From Monet and Matisse, to Rothko and Renoir, young professionals will have a chance to copy the classics or create an original work all their own when Access and YPs at the JCC present Painting and Pinot, a free state-of-the-art party featuring a sit down dinner in the J’s outdoor courtyard with live music, a variety of wines and other beverages and more for a night of creative expression and fun on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC.
“Whether you’ve been compared to Kandinsky, or can’t draw a stick figure to save your life, everyone will walk away with a unique piece of art they can be proud of,” says Rachel Plowden, Access event coordinator. First, guests will have the chance to view famous paintings by the art world’s most celebrated masters. Then, they will be given a blank canvas and all the art supplies needed to emulate one of those styles, or create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. A professional artist will be on hand to give pointers and help participants perfect their technique. The evening also includes a gourmet pasta bar, a three-piece jazz band and a chance to mix and mingle with others from the 20 -and 30-something set!
“The Painting and Pinot event offers the perfect way to wind down your work week with other young professionals who are looking to kick back and do something casual with a creative twist,” says Josh Rothstein, Jewish Outreach and Engagement coordinator. “While the J is known for its state of the art fitness facility and cutting edge group exercise classes, this event is a great example of how it’s also becoming the headquarters for other out of the box activities for YPs!”
Every day more and more young professionals are joining the JCC making it more than just a place to work out—it has become a place to connect to other young professionals who are looking for a fun and cost effective way to exercise and socialize with others just like themselves—making the YPs at the JCC program, which is geared for young professionals, 21-35 years old, a success.
“In less than 48 hours from the time I learned I would be transferred to Cincinnati, I got a message from Josh Rothstein inviting me to meet up with him at the JCC when I got to town,” says Max Nausbaum, a recent transplant from Chicago. “One of my mom’s friends had a friend who knew all about the thriving Jewish YP community here and gave Josh my contact information. That’s pretty impressive and says a lot about the emphasis that’s put on making this town a great place for Jewish people my age to live,” he adds. “I probably wouldn’t have thought to join the JCC but thanks to an amazing network that seems to extend across the country, I was made aware of all the great amenities and activities it has to offer even before I actually moved in. Needless to say I joined my first day there and have already met a ton of people! The JCC has helped make my transition to Cincinnati a really positive one!”
YPs at the JCC offers a wide variety of special activities for YPs throughout the year such as Modern Dance, Ab Blaster, Aqua Bootcamp, Krav Maga, Knockout, SMACK, J-Soul Spinning, Couples’ Boxing and others, which are typically followed by some type of social event. For example, last summer, after a Super-Sized high impact yoga class, YPs were treated to free Yagoot Yogurt and a lululemon trunk show. In a similar fashion, a full Israeli lunch was served after a Krav Maga class, and an afterhours pool party was planned on the heels of a Pilates class, just to name a few. YPs at the JCC also offers healthy cooking demos and tastings, featuring licensed nutritionist, Peachy Siden.
The Painting and Pinot event is free with advanced reservations and open to members and non-members of the JCC. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. However, attendees are welcome to exercise or enjoy any of the JCC’s many amenities before the event. Free day passes are available by contacting Rothstein. Please see the Community Directory listing in this issue for information to RSVP to Josh Rothstein at the JCC or Rachel Plowden at Access.