A Cool but Colorful War at UWS

on the morn­ing of Octo­ber 19, 13 stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Supe­rior gath­ered on the CMO soc­cer field to have a “Paint War,” kick­ing off the Art Club’s first offi­cial event of the school year.

When peo­ple arrived, they were given a ban­danna to pro­tect their hair from the paint and just before the “war” started, Art Club Vice Pres­i­dent Vic­to­ria Van­der­w­erf, quickly explained how the event would take place.

Due to the cold, the excite­ment to get started was appar­ent. All par­tic­i­pants grabbed a bot­tle of paint and split into two oppos­ing groups fac­ing each other from approx­i­mately 15 yards apart. On the count of three the lids were popped as the par­tic­i­pants stormed towards each other, squirt­ing paint on who­ever came near.

The idea for ‘Paint War’ came over the sum­mer, when I tried it with my friends, said Bethany Kepler, Pres­i­dent of the Art Club, “It was super cheap, and I thought it would be fun to do for the Art Club’s first event.”

All mate­ri­als used for the event were financed by the club, accord­ing to Van­der­w­erf. The paint from approx­i­mately 85 bot­tles were spread on par­tic­i­pants as well as on the grass, but it will all van­ish when the rain comes. “The paint used for the pur­pose is synier­gized, and so it won’t dam­age the envi­ron­ment,” Kepler assured. “Receiv­ing per­mis­sion to hold the event was there­fore not a problem.”

After about half an hour of the “Paint War” all par­tic­i­pants were cov­ered with paint in all shades of col­ors. Par­tic­i­pant Megan Schmud­lach, how­ever, didn’t mind. “I wore old clothes, and it was def­i­nitely worth it. No regrets.”

Although only 13 peo­ple showed up, Van­der­w­erf was pleased. “Peo­ple tend to sleep in on Sat­ur­days,” she said, “but it was a suc­cess. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Accord­ing to Kepler, “Paint War” will be arranged again next year, but the club plans to sched­ule the event for ear­lier in the sea­son and later in the day in hopes of more peo­ple show­ing up.

Even though Kepler did not par­tic­i­pate in the action her­self, she said that she enjoyed watch­ing her plan come to life. Kepler took sev­eral pic­tures of the hap­pen­ing, which can be found on the club’s Face­book page.

The Art Club meets in Holden Fine and Applied Arts Cen­ter in room 3128 every Wednes­day at 7 p.m. The club is open for everyone.

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