Sip wine with friends and paint a masterpiece

  • Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 11:08am
  • Life

By Andrea Brown, Herald Writer

Eat. Drink. Paint.

It’s happy hour art class.

Known as “paint and sip,” studios pair merlot with van Gogh in a festive setting.

“It is mostly entertainment,” said Joan Duce, co-owner of Embellished in Edmonds. “You get some skill tips.”

Artists take home an original masterpiece.

Duce opened Embellished in July after going to a Seattle area studio on a girls’ night out.

“None of us had painted since kindergarten,” she said. “We had a great time. I said, ‘We could really use something like this in Edmonds.’ And off we went.”

Two months and a liquor license later, she and family members opened Embellished in downtown Edmonds.

“In five days, we sold 700 Groupons,” said Duce.

Students follow along as an instructor gives step-by-step direction. All paint the same thing, but with their own flair.

This isn’t paint-by-numbers, mind you. Or fine art. They might paint a flower, a chandelier, a giant eyeball or an Edmonds version of “Starry Night,” complete with ferry.

Sessions cost $40, and include painting supplies, appetizers and the first glass of wine, beer or nonalcoholic drink.

“We go through a lot of wine,” Duce said. “People are intimidated by painting. They start to relax and have a great time. If they really want to whoop it up they’ll buy a bottle.”

The trick is to not dip your paint brush into your wine glass.

Sign up and sip

Slogan: “Paint a little. Wine a bit. Laugh a lot.”

Where: 111 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds.

Phone: 425-678-0981.

On the Web: embellished-inc.com.

The studio also offers private parties and kids’ classes.