What do you get when you combine a brush and a beverage?
The answer: An entertaining night of art instruction with wine and craft beer that’s a little different from a visit to the bar.
Blending Palettes, 3332 S. Mooney Blvd., is a paint-and-sip studio in Visalia that celebrates its grand opening on Saturday.
For a few hours a night, Wednesday through Sunday, art enthusiasts and beginners can learn step-by-step how to paint pictures of swans in love, a tropical paradise, a lighthouse or flowers while sipping on local wine and craft beers.
Owner Chevella Mack embraced the concept after visiting a studio in Tennessee six years ago. The business was so unique that it left Mack with a desire to open one of her own.
“I’ve always been a closet painter,” Mack said. “I joke about being a closet painter because outside of this I don’t do a lot of other art.”
Mack is an interpreter for the deaf by trade. Her husband is a surgeon. Together, the pair researched the business and hired on two local artists to help lead the classes.
“This has been a concept that’s been growing substantially,” Mack said. “It was basically a fun thing to do.”
The studio is open Wednesday through Sunday evenings for classes. A schedule of the paintings planned for the day are on the studio’s website at blendingpalettes.com.
Children’s paint classes will be held during school breaks and summer vacation, Mack said. The studio is also available for private parties. Eventually, the business will have open painting time during the day.
Classes range in price from $15 for children’s classes to $35 for adult classes. For more information, call (559) 372-9855.