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March 20, 2014

Paint, drink and be merry

New business brings art to bars

Stacey Kellar has brought a new way to enjoy art to the region.

Kellar’s business, Art: Uncorked, combines art classes with the ability to enjoy wine or beer in either a restaurant or private setting.

The genesis of Art: Uncorked came when Kellar was looking for such an experience for herself, having learned about the existence of so-called paint and sip classes. The nearest such classes, however, were in Philadelphia and Albany. So Kellar, a painter who sold her first painting in high school, decided to start her own.

Kellar began by doing pilot classes last fall.

“I kind of just tried it out with my friends,” said Kellar.

Based off the feedback she received there, Kellar started Art: Uncorked in December, and she said business has been going very well.

Art: Uncorked events, called paint parties, are held at bars and restaurants. Kellar walks participants through recreating a featured painting, and two glasses of beer or wine are included in the ticket price.

“We go through the whole thing step by step,” said Kellar.

Participants paint using acrylic paints, which Kellar said have the advantage of behaving like either oil paints or water colors, depending on how much water is added. She also says that the classes are designed with beginning artists in mind.

“I’m really trying to attract … beginner painters,” said Kellar

Kellar painted the paintings used as models for these classes, and she said that the paint parties generally last about two hours.

The model painting that will be used at each event is announced ahead of time, and Kellar said that she selects paintings that she was able to paint in an hour.

“If it takes me an hour, it’ll take everybody else about two,” she said.

Kellar also said that she doesn’t have any issue with people diverging from her instructions and choosing to paint something different.

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