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Updated: 01/04/2014 10:29:35AM

Splash offers ‘art-rageous’ experience

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Marki Raposa of North Port, left, leads a recent Splash event where participants gather for drinks and complete a painting in a single evening.

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Some participants start out painting as a lark and have since embraced it more seriously, Raposa says.

By STEVEN J. SMITH

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NORTH PORT — If you’ve ever yearned to paint like an artist but felt a little intimidated at the prospect of mastering acrylics, canvas, brushes and easel, Marquelyn Raposa has the perfect answer — Splash.

Raposa, 67, has lived in North Port for 10 years. She prefers to be called Marki and is a graphic designer and art instructor with a master’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She also owned an art gallery and has received myriad awards and grants for her fine art paintings and designs. Her Splash concept: throw a party (usually in the banquet room of a local restaurant or activity center) where people have a few drinks in a relaxed atmosphere and complete, in one evening, a painting — all supplies included.

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