Paint n’ Sip bright­ens town

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FOR JUSTIN Sal­ter, Roma’s Paint n’ Sip night is more than just get­ting his creative juices flow­ing, it’s a way for him to get to know peo­ple in the town.

“I moved here from Toowoomba ear­lier this year so I’ve been try­ing to at­tend as many com­mu­nity events as pos­si­ble to get to meet peo­ple,” he said. “It can be a lit­tle scary go­ing to things by your­self but it’s a good way to get out of my com­fort zone and I’ve found every­one to be friendly.”

Paintbrush­es glided across blank can­vas, while glasses of wine were sipped as six am­a­teur artists painted their best in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a sun­flower at the Chan­dra Yoga and Well­be­ing stu­dio on Satur­day night.

Mem­ber of Roma So­cials com­mu­nity group, Naya Green­wood led the night and was in­spired to change the theme from the usual cacti to some­thing more lively af­ter the re­cent surge of cold weather.

“It’s cold and de­press­ing here at the mo­ment, so why not have paint­ing of sun­flow­ers brighten up our homes when the weather out­side is so dull,” she said.

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HELLO SUNSHINE: Kieran Hock­ins, Emily Haynes, Rachel Slater, Sasha Zu­niga, Lau­rice Kennedy and Naya Green­wood.

Rachel Slater and Emily Haynes in the fi­nal stages of their paint­ings.

Naya Green­wood shows Lau­rice Kennedy a paint­ing tech­nique.

Naya Green­wood, who led the night.

Justin Sal­ter on his third paint­ing.

Sasha Zu­niga works on her sun­flower petals.

Lau­rice Kennedy works on the de­tails.

Rachel Slater, Emily Haynes and Kieran Hock­ins.

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