Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Painting the Town Red - Girl's Night Out With a Twist

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey all,

It's paint week and I can't think of a better time to share our latest group outing.  The girls and I recently ventured to Painting With a Twist in Fairport, New York.

What is Painting With A Twist, you ask?  Well, Painting With A Twist is a locally owned store (but part of a national franchise) that invites people to come and paint with friends.  The "twist" is that patrons can bring a bottle of wine and snacks to share while they are painting.  Sounds pretty awesome, no?  

Here is what you will see when you arrive:

Different Paintings They Have Completed In The Past

When you come in, you are greeted by several staff members.  I can tell you ALL the employees were incredibly friendly.  They, too, have fun here and it shows.  It's kind of refreshing to walk into a place where everyone is happy.  It even says this on the floor:

Once you are signed in, you are given a seat (if you plan to go with a group of friends, make sure to request to sit next to one another).

At this time you can organize your snacks and beverages.  This is important!  I loved seeing the snacks line up.  But what I loved even more is that while I brought a bag of pretzels to share, Mrs. Williams had to take it to another level and not only bring appetizers, but her own basket and linens for presentation.  I'm not kidding.  Look below.  There's my lonely blue bag of pretzels and there's Mrs. Williams with her spread.  

Then we got our smocks on.  The girls thought it was hilarious that I had a necklace on with my smock.  It's probably like when I wear heels in my sweats.  I'm just fashion forward like that.

"Okay ladies, let's do this."  Cheers to friendships, the arts and local businesses!  Who is ready to paint some cherry blossoms?

Soon our lovely instructor, Sarah, was directing us on the stage.  Here she is along with the painting we were recreating.  Sarah was so cool.  She made everyone feel at ease (even if you didn't study art in school like her and your skills were kind of, uh, elementary).  Sarah gave us step by step instructions on how to create our masterpieces.  She stood on the stage and demonstrated each move.  There were some people who didn't follow Sarah at all.  And, that was okay too.  In fact, that's the best part about art--there's no such thing as a bad painting!

Our artist for the evening - Sarah

Let the painting begin!  Mrs. Gosling and Mrs. Williams were initially bummed that we were painting blooms and not Ryan and Brian.  But, they quickly got over it.  Move over Monet, there's some new gals in town...

Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Gosling getting their paint on.
And here they are thirty minutes and one large glass of wine later:

I kid!  But seriously, can you sense the fun we are having?  At one point the instructor had us take a break and play a game.  We were asked to put a paper plate on our head and draw an object without looking.  Sarah instructed us to draw a large face.  Mrs. Williams apparently took that to mean, draw Hangman.  

She's (Mrs. Williams) trying to sell Hangman to us here but we're not buying it.  Go back to whipping up Lego closets and paper heart mobiles, mmkay?  We've got the paper plate.

Here's mine:

Before we knew it, we were done with our paintings and it was time to leave.  Are you ready for the big reveal?!  Gosling and Williams staged the picture below.  We're smizing with our works of art.

Be honest, you like the one in the middle best, right?  It's okay.  It can be our secret. 

We had the BEST time at Painting With a Twist.  If you are looking for a fun night out with the girls, I highly recommend you plan a visit.  But wait, it's not just for the girls!

Painting would be fun for so many different groups and parties.  John, the owner, and Lisa, the manager, are fantastic! They are so welcoming and they will work to make sure you have a fun time.  I think this would be great for corporate functions when you're looking for something to DO with a group of people.  Or, if you were looking to go out with people who don't all know one another, it's a fun icebreaker.  They even have painting sessions for the kiddos.  Lisa said if you were interested in a particular picture they could work with you.  Personally, I dig the local scenes like the Rochester skyline or the Lift Bridge in Fairport (see below).

Thank you Carly, Lisa, Sarah and John.  You guys rock!  

We can't wait to come again!  I have a paint suggestion for our next party and I already checked with the other girls:

Painting With a Twist
1276 Fairport Road
Fairport, New York 14450

See you soon and thanks for the fun night!

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  I would like to point out the fact that I, Mrs. Gosling, was the only NN'er that followed the color direction on the tree.  Um, can I get a detention pass for Mrs. K & Mrs. W, please!  Joking, joking!  Painting with a Twist was so much fun (especially with a little vino and some eats) BUT the best part was the company and staff.  Thanks for a great time! 

Note from Mrs. Williams:  Do you think it would be OK if I hung out at Painting With a Twist every night?  I mean this place was the perfect combination of fun - paint, food, rule number five, music playing in the background, and friends.  
P.S.  That hangman on the paper plate was like a Picasso!

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