Painter shares her creative spirit

Drowning in paint ... Wanaka based artist Jo Jago teaches a class at one of her water painting workshops. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

One of the beauties of art is that anyone can pick up a brush to create something special and unique.
Wanaka-based artist Jo Jago is putting her best foot forward to give people that chance at the Waikaka Arts and Craft Exhibition.
She wants to make creating art as accessible to everyone as possible and will teach two partially funded watercolour workshops.
Jago believes art should be accessible to all which is why these workshops have a ‘‘pay what you can afford’’ ticket price. ‘‘It’s an incredible opportunity for those with limited funds to explore their creative side without breaking the bank,’’ she said. The workshops are funded by Gore District Council’s Creative New Zealand/ Creatives in Communities scheme.
It can be expensive for people to set up a hobby such as this, Jago said.
‘‘Sometimes the people that would benefit the most from something like this are the people who don’t have cash.’’
This is why she adopted the ‘‘pay what you can afford’’ model.
‘‘It’s kind of my way of giving back a little bit.’’ Classes are an introduction to watercolours.
The focus of these workshops is on the beginner, she said.
‘‘But it’s so much more than painting.
‘‘You can expect to leave with a huge grin on your face, having had a fabulous time.’’
The workshops start at a price of $40 for an adult and $20 for a child.
They will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Waikaka Combined Sports Complex.