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A new Augusta business gives a creative twist to the ordinary night out for drinks and a bite to eat.

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Artist Emily Shakal, left, talks with attendee Lorrie Ellefson during a Corks and Canvas event at Carolina Ale House. A new business venture combining art lessons with food and drinks has started up in Augusta. Corks and Canvas is modeled after popular businesses in other cities where local artists hold classes in bars and restaurants.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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Artist Emily Shakal, left, talks with attendee Lorrie Ellefson during a Corks and Canvas event at Carolina Ale House. A new business venture combining art lessons with food and drinks has started up in Augusta. Corks and Canvas is modeled after popular businesses in other cities where local artists hold classes in bars and restaurants.

Corks & Canvas, a business venture modeled after a popular movement in cities nationwide, allows customers to create a painting while sipping wine or cocktails.

A hired art teacher leads the class, and the students take home the painting.

Tammy Lovett and her fiance, Lex Jones, started Corks & Canvas in October after moving from Oklahoma to South Carolina to be closer to family. Lovett attended a similar event, commonly called paint bars, in Okla­homa and decided to create one in Augusta and Columbia.

After months of planning, Corks & Canvas classes started at several Au­gusta bars and restaurants in Febru­ary.

In March, events are planned at The Cotton Patch, The Indian Queen, Oliv­i­ana Bar Italiano and Piz­ze­ria, Carolina Ale House, Nacho Mama’s and 5 O’Clock Bistro.

Customers sign up online for a three-hour painting session for which
artistic skill isn’t a requirement, Lovett said.

“It’s in a lively atmosphere so people can order wine and food if they want to,” Lovett said. “It’s something different. People get tired of doing the same things over and over again.”

Renee Myers, of North Au­gus­ta, is managing the Au­gus­ta business, which has eight artists lined up to teach classes. Sessions in Columbia have not yet begun.

The sessions are typically scheduled during off-hours for many bars or restaurants, Myers said.

Classes, which typically cost $35 per person, are intended for ages 25 to 55, but classes without alcohol can be arranged for children.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/01/13 - 06:34 am
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Whatever will sell alcohol.
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Did any do painting of deadly DUI auto crashes? This is not new. ARC had a Mexican restaurant where the kids created art on the table clothes with crayons. The kids of cause remained sober.

Drunk Art could replace Impressionist?. Now that fits countyman and the CBD. LOL LOL

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Riverman1 03/01/13 - 07:55 am
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Red goes in number one, blue

Red goes in number one, blue in number two, yellow in three....

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Dixieman 03/01/13 - 01:37 pm
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This is a weird idea. Can only imagine a very few people doing it once. And even if I am wrong about that, how many are going to do it more than once after the novelty wears off? Good meals, sure, art classes, great, but lumping the two together and then spending three hours in a restaurant? Not my idea of a great business plan.
If I am wrong and this works, I am opening a nail salon/do it yourself auto repair combo facility.

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MasonPointer 03/01/13 - 02:12 pm
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I would much rather take an

I would much rather take an art class with my friends at a restaurant than a stuffy art studio. This is a great idea, I'll be checking this out for sure. Augusta needs some new night life to refresh the social scene.

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David Parker 03/01/13 - 05:29 pm
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if it gets butts in the seats

if it gets butts in the seats , I see no issue. Now from the perspective of the restaurant owner, who may have to turn diners away in favor of artists, may be a problem.

C and C owner
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C and C owner 03/02/13 - 10:55 am
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Thanks for the comments!

As one of the owners of Corks and Canvas, I appreciate the comments.
Dixieman, I understand your criticism. We believe that we've done the research and that our idea is a good one. Our business is based on wholesome fun with the opportunity to enjoy a local restaurant, friends (new or existing ones), a little culture, and a peice of art that's all yours at the end of night! I invite you to participate in one of our events as my guest. Contact us through our website (related links on this website) and we'll set it up.

David Parker, we work with the venue to hold our events on nights when an area is available without displacing regular patrons. Contact us if your interested! We love to discuss more.

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Marthajan 03/02/13 - 02:52 pm
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Is there an age limit???

Did I read correctly that the class is intended for ages 25-55? Not older?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/02/13 - 06:20 pm
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"25-55"If you are over 55

"25-55"

If you are over 55 just use a fake ID saying you're younger to get in.

C and C owner
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C and C owner 03/03/13 - 09:48 am
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25-55??? certainly not!

The age limit for our PUBLIC events is "no one under 16 years old". we can set up PRIVATE events for any age group, but due to the fact that our public events are held in venues where alcoholic beverages MAY be served, we require our customers to 16+. There is no upper age limit!
...and we don't paint by numbers either. Everyone starts with a blank canvas and is encouraged to paint whatever you are inspired to paint.
We would love to see you all there!

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apmain 03/03/13 - 01:03 pm
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I've done this

I did this in the town I live in Texas, for a friend's bachelorette party. It was a lot of fun.

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David Parker 03/05/13 - 04:12 pm
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Collaborative

"we work with the venue to hold our events on nights when an area is available without displacing regular patrons. Contact us if your interested! We love to discuss more."

Figured that the case. Good idea and implemented well. PLEASE just make an attempt to bring John Kollock (Helen, Ga) down for one of the sessions. What about Stillwater downtown? With the space adjacent to it unused, the session could be outside once the weather warms/dries up.

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