I was invited to attend a blogger event to check out the new Painting with A Twist in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. It was about the most fun I’ve had in a long time! I have been seeing these painting with wine businesses pop up in all of the suburbs, so I was super excited to find out one was opening in my neighborhood!
You are given a blank canvas, paints, and brushes. The class is led by an instructor-our class was led by the hilarious and wickedly talented Jess-that somehow turns you into an artist. I can barely draw a stick figure. The variety of classes is incredible. You can check the online calendar to see what paintings are being taught in each class. And adult beverages with your painting? Yes, Please! Guests are encouraged to BYOB, but wine is also available to purchase at the studio. At the end of the class, you get to take your masterpiece home.
But, it’s not just an adult venue. They also do weekly kids’ classes, family days, couples painting, private events and kids’ birthday parties! I definitely see a birthday party for Isabella there in our future. And I it would be an awesome venue for a team building event!
What I love most about Painting with a Twist is their story and the heart of it all. Founders Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney started the concept as a way to raise money to rebuild their community after Hurricane Katrina. Renee told me a story of how one night they were hosting a fundraiser and they had no power. She was going to cancel the class, when members of her community said absolutely not and pulled all their cars up and put their lights on. They painted by the lights of the cars. I love that story and how this idea that they had brought people together for a bigger cause. The concept became more popular, they expanded, franchised and now have 247 locations.
I am so passionate about supporting local businesses and supporting other women in business. These women are inspirational. Each franchise location also gives back to their community through their Painting with a Purpose program. Amazing! I also got the opportunity to meet and chat with studio owner Felicia Riley, born and raised in Brooklyn. Felicia is passionate about contributing to the community and you can’t help but want to support this business.
Painting with a Twist is located at 228 Smith Street. Go take a class-you won’t regret it! Would love to see what you paint! Here’s my finished product:
Not bad for someone who can’t even draw a stick figure