CREATIVE: Local artist Sue Keong (left) is donating her time to teach painting beginners.
CREATIVE: Local artist Sue Keong (left) is donating her time to teach painting beginners. Sophie Lester

Wine keeps creative juices flowing at new class

FIRST there was mindful colouring, but now a new class is helping Southern Downs residents relax and explore their creative side at the same time.

A Paint and Sip evening is being held at Freestone Hall on January 19, a beginners class run by local artist Sue Keong with a glass of wine included to keep the creative juices flowing.

Although this class is sold out, more are planned for next year.

At $40 per ticket, all proceeds are being donated to the hall to be put towards wheelchair accessible toilets.

Freestone Memorial Hall Committee secretary Erin Keong said it was a good way for the community to get to know each other.

"I think it's a really good way to have a bit of a relax but also do something productive,” she said.

"It's a bit more of a relaxed environment.”

With only 10 people in each class, they are designed to offer a one-on-one experience to people just starting out in painting.

Ms Keong said there were different events planned in the new year to draw people to the hall.

They include a Valentine's Day Dance on February 17 and a Lazy Sunday event in March, when a barbecue will be held and a band will play.

Ms Keong said the committee was determined to make sure the hall stays open and utilised, especially as a place for the community to gather.

"Everyone's really friendly and you live side by side and don't even realise who they are,” she said.

"Coming together and making a community, that's what it's about.”

The next Paint and Sip evening is expected to take place in February.

Keep an eye on the Freestone Hall Facebook page for details about upcoming events.



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