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.