WRITTEN BY AUTUMN CLOUDEN

St. Francis College held its first ever Alumni Paint Night Friday.

Hosted by the Offices of Development and Alumni Affairs, nearly 37 alumni gathered in the Genovesi Center from 6 to 9 pm and each painted their own creation of the Brooklyn sunset.

“We are very happy with the turnout. Paint Night is something we have never done before. We are always looking to have new events for people to enjoy,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Vanessa De Almeida.

Each alumni sat at a table equip with with tool brushes, paint, aprons and a canvas. Though no experience was necessary to attend the event, art instructor Bernard Garcia guided the former students with a step-by-step walkthrough.

“I’ve been teaching for four years. There is no right or wrong way to paint. Some paintings are hard while others can be easy. The important thing is to have fun a good time,” said Garcia.

Garcia earned a Master degree of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor’s of Science from California Polytechnic State University in 1996. A number of landscapes and work were exhibited at the Flower Gallery in Chelsea and Inside Angles Gallery in Ohio. He currently has a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

In a night filled with food and laughter, alumni shared memories about their time at the college and how much they appreciated coming back.

“I worked at the academic enhancement center as an undergrad. The college helped me prepare for the future. I enjoyed my time here. I enjoy coming to paint night because I get to see familiar faces,” said Tatum M. ’12.

“My sister is the head coach of the tennis team. Coming back gives me the full family experience,” Jamie Browne ’05 added.

All participating alumni received a St. Francis smock and one hundred chips for the upcoming casino night.

Upcoming alumni events include Terrier Alumni Night, Polka and Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. The college also plans to host another Paint Night in the spring.

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