How Pause and Paint was Born * Pause and Paint

How Pause and Paint was Born

I’m very excited to share what has me jumping out of bed lately! 
 
On February 26th 2015, I launched “Pause and Paint”
 
How I started Pause and Paint
When I turned 50 years young, I gave myself an Art exhibit as a Birthday present. It was a successful event and I spoke to a lot of women about creativity. A lot of women told me how lucky I was to be able to paint and how they wished they could be more creative! I listened to these women and realized that there was truly a need for a creative outlet out there and I knew I wanted to do something about it.
I decided to write brief outline about  my idea to hold painting workshops on the back of the invitations to my exhibit. I told everyone that it was “coming soon”. I believe this was an important step in seeing my vision come to life! That’s how Pause and Paint was born.
 
The response was amazing!  On opening night, 20 Ladies signed up to pause, sip a little wine and PAINT! Since then I’ve had 4  successful events I’ve been helping schools in raising money for their art programs.  We booked 4 more fundraisers last week alone!
 
What Pause and Paint Offers:
  • I love helping women in the community enhance their artistic inner voice through painting.
  • I create a “Template & Transfer technique that takes care of the ” I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life” syndrome.
  • Pause and paint offers is a place where women can take a break from their routine and reconnect with their sense of playfulness and self-empowerment.
Sisterhood and a Safe Environment
  • Enables women to  walk into the warm and cozy atmosphere of The Augusta Curtis Cultural Center and  immediately know they stepped into a safe environment and a place of non-judgement. They immediately are able to let themselves be authentic, let go and have FUN!
  • Pause and Paint becomes a creative outlet for women who have a busy schedule and little down time between work and home. It’s a platform where women can gather in sisterhood and leave the worries and stress behind and embrace a well deserved “Me time” with their girlfriends, co-workers and family.
  • Within 3 hours, we actually witness a transformation. The weight on their shoulders is lifted and their beautiful smiles becomes wider and their faces become brighter!
  • Women around the room offer proud remarks and encouragements for one another.  As an artist, this truly feel like I am fulfilling my purpose.
 
Thank you for looking into my story and help me continue share my message to help women raise their self-esteem and to inspire them to live a glorious life through embracing a joyful and passionate life.
Nathalie Villeneuve

About

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: www.NathalieVilleneuve.com

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