WHITE POINT, N.S. -- Pairing wine with food is challenging enough.
But artists offering painting classes for beginners at White Point Beach Resort on Nova Scotia's South Shore have been asked to choose a wine, beer, spirit or juice that best pairs with their artwork.
Participants will be "sipping and savouring" the artists' selections for inspiration during the two-hour sessions, said Donna Hatt, the resort's marketing manager.
All of the refreshments come from companies on the province's Good Cheer Trail, launched in 2015 by Taste of Nova Scotia.
"I figured libations would enhance our creative abilities, and if we were going to have libations they should be Nova Scotian libations so we could introduce people to the variety that we have here in the province," Hatt said, explaining how she came up with the idea.
The "Brush With Good Cheer" classes kick off Jan. 30 with watercolour artist Roger Savage of nearby Liverpool, who chose Garrison Brewing's Hopyard pale ale. It "always rewards my palette," Savage says on the resort's website.
His works are in the collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and have long adorned walls at the resort.
The other sessions, which run from February to May, will feature Tidal Bay white wine from Planters Ridge (chosen by Marshall Burgess); Steinhart Distillery vodka (Peter Gough); Ironworks Distillery cranberry liqueur (Marg Millard); and Van Dyk's blueberry juice (for a family-friendly session with Marilyn Kellough).
In addition to the drinks, the $49 class fee includes hors d'oeuvres as well as art supplies.