Paint Nite, with the tagline ‘drink creatively’, just burst onto the Sault scene this week and it’s already on fire. Thirty women poured into Giovanni’s Restaurant last night to share a couple of drinks and a bunch laughs whilst exploring their painting chops.
The community can credit Janelle Tang for introducing this regular event that has been exploding in popularity across the globe over the past three years. Janelle has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a Masters in Museum Studies. Before moving to the Sault she worked for the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. She was first introduced to Paint Nite when she lived in Edmonton and she attended as a participant.
“I thought the concept was really neat and I thought it could be a good business opportunity for myself- even before I knew I was moving to the Sault,” shared Janelle. “When I did move here I realized that there was a really big live music scene and a real appreciation for the arts. It just reinforced to me that Paint Nite could be really successful in the Sault.”
The first Paint Nite originated in Boston Massachusetts and has since crossed the globe as far as the UK and China. Janelle is the instructor as well as the Paint Nite license holder for Sault Ste. Marie.
Paint Nite participants are provided with all the materials they will need to create their masterpieces including a 15 inch x 20 inch canvass. After a two hour live lesson all the participants will have completed a ready to hang painting. According to Janelle, most participants haven’t picked up a paintbrush since primary school as rang true for most of last night’s painters- and their final pieces were nothing short of impressive!
“That’s the fun part of my job,” shared Janelle. “Picking out what we’re going to paint. I pick something that is easy to paint in two hours and that would be attractive to hang. I take pride in selecting the paintings. I want you to like the end result and hang it in your house or maybe give it as a gift.”
Those interested in participating in Paint Nite should pre-register. Tickets are normally $45 but there are often coupon codes that discount the price. That information is found below. Janelle is hosting Paint Nite between Giovanni’s and the Water Tower Pub.
“What I think is great about paint night is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a painter or not. It’s about a good time, creating, being with other people and having a drink- and we turn up the music. It’s more of a party atmosphere,” enthused Janelle. “The main thing about Paint Nite is that you have to be of drinking age to attend. I think that’s something that adults look forward to – a distraction free evening. Paint Nite is great for date night or a girl’s night out.”
Below, Marion Bentley’s awesome painting progression.
Visit PaintNite.com or click here to book your paint night by date or by the painting you want to paint. Tickets can be purchased on line. Sault Se. Marie’s coupon code is SOONEW45 and entitles the user to a 45% off the ticket price.
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