Cupcakes and Canvases create sweet experiences


New exhibits are regularly brought in to the Brazoria County Historical Museum, which often incorporates them into programs to share with area residents. It’s only fitting that the Homegrown Art Exhibit appeals directly to the community, teaching local kids the basics of painting.

A class gathered Thursday inside the museum to learn about water coloring from Peihong Endris, one of the exhibit’s featured artists who also has collections displayed in China and France. Her step-by-step instructions in the museum’s Cupcakes and Canvases class helped the kids follow along while creating their own masterpieces.

The only person more excited than Amy Winegeart was her daughter, Olivia. The Winegeart girls are both fans of art and were able to register at the last minute.

Though the event mostly was a chance for families to spend an hour painting together, Olivia hung on to every word and tried to pick up on every lesson Endris taught.

“Art is cool,” Olivia said. “I like the colors and seeing how they blend when they mix.”

Reactions like this are par for the course for Jennifer Caulkins, programs manager at the museum. Caulkins planned the sold out Cupcakes and Canvases program, even including painting themed cupcakes to keep the youngest kids engaged.

“It’s an art exhibit, so in conjunction with that, we thought it’d be fun to host an art class, teaching people how to do this kind of art that’s on display,” she said.

It’s more than just painting, Caulkins said. Each piece shows an accumulation of skills, mastered by Endris and other artists, who have dedicated years or decades to getting their work recognized.

“It’s an appreciation for art, what our local artists do, and what this kind of art entails,” she said.

Caulkins was able to get in touch with Endris though the Pearland Art League. The artist agreed to come down and use her 20 years of teaching experience to help lead the program.

The class learned how to paint two scenic pictures of islands at sunset. Endris walked the eager class through each layer and color, explaining how they work and what to do. At the end, she was pleased with everyone’s work.

“They were very attentive. I’m proud of all the paintings,” Endris said. “This was a good group and I hope everyone got to take something out of it.”

Although the program is over, the museum is hosting events throughout the year so there are plenty of other chances to come out. Like the museum, many of these events are free and open to anyone who wants to participate.