someone who never painted, I draw stick figures,” she said, laughing.

In the 3 hours you are painting, you experience a tranquil state of mind that’s really rejuvenating!

Painting is not like drawing. Paint is very forgiving and the results you get even as a new painter are vary surprising!

The blue backgrounds are coming together nicely!


Chatting away while outlining the dress of the lady in the painting.




Allowing yourself to paint & play brings joy and it’s vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships. The atmosphere at The Augusta Curtis Cultural Center was perfect for our paint night


First Pause and Paint group shot! “Cool Cats” Feb 26th 2015 – Look at all these beautiful smiles, and artwork!


Please visit Pause and Paint calendar to chose your next painting and come unleash your inner artist with us!!!



Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas. Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections. Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art. For more information:

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