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Paint Nite benefits children

LOCAL ARTIST Denae’ Manion, from left, Urban Paper owners Jill and Tom McDonald and Big Brothers Big Sisters Wasco County Match Coordinator Kateel Muhs have joined to hold a Paint Nite fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles.

LOCAL ARTIST Denae’ Manion, from left, Urban Paper owners Jill and Tom McDonald and Big Brothers Big Sisters Wasco County Match Coordinator Kateel Muhs have joined to hold a Paint Nite fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Photo by Derek Wiley.

Kateel Muhs enjoyed Paint Nite in The Dalles so much that she asked its organizers if they’d be interested in helping Big Brothers Big Sisters — the program she serves as Wasco County’s match coordinator.

They were.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser is Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Clock Tower Ales. Tickets, which are $45 each and can be purchased online at https://www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/thedalles/917257 until Oct. 21. BBBS gets $15 from each sale. Tickets will not be available at the door.

“It’s super popular,” Muhs said. “They seem to sell out really quickly. I don’t paint [outside of Paint Nite], really. But it was a lot of fun and I keep signing up for them.”

Paint Nite originated outside of Boston in 2012.

Tom and Jill McDonald, owners of Urban Paper in downtown The Dalles, hosted their first Paint Nite at Sunshine Mill in April. They’ve also held events at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Union Taphouse in Mosier and now have parties every other Tuesday at Clock Tower Ales.

At Paint Nite, people are invited to create art over cocktails. At the BBBS event, local artist Denae’ Manion will guide the group with step by step instructions as they try to recreate her original work of two flowers. But participants are invited to make the piece their own.

“If you want to paint it green, blue, it’s on you,” Tim said. “Go for it.”

Canvases, easels, paint, brushes and aprons are provided. No experience is needed and Tim said painters of all skill levels typically show up to the events, which makes the final products interesting.

“Most people haven’t painted in a really long time but it’s always really cool to see how they turn out,” Tim said. “It’s truly a big surprise at the end of the night when you see 30 different paintings. It’s beautiful. I love it.”

The primary goal of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Paint Nite is to raise program awareness and recruit adult volunteers. BBBS currently needs 18 Bigs.

Participates who provide a potential Bigs’ contact information will receive 15 percent off their food bill at the end of the night.

“We have our downtown business so we’re a real integral part of the community so it’s a good win-win for everybody,” Tim said.

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