GWII members channel their inner Picassos

Art’s a big thing at Fulcrum – so it was appropriate that the final Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII) pop-up event for the year, which we sponsored, channelled members’ inner artists.

Fulcrum's Magesh Naidoo is the picture (ahem) of concentration.
(Photo by Fulcrum)
Fulcrum's Magesh Naidoo is the picture (ahem) of concentration.

The Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, Fulcrum’s recent curatorial programme in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists StudiosBusiness and Arts South Africa and the Kalashnikovv Gallery, art appreciation and the conversations art brings about were top of mind, and Fulcrum was happy to sponsor Paint Nite.

The fun-and-networking evening was held on 12 October at Higher Ground restaurant, where the panoramic views of Johannesburg (and city lights after sunset) complemented the chosen theme: “We heart our cityscapes.”

Fulcrum GWII committee member Michelle-Dee Coetzee hosted the evening, and she thanked both the GWII and Fulcrum for facilitating the event. 

The evening started with welcome drinks, a catch-up with friends in the industry and, of course, selfies. The ladies then settled in their seats, where they were each presented with a canvas, an easel, paints and brushes.

Leading the fun-filled colour-fest were Paint Nite’s art teachers, Sarah Snyman and Jessica Mckenzie. The duo got the ladies’ creative juices flowing with an art class experience – and unlike other experiences, after this one everyone had something to show for it: their own piece of art to take home.

No previous skills or knowledge were needed, and the rules were simple. The ladies were to have fun – they were not to think about what the painting was going to look like, nor doubt their own ability to get creative; all that was needed was a desire to let it all go! Each was required to make a “binding” Paint Nite oath: “I promise to relax and have fun. Never to moan and use the words: ‘Ah, my painting sucks’ or ‘I messed it up.’ I CAN paint. I AM an artist.”

Fulcrum ladies at the Paint Nite event.
(Photo by Fulcrum)
Fulcrum ladies at the Paint Nite event.

They then traced the outline of the Joburg skyline on their canvases, after which there were no limits or expectations. Armed with tips from Sarah on how to mix different colours and which paint brushes to use, the ladies unleashed their creative spirit.

“I’ve always wanted to participate in a Paint Nite, and I had a great time. Being able to paint the Jozi skyline, while I could actually see it, was amazing,” says Fulcrum’s Liebie du Plessis.

“This was so much fun! I would really like to do this again,” says Magesh Naidoo, also of Fulcrum.