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WALLINGFORD – A set of handmade rainbow curtains are the backdrop to three easels displaying summer paintings at the Splat Art Studio on South Colony Road.
“It really is a magical time in the summer,” said Kate McNamee, 47, studio owner. “We go all out.”
The Wallingford resident opened up the studio 11 years ago. She grew up interested in art, influenced by her father, a graphic advertising artist. She later attended art school at Endicott College.
Now a wife and mother of three adult children, McNamee is sharing her love of art with the community
“I think we’ve grown into what the kids need,” McNamee said of the last decade. “It’s crazy — we’ve definitely doubled, almost tripled, in size.”
The summer art camps, which begin this month, sold out quickly. The studio is hosting 10 weeks of themed camps including circus and carnivals, fairytales, classic cartoons, Alice in Wonderland, fairy houses and more.
“Each week we’re painting, we’re drawing, we play with charcoal and pastels,” McNamee said. “Each week it’s an explosion of all different crafts and all different types of art.”
Interested students or parents can put their names on a wait list online for unexpected openings.
On Friday nights the studio will host pizza paint parties, a kid version of the popular ‘paint and sip’ parties. Parents drop their kids off for three hours of painting and pizza.
“We all absolutely love art,” McNamee said. “We don’t see ages, we’re just one and it’s a family.”
“There’s a reason why I run to work every morning in the summer,” she added.
Adults can release their creativity, too, with paint and sip events throughout the summer. Participants bring wine and paint an acrylic piece step by step.
“Couple glasses of wine before you start painting is always helpful,” McNamee said. “It’s a good time.”
She enjoys seeing how the paintings come out because they are never the same. Painters, whether seasoned or first-timers, are able to see their own styles revealed in their finished pieces.
“It’s yoga for the mind,” McNamee said.
Currently, she said, the “paint your pet” events are very popular, along with sunset scenes.
“We get a lot of requests, people will email us photos from their vacations,” she said.
After the paint events, McNamee will often get emails from painters showing their finished pieces hanging in their homes.
“Everyone has art in them,” she said. “It’s just a matter of letting it out.”
More information can be found at http://www.splatartstudio.com/