Brushes, blending colors and Bob Ross will mesh together in one place through the instruction of a local artist.

A themed Paint and Sip class will set up class at DYO Pizza from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 16. The Paint and Sip session will be instructed by local artist Lexi Cvikich, a third generation Kiowa artist from the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma who draws much of her inspiration from her family ties. The cost of the class is $40.

Cvikich brings heritage and art together through her classes. She said her family’s a large part of her life and a huge inspiration for her art.

“My family inspired me to be actively involved in our local arts community as they were active supporters during most of my childhood,” Cvikich said. “I have felt the need to help provide a creative outlet to our local community and decided to start hosting art classes.”

In September, Cvikich hosted a successful homeschool art class for children with a variety of age groups.

“The parents and children were actively engaged and had a wonderful time creating art of different mediums,” Cvikich said. “This class was only a stepping stone into my new venture.”

According to Cvikich, her goal is to bring the community together.

“In a fun and creative way with art classes available for all,” Cvikich said.

From Cvikich’s grandparents to her parents, art has always been apart of Cvikich’s life. Her grandmother, Clarice Campbell, has been a lifelong painter.

According to Cvikich, her family would travel to art exhibits for many years.

“It was a family affair traveling to major art exhibitions and festivals in Washington State where my grandmother, mother, and I entered our works,” Cvikich said.

Aside from influence from her grandmother, Cvikich said her mother, Miridith Campbell, had influence over her work as well.

“(Miridith) is both a painter and a traditional indigenous beadworker,” Cvikich said. “She created two Kiowa cradleboards (indigenous style infant carrier) that were exhibited in the Peabody and Smithsonian Museums.”

Cvikich said while growing up she always enjoyed local events for artists.

“Especially with the flourishing art community of the Pacific Northwest,” Cvikich said. “After placing first in an art exhibit at 11 years old, painting and drawing has continued to be a passion of mine ever since.”

From studying art extensively at South Puget Sound Community College (Washington State) and Penn State University, Cvikich focuses mostly in acrylic and graphite mediums.

Cvikich participated in Stephens County community organizations such as the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s Holiday Art Show and Sale in the past years in Duncan.

For Cvikich’s Paint and Sip class, Bob Ross costumes are optional, but highly encouraged to dress up in for the night. Those attending will have the chance to enjoy the evening painting with a free beer and slice of pizza, and nonalcoholic beverages will be available as well.

DYO Pizza is located at 1206 N Highway 81#19a in Duncan. For more information and for reservations, contact Cvikich at 580-786-6254.

For more information about upcoming classes, visit Cvikich’s Facebook page at Wallis & Thistle Studio. 

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