Paint Day!

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WITH FUN and FOCUS: Paint Day at Columbia Basin Care emphasized creative fun. An enthusiastic group of nearly 20 residents, nurses, and staff took part in the inaugural event.

No artistic experience? No problem!

At Columbia Basin Care there are just two requirements to unleash your inner artist: Play with paint, and have fun.

Paint Day at Columbia Basin emphasizes creative experimentation over artistic experience, and is patterned after the popular Paint Nite events held in bars and cafes across the country. The activity blends art instruction with a party atmosphere. Last week, an enthusiastic group of over 20 residents, nurses, and staff took part in Columbia Basin Care’s newest event.

The result? Dozens of accomplished paintings, along with lots of laughter and fun.

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CREATIVE FUN: John Munoz, center, shares laughter and ideas with Columbia Basin Care staff, Janet Sullivan (left) and Julie Turner (right).

“It was a blast!” said Kelsie West, the nurse who led the group with painting instruction and tips. “People who didn’t think they could paint discovered they really could!”

Alesia O’Brien, Columbia Basin’s activity director, organized the event with help from staff who had enjoyed local Paint Nite gatherings.

“We had a great turnout,” she said, “and the residents got to be creative and try something new. It was a lot of fun. They loved it.”

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NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Paint Day emphasized creative fun over artistic experience. Sharon Gowdy was pleased with her result, a painting of the aurora borealis.

Because it was such a success, Paint Day will occur monthly at Columbia Basin Care, the area’s only community-owned, not-for-profit nursing home.

Donations of paint, brushes, and canvas are welcomed. Volunteers are also encouraged to help with the event.

To make a donation or volunteer, please call or visit Columbia Basin Care, 1015 Webber St., The Dalles, Oregon, 541-296-2156,