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Paint parties provide creative school, parish fundraisers

By RENEE WEBB, Globe senior reporter
(Email Renee)

Those who raise money for schools and parishes are constantly on the lookout for innovative ideas.

Given the recent popularity of paint parties, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools is hosting two upcoming events that will allow participants to get in touch with their inner artist.

Janet Flanagan, director of annual giving for Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, pointed out that friends mentioned the idea to her about six months ago.

“I thought, what a fabulous idea because of our new fine arts building,” she said. “But even better, we have experienced art teachers on staff who can help guide guests. That makes it all the more fun.”

Heelan events

The first Bishop Heelan offering, “Work of Art Party,” is designed to be a ladies night out. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the fine arts building’s new art room. Art teachers Laurie Dougherty of Heelan High School and Amy Sobaski of Holy Cross will be on hand to offer their assistance.

Cost of the event is $65, which will include brushes, paint, a 16-inch x 20-inch canvas and wine. If you wish to attend, sign up as soon as possible as it is limited to 45 women.

“What’s so special about this event is that not only is it a fun event that will benefit the Bishop Heelan system, but it also gives those that attend a chance to peek at our new fine arts building if they haven’t seen it yet,” Flanagan said. “And better yet, they have fun and take home something they might even put up in their homes.”

If it goes well, she said it is an event they would hold again.

A second event to be offered by Bishop Heelan is designed for children. “Cookies n’ Canvas” is a special painting class for those 8 to 12 years old. It will be held in Heelan’s new fine arts building. The Oct. 18 class will be held at 10:30 a.m. and costs $35 and will include canvas, brushes, paint and cookies. The instructor for the class is Michelle Auen, an elementary art teacher for Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools.

While quite a few kids have signed up, Flanagan said currently there is room for more.

“Both of these events are a wonderful opportunity to gather friends and family together and show off the new building,” she said.

For more information about the events, call Bishop Heelan’s Administrative Office at (712) 252-1350.

Parish offering

A Sioux City parish, Immaculate Conception, is also hosting a paint party this month. Intended to be a ladies night out, “Cross on Canvas” is being put on by Poppin’ Bottles and n’ Brushes with Katie Michael walking participants through step-by-step.

“It’s a fun time,” said Sam Hacker, youth director at the parish. “Katie takes you through what brush you should be using, what direction you should be painting and walks you through everything you should be doing.”

The IC paint party is slated for 6:30 p.m., Sept. 11, in the parish center. Participants will be able to create and then take home their masterpiece paintings. Cost is $30, with $5 going to Immaculate Conception’s youth group for the National Catholic Youth Conference. For reservations, go to the Poppin’ Bottles n’ Brushes website. It is open to the public.

Hacker pointed out that this will be the second paint party; the first drew 40 participants.

“We will be doing another one in the spring to help the kids get to the conference,” she said.

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