At the start of the season, I was invited to a blogger event at Painting With A Twist Brooklyn—both the moniker for the Cobble Hill location AND a “paint-and-sip” evening where one can enjoy creating a painting while enjoying a drink (or two!).
I got to chat with founders Cathy Deano and Reneé Maloney, who were in town visiting from their home-base of Louisiana. The two entrepreneurs came up what was then “Corks-n-Canvas,” a concept that paired “instructional art with friends, wine, and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.” Think, bridal showers, catch-up sessions with girlfriends, et. al. It was the duo’s initiative to help rebuild their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2007.
Fast-forward to 2015, there are now 251 franchise locations of Painting With A Twist throughout the US. Its Brooklyn branch is helmed by Felicia Riley, whom I also met at the event. My hat’s off to anybody who is brave enough to put up a business in New York, where rent is steep and competition is stiff. AMAZE!
What I loved about this event and the idea is that whether you’re a seasoned artist or an ingenue when it comes to paint brushes, you’re in for a great time either way. If you’re a pro, it’s a nice way to chill out and have fun with your craft; or, if you’ve never painted a day in your life, a lively teacher walking you through the steps makes the whole thing accessible and digestible. If you’re Type A, the wine’s there to help loosen things up.
Here’s how my painting progressed—I’m quite delighted, given I’ve never really taken art classes prior :)— plus photos from the event.
Painting With A Twist Brooklyn is located at 228 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Phone 347-227-2136. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes start at $45 per person for a 2-hour class and $55 per person for a 3-hour class. Family Day and Senior’s Day are $35 per person for a 2-hour class. Check out their FAQ here.