Make your own masterpiece

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CHILO – Calling all Van Gough wannabes, Rembrandts in training and potential Picassos.

The Clermont County Park District invites you to pick up your paint brush and attend its first-ever Painting in the Park event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Chilo Lock 34 Park.

Actually, you don’t even have to pick up your own brush.

Charity Peter of Art Surrendered provides the brushes, paints, easels, canvases and step-by-step instructions for guests to create their own 16×20″ canvas masterpiece of the iconic Chilo Lock 34 powerhouse and water tower on the Ohio River.

Cost is $35 per person; capacity is limited to 30 guests.

In addition to painting, there will be refreshments with short nature and history presentations by Park District Naturalist Robin Green and Chilo Lock 34 Visitors Center Site Manager Ben Morrill.

“As we begin the Park District’s 50th anniversary year, we’re looking for new and fun ways to interact with our guests,” said Mark D. Motz, community relations manager. “Painting in the Park will be a great family fun activity, a good girls’ night out event or something a little different for date night.

“This is an exclusive, intimate opportunity to make a personal connection with a beautiful, unique gem in our park system, as well as make your own personal keepsake of the night and of the park.

“We’re excited to have Charity’s infectious energy and artistic talent to lead our guests through this experience.”

This event is limited to ages 16 and up.

To register, please visit our Signup Genius link here.

Mail or drop off check payments at the Park District business office at Pattison Park – 2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103 – during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Guests also may make credit or debit card payments – with a nominal service fee – over the phone at 513-732-2977 during office hours.

Payment deadline is noon Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

Questions? Please write Mark Motz at mmotz@clermontcountyohio.gov.