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Artist Cole Wilson, right, sketches model Dakota Parkinson on Wednesday at Café Berlin in Colombia. Wilson is a former art student and enjoys drawing figures, people and portraits.



Local artists gathered to paint and hang out together at Cafe Berlin on Wednesday night at Columbia. Artists created live art, painted and drew a model on a stage while people surrounding the café listened to live cello music.

The byobrush event aims to create a space for local artists to get to know each other, build community and have a good time together, said Mikel Fields, one of the organizers.

“These events are really for artists to get in and out of the studio and have fun,” Fields said. “And also for a local business, to get local commercial publicity, and then for the community, our art lovers, to see local art.”

It was the first such event this year. The event is scheduled to take place every last Wednesday of the month at a different venue.







A paint palette and brushes lie on the table

A paint palette and brushes lie on a table Wednesday at Café Berlin in Columbia. Local artists gathered to paint and spend time together. “Having a scheduled time to make art is always good,” said Matt Bear, one of the artists. “Because otherwise life is super busy and you don’t have time to do it.”









Dakota Parkinson Models for Artists

Dakota Parkinson models for Artists Wednesday at Cafe Berlin at Columbia. “I like to be seen, I like to be drawn,” Parkinson said. “I find being naked and almost naked in a non-sexual context to be a lovely and liberating thing.”









Artist Martha Daniels paints the scene

Artist Martha Daniels paints the scene Wednesday at Cafe Berlin at Columbia. Daniels is retired and spends most of his free time creating art. “I love coming to these events,” Daniels said. “It’s just a chance to get to know the community and other artists and appreciate Columbia.”









Claire Johnson, front, and Adrienne Luther talk about a drawing

Claire Johnson, front, and Adrienne Luther discuss a drawing Wednesday at Café Berlin at Columbia. “Usually art is this private thing that you do alone inside your home,” Johnson said. “It’s so nice to have people around, it’s definitely my kind of social event.”









Matt Bear draws an environment

Matt Bear draws Café Berlin on Wednesday at Columbia. Bear grew up creating art and it remains his hobby today. “I like to enjoy life and in enjoying life I like to capture what I see,” Bear said. “I love the environment and documenting the time of life a bit.”









Martha Daniels dips her brush in paint

Martha Daniels dips her brush in paint Wednesday at Café Berlin in Colombia. The byobrush event plans to take place once a month on Wednesdays.



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