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Unleash your inner artist with Olive Tree at The Monarch

By Chelsi Lasater - | Sep 9, 2021
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Local artist Olive Tree paints an arch mural that was donated to a rural village campus in Thailand in December 2019.
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People participate in a Paint Night with Olive Tree at The Monarch on Aug. 20, 2021. There will be more of the adults-only, BYOB Paint Night events in September and October.
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Olive Tree teaches during Paint Night at The Monarch on Aug. 20, 2021.
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Olive Tree is a multi-disciplinary artist of music, painting, poetry and more.
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People participate in a Paint Night with Olive Tree at The Monarch on Aug. 20, 2021. There will be more of the adults-only, BYOB Paint Night events in September and October.
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Olive Tree teaches during Paint Night at The Monarch on Aug. 20, 2021.

As the fall season looms, workshops and classes are popping up all over The Monarch community. We’re utilizing our workshop spaces for one of those: Paint Night with Olive Tree!

An artist in many mediums, Olive Tree — a.k.a. Olivia Hart — offers acrylic paint classes for those ages 21 and over. These BYOB classes are for the beginner to the avid. The two-hour classes (with a break in between) are $35 and include all supplies. Just bring your own drink of choice! For each class, the first 10 tickets receive 10% off with promo code OTREE10.

Olive Tree’s next three Paint Night events at The Monarch are scheduled for Sept. 24, Oct. 15, and Oct. 28.

Tree strives to provide a relaxing and social environment to explore the wonderful world of acrylic painting by guiding students through the same painting, step-by-step, “while providing support in branching off wherever their work of art may take them.”

Tree explains further, “My goal is to inspire others and provide them with an opportunity to experiment with art without any added pressure. My class is open to those who have never picked up a paintbrush, avid painters, or anyone who is just dabbling. I may tend to slide a few really awful jokes in, so if your mind isn’t as dirty as your paint water, this might not be the class for you, but my class is all inclusive with absolutely zero tolerance for judgement of any kind, so all are welcome.”

Tree is a former Paint Nite artist of four years and she absolutely loves what she does. She attributes these paint nights to not only giving her a start professionally, but also to contributing to her mental health today, by providing her a positive coping mechanism.

“I was offered a job working with Paint Nite and that gave me the confidence I needed to embrace taking myself seriously as an artist. I was able to hone in on the fundamentals of painting and carry that over into my work. This moved me into sharing my love for painting outside of the company and into at-risk youth centers as well as rehabilitation facilities. Aside from emotion, one of the biggest driving forces behind doing what I do is the ability to share it with others. Seeing someone work through a painting and experience that moment in which they become confident and feel capable in their art makes me feel like I’ve opened up a door for them — a door that has helped me tremendously in so many ways. Painting has been a continuous means of coping and has shaped the positive mental health I have today,” she said.

Tree has been a maker as long as she can remember. And one in many different forms. On her website, olivetreee.com (yes, with three e’s), you can view (and shop) her music, painting and poetry.

“I enjoy so many different forms of art. After spending so much time teaching with acrylic, I’ve found myself using it the most. I bounce around quite a bit between visual art, music, spoken word and really anything that contributes to my sense of creativity. I like to leave plenty of room for exploring and expressing different aspects of my creative process,” she says.

“As an artist, I’m quite literally drawing inspiration from everything around me on a constant basis. The world is art,” muses Tree.

During 2020, Tree co-founded the Wasatch Art Collective. “I was able to take an idea and develop it into this really awesome, inclusive, passion project. The inspiration and synergy within this group has been monumental. I’m really grateful to work with so many Ogden locals and develop this from the ground up. I look forward to watching it grow.”

Visit her website for more information on collaboration. Tree also does promotional giveaways around holidays on her social media and website.

Keep up with Olive Tree on Instagram @olive_treee and @wasatch.art.collective or on Facebook @artoftheolive.

Sign up for classes at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/olive-tree-17258885391.

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