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A Starry Night Forecast for AMA Painting Party

Corks & Canvases: The Starry Night

Thursday | February 15 | 5:30-7:30 PM 

The Starry Night, the unforgettable landscape by Vincent van Gogh, will be the subject for the Feb 15 Corks & Canvases Painting Party at the Albany Museum of Art.

The Starry Night, with its turbulent stars, moon, and clouds dancing in a dark blue sky above a sleepy town and a cypress tree that resembles a dark flame, is Van Gogh’s most widely recognized work,” AMA Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem said. “The movement he captures with bold brush strokes is fascinating.”

Corks & Canvases: Starry Night will be 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, Feb 15 in the AMA Classroom. Participants, who must be 21 or older, can enjoy wine, snacks, relaxing background music, and conversation while they recreate Van Gogh’s masterpiece with step-by-step instructions. The workshop is for all skill levels, including those who have never painted.

“We have couples and friends who enjoy painting together, but we also have folks who like to paint solo,” Vanoteghem said. “We have a real mix of participants. It’s a good place to spend time with friends and to make new friends. Plus, there’s no pressure. You’re going to go home with a work of art you created, one that you will be proud to show.”

The 16-by-20-inch canvas, paint, and brushes are all part of the registration fee, which is $30 for the general public or $25 for AMA donors. The registration link may be found HERE.

“This is our second painting party in which we featured a work by Van Gogh,” Vanoteghem said. “Last year, we recreated one of his still-life paintings of sunflowers. That one sold out early, as have most of our painting parties, so I would not put off registering.”

Van Gogh (1853–1890) painted The Starry Night in June 1889. The oil painting captures the predawn view the troubled artist had from the east-facing window of his room at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, southern France. He voluntarily checked himself into the asylum and stayed there about a year following his December 1888 mental breakdown during which he cut off part of his left ear.

The painting is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.




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