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March 20, 2014

Paint, drink and be merry

New business brings art to bars

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“I think it’s great,” said Kellar. “I always tell people this is your painting. You get to do with it what you want.”

In addition to these open events, Kellar also hosts private paint parties. She also offers mini-artist parties for children. Although she has not done a mini-artist party yet, Kellar has two booked, and said she was inspired to offer them because she used to organize birthday parties for children when she was a gymnastics coach.

Kellar says that she has taught about 20 classes since starting her business, and that they have become quite popular.

“I’m getting a lot of repeat sign ups,” she said.

She also said that one woman, who had never painted before she took her class, told her she’d gone out and bought art supplies because of the experience. Kellar said that this was pleasing to her, and that another participant chose to display the art she created in her business.

Kellar has three public paint parties coming up: a paint party at the Council Rock Brewery in Cooperstown on March 22, a paint party at Nadius in Endicott on March 27 and a paint party at Cooley’s Stone House Tavern in Cooperstown on April 3. People at the Nadius event will be allowed to bring their own wine, and will receive 10 percent off their meal, as opposed to the two drinks that are usually provided to participants in the paint parties.

Kellar said that the event at Council Rock Brewery has been sold out for weeks, and that the event at Cooley’s is half full.

“They sell out quick,” said Kellar, who did note that the Nadius event was filling slower.

Kellar also said that she had developed good relationships with the businesses that host the paint parties, saying that patrons will often stick around after to order food or purchase additional drinks.

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