Like many people who experienced a wild and unexpected 2020, Caroline Liggett’s year living through a pandemic was compounded by the fact that she made the career decision to devote herself to her art full-time as well.
But also like everyone, she found a way to pivot when challenges arose.
In addition to her own painting, which draws inspiration from the vibrant oceans and lush rainforests of the West Coast, she had also been giving in-person individual or group art lessons prior to COVID-19.
“I’ve had to switch to Zoom – and it was going well,” says Liggett.
Her Friday paint nights have been well attended, says Liggett, adding she’s excited to be able to offer her next online group painting lesson for free after getting support from United Way and Opus Art Supplies in North Vancouver.
After successfully applying for a United Way Love Grant, Liggett was given $1,000 to buy paint supplies for those in Lynn Valley who want to attend the upcoming painting lesson but don’t have their own gear.
The Love Grant was created by United Way to foster community connection during the pandemic, and Opus Art Supplies has sold Liggett the art supplies at cost, she says.
Liggett will guide participants though a beginner acrylic painting lesson via Zoom, where they’ll be learning to paint a birch tree.
“They all just get online and we’ll have a paint party,” she muses.
Around 40 people have already signed up, but there’s room for more, says Liggett, who will be delivering the paint supplies to registered participants who need it next week.
The event takes place Friday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Email Liggett to register for your complimentary class. A Zoom link and supply list will be emailed after registration has been confirmed.
Visit Liggett’s website for more information about her weekly paint nights and artistic practice.