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Vino and Van Gogh events held at Spruzzo on Thursdays in July

Vino and Van Gogh instructor and artist Alice M. Howe (right) demonstrates technique to participant Nate Dowler. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Lonnie Galate, of Malibu Fitness, works on her painting during a June 29 session of Vino and Van Gogh at Malibu’s Spruzzo Restaurant.
Vino and Van Gogh participants Amanda Papageorge (left) and Laureen Sills take a break from painting to pose for the camera.
Painters work on a variety of modern art pieces inspired by famed artists during a recent session of Vino and Van Gogh in Malibu.
Suzy Demeter, Freelance Reporter
8:47 am PDT July 11, 2017

On Thursdays this July, artistic talents are being refined and unleashed at Malibu’s Spruzzo Restaurant through Vino and Van Gogh classes run by artist Alice M. Howe.

The comfortable outdoor patio setting of Spruzzo Restaurant presents an opportunity to order food and wine while painting.

The theme for a June 29 Vino and Van Gogh session was a “celebration of modern art,” Howe described. Howe helped participants with basic techniques as they mimicked paintings from a variety of famous artists, from David Hockney to Pablo Picasso. 

Vino and Van Gogh allows creative freedom for the participants.

“Some artists [who instruct] are strict to one painting,” Howe said. “Here, we have a variety of paintings. If [the participants] want to explore, I want to give them the creativity and happiness to succeed.” 

Approximately 15 participants sat at a long table, creating colorful backgrounds and subjects, sipping wine and other beverages, and enjoying a variety of items from the Spruzzo menu.

Arielle Verinis was enjoying her second paint series. Up until her previous class, she had not painted since elementary school. 

“It’s a really fun way to spend a few hours on a Thursday night,” Verinis said. “It’s a relaxing way to unwind a day.”  

Vino and Van Gogh is currently offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday in July at Spruzzo Restaurant, 29575 Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu. The series may run into August. 

The class fee is $45, and Spruzzo requires a minimum food and wine charge of $25.

Those who are interested in participating are asked to RSVP to Howe at