PORT ORCHARD — Danielle Rimbert has been making art her whole life.
“I lived in Kitsap for about 20 years and done commission for about as long,” she said, “painting murals, hand-done signs/flyers, logos, T-shirt design, cartoons, portraits, hand-painted furniture and even custom clothes and accessories.”
Rimbert has been involved in mural projects in both Port Orchard and Bremerton, worked on the Port Orchard Art Walk board, hosted free interactive kids art booths, and, when she was younger, worked at a pottery painting studio and helped people make jewelry.
So when a friend of a friend recommended Rimbert for a private paint party, calling Rimbert “a perfect fit for the job,” it’s not a surprise that things blossomed from there.
“I have always tried to encourage art in our community, but after that party I realized that events like that were something that were popular in the city, but not something we raw regularly in our area,” Rimbert said.
Thus began Rimbert Illustration’s regular Paints and Pints Nights.
Paints and Pints gathers together a group of people at a local business, usually breweries or wineries, who then paint a designated illustration.
“Despite being at breweries, our sessions are open to all ages and no experience is required to participate,” Rimbert said. “We choose a fun variety of themes (to) paint — usually using acrylic paint on canvas — and break down creation into step-by-step, easy-to-follow instruction.
“We create a fun, relaxed atmosphere for people to learn and spend time with family and friends, or meet new people and get out of the house. We try to incorporate one or two new painting or drawing techniques during each session, and encourage people to deviate/play and create original art.”
Paints and Pints night cost usually $35, which includes supplies, instruction and the first beverage of choice. Pre-registration is encouraged, as Rimbert said public events fill up quickly.
“We pride ourselves on providing quality service, partnering with and encouraging support of small, local business and art and creating fun events that encourage people’s appreciation of the creation process, and just getting people out of the house doing something refreshing and connecting with others,” Rimbert said.
Regular monthly Paints and Pints Nights are held at Coffee Oasis in Port Orchard, Slaughter County Brewing Company in Port Orchard, Dog Days Brewing in Bremerton, Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo and Sully’s Bar and Bistro in Suquamish.
The next Paints and Pints will be 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Slaughter County Brewing Company. For more information about upcoming Paints and Pints Nights, visit the Facebook page, goo.gl/3HBdci.