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Painting With A Twist Raises Money for Local Animals
By Kiley A. Bolster

Grab a friend and a bottle of wine, and leave reservations about your artistic ability at the door for a good cause. On Sunday, Feb. 20, Painting With A Twist will host a fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Pensacola. Animal lovers will have the opportunity to become artists during the event, which will consist of painting your choice of a cat or dog on canvas. Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages and snacks to loosen up and let the creative juices flow. Elizabeth Ohlhorst, Managing Director of the Humane Society of Pensacola, is thrilled about the event, which is the brainchild of Painting With A Twist co-owners and self described “avid animal people” Jenny Muller and Heidi McDonald.

The price to paint during the event is $45, which includes the paint, brushes and canvas necessary to create your masterpiece. Have qualms about your artist talents? According to Muller, “anybody can do it.”

Whether you have never dared to pick up a paintbrush before, have tried with lackluster results, or already consider yourself the next Picasso, you will find joy and accomplishment in this class. The attentive teaching style makes it very unlikely that your painting will end up looking more like a Pollock when you were trying for a Monet. If for some reason the painting ends up less than perfect, you can still take pride in the fact that you participated for a good cause.

“Myself, my business partner and all of the artists are such animal people,” says Muller, who, along with McDonald, chose to raise funds for the Humane Society of Pensacola because the health and happiness of animals is very near and dear to their hearts.

Sixty seats are available for the class, and the Humane Society will receive 50 percent of the proceeds. Because seating is limited, please make your reservation as soon as possible either online or by calling Painting With A Twist. According to Ohlhorst, all donations received will be used for “operating costs, especially veterinarian costs for spaying and neutering.”

The Humane Society of Pensacola has a 100 percent adoption rate for all kittens and cats, and works hard to place neglected and abused animals in safe homes. All puppies and dogs are neutered or provided with paid vouchers for neutering in an attempt to diminish the ever growing population of abandoned animals. Aside from the monetary benefits of the fundraiser, Ohlhorst is excited about the opportunity to test her artistic skills.

“I can’t even draw a stick figure, but Jenny guarantees me that I will come out with a very good painting,” she said.

One of the primary interests of the Painting With A Twist franchise is community involvement. Aside from hiring all local artists to teach the painting classes, they also host a variety of fundraisers to give back to the community. Keep your eyes open for future benefits on the monthly calendar featured on their website and their Facebook page.

PAINTING WITH A PURPOSE
WHEN: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20
WHERE: Painting With A Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd.
COST: $45 per person
DETAILS: 471-1450 or paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola and facebook.com/PWATpensacola

More information about the Humane Society of Pensacola can be found at humanesocietyofpensacola.org.