The Art Table Studio and FoHi Wellness collaborated on a pop-up adult-only event, "Paint. Sip. Eat. Night," to bring out the inner artists in residents around the area.
Tiffany Pierce, founder and executive director of The Art Table Studio, is a Forest Hills parent who wanted to find a way to provide new entertainment in the neighborhood.
Attendees were women ranging from ages 20 to 65. They each painted their own interpretation while interacting with one another over the canvases.
The event consisted of 15 residents creating a mosaic elephant while eating food and mocktails provided by the event’s host site, and new business, Cipollina Gourmet Italian Market.
“You don’t have to be a professional, with simple techniques and imagination they come away being very successful at art making,” Pierce said. “I’m really excited that I’m here and that there are three Forest Hills businesses, all owned by women, working together. It’s so beautiful and awesome.”
Fadia Mohama and Maggie Rodriguez of FoHi Wellness specialize in creating community events around Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park. After meeting Pierce at the local Red Pipe Cafe, the three women worked on bringing the art class to the community, especially considering the success of Paint Nite classes around the city.
“Small businesses are part of who we are and who we represent,” Mohama said.
With businesses like Barnes and Nobles closed down and community centers being threatened in favor of new housing developments, the women are looking for a way to keep the close-knit community atmosphere alive. Art classes are also a way to combat a loss of the neighborhood's character.
“Art is such a great vehicle for mental, spiritual and emotional being,” Rodriguez said, adding that participating in art also helps a person's coordination and memory.
The trio will coordinate another event this Friday at Cipollina. Instead of painting, guests will be creating a vision board to reflect their future goals and wishes.
According to Mohama and Rodriguez, the event is meant to empower women by proving to them that they do not have to classify themselves as only one type of person.
During the event, FoHi Wellness and The Art Table Studio want women to work on four objectives: see the potential they have as leaders; reach out for the opportunities they have to make a difference; find resources to make the positive difference; and realize the impact they have on their family and community.
“It’s very hard to find that balance of being a mom, being a friend, being a daughter, being a wife,” Mohama said. “Whether you own your own business or you work for a company or you’re at home, we wanted to get women together and empower them.”
The vision board party also serves as a way to learn how important visualization and creativity are for keeping goals. While basic supplies will be provided, guests are encouraged to bring their own magazines and materials that inspire them.
“It’s about taking care of yourself and realizing that you could have it all,” Mohama added.