The Jakarta Post
A paint and sip event, opened for public by Jakarta-based Bartega Studio (JP/File)
Bartega Studio is a Jakarta-based paint and sip company, combining both wine tasting and art jamming into social events that take place around Jakarta.
The event consists of guided acrylic painting sessions in which wine is served as an optional addition to the experience. Attendants are encouraged to be creative and add their own personal touches to their paintings, while interacting with other people and exploring what could potentially be a new hobby.
Benson Putra, cofounder of Bartega Studio, said in a statement that through interactions with the participants, he perceived art, particularly painting, as an activity that allowed people to project their inner thoughts, feelings and personalities.
“At the same time, they are able to feel the benefit of painting as a recreational, meditative, and innovative experience,” said Benson. “Our painting activities actually give them a chance to connect with new friends and disconnect from online world.”
The studio formation began in February 2017, when Benson Putra, Jazz Pratama and Nadia Daniella sat down over dinner and developed the idea of a paint and sip company by combining their interest in wine and art. They wanted to create a unique and impactful activity for the people in Jakarta to enjoy.
Eventually, Bartega Studio was created, where Bartega is a portmanteau of bar and bottega (Italian for artist’s workshop or studio).
The first session was held on April 8 for the founders’ circle of friends at the now-closed Djule Kofi, Melawai. That day’s theme was a painting of two people in a boat against a brilliant sunset. It was quite successful, with good feedback including in social media. Bartega Studio then became confident to open the activity to a wider audience.
There are two ways to indulge in a session with Bartega Studio. First, register for a public event through the studio’s website. Public events are typically held in restaurants, coffee shops, co-working spaces or a private residence depending on the schedule.
The second way is by organizing a private event with the studio, which can be customized according to personal preferences.
Always mobile with experience in providing activities for birthday parties, bridal showers, arisan (rotating savings gathering) and team building, Bartega Studio had also organized events with such companies as Unilever, IKEA, Chopard, and Cle de Peau.
A variety of theme is available for participants at Bartega studio, from pets to Japanese cherry blossoms.
Bartega Studio invited 30 pet owners and conducted a "Paint your pet's portrait', in which the participants had the chance to create artwork dedicated to their furry friends. (JP/File)
“While working with companies, our goal is not only to create fun events, but also to inspire teamwork and collaboration through an engaging and artsy painting activity.” Said Benson Putra in another statement. It is also possible to request for a particular painting.
For example, the studio once conducted an orangutan themed painting together with Center for Orangutan Protection (COP). The proceeds from that event went to help rehabilitation and educational training for orangutans in Kalimantan.
“We try to make sessions as unique and meaningful as possible,” said Benson. “Our purpose is not to only inspire people to explore a fun activity in town, but also to give them a chance to positively contribute for social movements.”
Attendees can also bring the artwork home after the event. (mut/ely)