Pop artist

Sonya Paz in her gallery in California. The artist is offering lessons on the West Side, with a percentage of proceeds going to Patterson's volunteer firefighters.

Patterson resident Sonya Paz enjoys giving painting lessons while pairing art, food and wine together through her company VinoPaint.

Budding artists can learn from Paz and at the same time contribute to a good cause, as she often gives a percentage of the money raised through her classes to local charities.

“Many groups are doing this now,” Paz said. “Since being a gallery owner, professional artist and small business marketer, I am familiar on how to engage a crowd and make everyone feel at ease, while combining an art instruction along with hosting an energetic social event.”

“I really love this community and look forward to connecting again through art, social activities and wine,” she added.

Two upcoming art evenings are scheduled locally—one at the Diablo Grande clubhouse and the other at Pizza Factory.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Patterson’s volunteer firefighters.

During the classes each attendee receives a blank canvas on which to create their own masterpiece, returning home with an original painting.

Dennis Cole, owner of Pizza Factory, is excited about having VinoPaint at his restaurant on Feb. 16.

“Pizza Factory and VinoPaint.com are a match made in heaven with local artist Sonya Paz,” Cole said. “It’s a perfect way to relax with friends, be artistic and enjoy food and beverages. The fundraising is something we support and are pleased that Sonya has arranged this and look forward to giving back to the community.”

Paz, a professional artist who previously lived in Campbell, hopes to give the art classes monthly.

Her artwork can be seen gracing downtown Campbell’s light posts on East Campbell Avenue and the walls of various campus buildings in the the city’s school district.

Although Paz has closed down her gallery in Campbell, she still maintains one in San Jose.

Paz has a passion for modern art, pop art, cubism and surrealism, and these influences can be seen in her work.

She has exhibited in many venues, been represented by galleries throughout the U.S. and has even created a few wine labels.

Local businesses who are new to town or have news to share may call Maddy Houk at 892-6187.

PI community reporter

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