Sometimes it's hard to get in touch with your artistic side, but in Stephenville all it takes is giving the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council (CTFAC) a ring and reserving your spot for the popular Paint the Town program.

Paint the Town was started last May and is a program that allows individuals to bring their favorite bottle of wine or beverage and paint along with an artist to create their own work of art to take home.

"When we started it we thought it was a really cool thing," said Executive Director Julie Crouch. "With every new project you never know if people will embrace the idea or if it will work and we're really glad it's been a success."

Such a success that grabbing a spot is becoming harder to do.

"The success has been overwhelming. We have a full list of people every month and then a waiting list," Crouch said.

The class is taught by Gilbert Intermediate's art teacher Liz Meiron, who Crouch calls, "the perfect instructor."

"We're very fortunate we have an instructor who is encouraging and as charismatic as Liz," Crouch said. "She really manages the learning curve well with those who come."

Classes are held once a month, on Thursdays, and each class features a different project.

The projects usually pertain to the current season, like flowers in May or sunsets in summertime and hayfields in October.

At next week's class the project is a brightly-colored peacock.

In addition CTFAC also offers a Paint the Town for kids that takes place on Sundays and is led by Laura Ann Priddy, art instructor at Chamberlin Elementary.

"This is a time where people can let their hair down and get in touch with their artistic side," she said. "Everyone is welcome whether you come with someone or alone. It's a lively couple of hours and of course you get to leave with a new great piece of art."

To reserve your place in a Paint the Town class, RSVP at 965-6190.