A popular trend that has been sweeping the nation takes art and gives it a little twist. It’s fun to do on a night out with the girls, and even though you think you might not be good at it, in the end you’ll be surprised at how talented you really are. No, I’m not talking about twerking. I’m talking about paint and wine parties.
Because sometimes mommy needs some time to do something fun for herself. This is also a fun and unique birthday present idea for a friend or co-worker. Just round up a small group, pick up some adult beverages and snacks on the way, and have a great night out, painting fun and unique artwork while hanging out with friends. And let me tell you, there are plenty of places in the St. Louis area to choose from.
The Paint and Wine Studio: This Maplewood studio opened September 2014. The first studio opened in Houston, TX in 2010 and just expanded into St. Louis in July 2014. You pick the painting and the music. They offer a large variety of paintings to choose from or you can request a special design for your event (free of charge). As usual, it’s BYOB and BYOS (s=snacks). They are open 7 days a week so there are plenty of times to choose from.
Painting With A Twist: A franchise that actually started with it’s first location in 2007 in Mandeville, LA, a New Orleans suburb, as a way to give back to the community after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Now there are over 67 locations, including Creve Coeur, Ballwin, Brentwood, St. Peters, O’Fallon, and even Shiloh, IL. In 2011, two native St. Louisan sisters opened Painting With A Twist in Creve Coeur as an alternative to sitting in a bar on a night out with friends. Each class offers a different theme with a related piece of artwork to paint. Here’s the schedule. The cost is $35 per person for a 2 hour session or $45 for 3 hours. It’s a BYOB and BYOS event.
Art on the Vines: Located in Kirkwood, this studio offers a ton of different paintings to choose from. You can join an open party, or create a private party. It appears they have a lot of Bachelorette parties there. Minus the wine, it’s a great place to host a kids party as well. If you want your painting to represent St. Louis, this is the place to go. They have a variety of St. Louis based paintings to choose from, including: a Cardinal, Fleur de Lis, and the St. Louis skyline. If there’s something you want that they don’t already offer, you can call them and have them draw it. They offer weeknight classes and weekend. Most parties cost $35 and are 2 hours.
Pinot’s Palette: Also a franchise, Pinot’s Palette began in 2009 as Houston’s first BYOB sip and paint studio. As the industry developed and expanded, so did Pinot’s Palette. It wasn’t until June of 2013 that Pinot’s finally arrived in St. Louis. The difference with Pinot’s in Chesterfield versus other Sip & Paint locations is that they offer a bar that serves beer, wine and soft drinks so you don’t have to BYOB. However, you can still BYOS to enjoy while painting. The cost for weeknight classes is $35 per person (2 hour session) and $45 for Friday & Saturday classes (3 hours). There is also a location in Webster Groves. Here’s the schedule.
Chianti and Canvas: Studio Gallo Blue is a one-of-a-kind art gallery in St. Charles. It doubles as a gallery and a cafe. The cafe offers gelato from the Hill, Italian ice cream and a variety of coffee and tea options. The gallery consists of artwork from local artists and is free to browse. In addition, they also offer art, graphic design, and photography classes. And finally there’s Chianti and Canvas, a fun class you can take with friends. They offer it on Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 6:30-8:30pm or 6:30-9:30pm. The 2-hour session is $35, 3-hour is $45. Again, BYOB and Kate, your resident artist will provide the painting gear and wine glasses. They also offer Fashion in Firenze, a fashion design themed party for the kids, Tea in Tuscany, a doll and tea party for young girls, and the Tuscan Treat, an art party for kids. All include the art accessories, plus gelato and a beverage. What a great birthday idea for the kids!
Pick, Paint, and Fire: A paint your own pottery studio in Ellisville, MO. If you’ve already done the wall art painting or would prefer to have a new plate, bowl, mug, picture frame, etc designed by you, then this is the event for you. They’ll bring the pottery, you bring the wine and your painting skills. They actually donate a portion of their proceeds to Boy Scouts of America Crew 782.
Vino Van Gogh: This unique style of sip and paint began in May 2011. St. Louis was quick to join in this mobile paint and sip community, where bars and restaurants such as Francesca’s and Alley 64 in St. Charles began hosting Van Gogh parties. The unique idea behind Vino Van Gogh is that it’s mobile. They host their events at local community establishments, rather than having their own studio. As they say on their site: “It brings business to local restaurants, keeping revenue within the communities where you live. It also helps lower the carbon footprint by having just a few of us travel to you, rather than all of you travel to us.” The RFT covers each of the STL events, posting photos on Instagram and Twitter. Almost every day of the week, you’ll find an event at a different location throughout STL: Molly’s, Llewellyn’s, Bar Italia, Padavan’s, Ferguson Brewing, The Melting Pot, 3500 Winehaus…they host events pretty much everywhere. And it’s great because you don’t have to BYOB or BYOS, since the establishments already offer both. Check the Vino Van Gogh Facebook page for specials.
Wine & Design: This studio is located in Sunset Hills. They are a BYOB studio and also offer mobile parties if you’d prefer to have it at your home, clubhouse, at a bridal shower event, or wherever you are hosting an event. They seem to have a lot of animal paintings, which are my favorite, so if you’re having an animal-themed party or just love animals, this might be the party for you.
Sips and Splatters: If you’re on the Illinois side of the river, this might be the place for you. They offer locations in Belleville and Maryville. From the paintings I’ve seen on the websites, their portfolio seems to be the most modern. Besides the normal glass of wine, vase, and flowers, they have a funky horse, guitar, Mardi Gras themes, Halloween themes, abstract art, pet lovers art, and more. And everything gets splattered, which gives it a little something extra. If I were choosing the place based on art that I would actually showcase in my house and think, man that’s cool, this would be my go-to. Registration is $40, and it’s BYOB and BYOS. Here’s a review from one of our own bloggers who attended an event at Sips and Splatters.
Wine and Watercolor: Located in Edwardsville, Wine and Watercolor does it a little bit differently. Marty Spears, the owner, began painting in watercolors in the early 198o’s. As a watercolor artist, when she opened her art and wine studio, she chose to offer watercolor paintings, rather than the 16 x 20 acrylic canvas painting. The paintings are a bit smaller, but you can have them matted and then have it framed. The classes are $35. If you would like to have your art matted, it’s $40. They offer glasses for beverages and light snacks, so you only have to BYOB. They also offer door prizes.
As you can see, the trend has spread. There are tons of locations to choose from in the St. Louis area, and each brings something a little different to the table. Grab some friends, pick your favorite painting from the portfolios, and enjoy a fun evening sipping wine and splattering paint. I would also recommend checking Living Social and Groupon for deals.
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