Paint, pour, create, repeat at Picasso de Vino events in Cape Coral

At one location, participants are surrounded by nature and wildlife. A thriving botanical garden overlooking a canal with the tranquil waters of Matlacha Pass marks the stimulating atmosphere of another place.

The inspiring sets will host Vino’s Picasso’s always popular and fun paint, pour and play events in Cape Coral and Matlacha. Upcoming sessions will be at the Rotary Park Environmental Center at 2 p.m. on April 16 and at the Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens most Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until April 30.

Samples of paintings are on display at Vino's Picasso.

All art supplies and materials are provided at all BYOB sessions and no art training is necessary. Stencils of select objects are provided to help save time as participants create a finished artwork in two hours.

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Katryna Sysoyeva, in her fifth year as owner of Vino’s Picasso, launched in 2011, studied art in Spain, Latvia, Mexico, the former Soviet Union and her native Ukraine.

“We provide step-by-step assistance for people to make their own version,” she said. “An example of a work of art serves as a guide. They customize it, can use their own colors, object sizes, etc.

During the February 19 session at Rotary Park, participants painted a mermaid in a beach setting.

“We use acrylic,” Sysoyeva said, addressing the lively group as pallets of paper plates with five distinct colors were handed out. “It dries quickly, is non-toxic and paintable, so it’s really conducive for that.”

Participants work on mermaids during a recent Vino's Picasso session at the Rotary Park Environmental Center.

She taught the class how to mix colors and use various brushing techniques, including fingers, to bring rich texture to sand, ocean, surf, palm trees, night sky, moon and stars. whimsical creatures.

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“It’s amazing to start with a blank canvas and end with this,” said Kelly Junkins of Cape Coral, pointing to the copied piece. “It’s a total stress reliever!”

Katryna Sysoyeva teaches participants how to mix colors and use various brushing techniques, including fingers, to bring rich texture to their works.

Sysoyeva donates a portion of the proceeds from its Rotary Park sessions to the Cape Coral Parks department.

In the garden of Matlacha’s iconic installation, budding artists are not expected to attempt to replicate Lovegrove’s iconic, intricate, expressive and impressionistic artistic style, depicted in galleries around the world.

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“Leoma’s works are too complicated for the beginner. We provide a sample (a colorful fauna or a natural paint in most cases) made by me or other members of our staff that she approves,” Sysoyeva said.

Katryna Sysoyeva holds a portrait of her close childhood friend titled "Larisa."

Vino’s Picasso main studio in Fort Myers holds regular classes and open painting sessions. For special events, people can book the studio or hire their staff to bring the concept to other locations.

Sysoyeva speaks five languages, but sees art as universal self-expression.

“There is no right or wrong,” she said. “You paint the world as you see it and like it, your own interpretation.”

Katryna Sysoyeva has been bringing out inner artists for five years as the owner of Vino's Picasso.

If you are going to

Register: For ages 21 and over

For Rotary Park events: Cost $35. Refer to activity number 245137 on or email [email protected] The park is located at 5505 Rose Garden Road, 239-549-4606.

For Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens events: It is located at 4637 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. Call 239-938-5655 or visit

Sample of a book collaboration with Katryna Sysoyeva and the Naples Community School.

Main location: Vino’s Picasso, 15250 South Tamiami Trail, Unit 109, Fort Myers, 239-288-6953, ($55 registration for Matlacha sessions).

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