Looking for a unique, affordable night out? Looking to broaden your creative horizons in a low-pressure, low-stakes environment among friends and supportive instructors? Look no further! Paint and sip nights have been popping up all over the state— here’s some local places to try.
Art Studio of Connecticut
1850 West St, Southington
Julie Scalora, artist and owner of Art Studio of Connecticut, took over the studio during the pandemic. The business has survived and thrived by being adaptive and resilient. The studio hosts a variety of events, both public and private, with a wide variety of painting options to accommodate preferences. Scalora emphasized the importance of ambiance in her studio/gallery. The space is sanitized often, remains uncluttered and is filled with the sounds of adult contemporary or gentle classic rock tunes. Bringing snacks and drinks is encouraged.
All Sketched Out LLC
For those who think the pressure of a paint night is too much, have no fear! Through virtual painting, anything is possible, even erasing those “way too thick” brush strokes. What was once a small school bus has been transformed into a mobile art studio and digital painting experience that can come right to your party. The All Sketched Out bus has hosted specialized groups, including those in recovery and at-risk youth. Regarding the digital art experience, Owner Apollo Maldonado said, “Some people don’t get it until they try it themselves.” From birthday celebrations to adult friends looking for something different, Maldonado encourages folks to consider All Sketched Out for their next paint and sip night. Bringing snacks and drinks on the studio bus is encouraged.
Gallery 53 Colony St, Meriden
This 113 year-old visual arts organization strives to make art part of the community, and to bring the community’s art to light! A versatile spot that features pieces from local artists for both purchase and display, Gallery 53 has been an integral part of the community. Gearing up to host a wide variety of events this summer and fall, Gallery 53 will continue hosting private parties and public events, including paint and sip parties. The studio has an incredibly unique view of the Meriden Green and displays the works of local artists for inspiration and community building. From a short film festival to paint and sip nights, Gallery 53 is your one stop-shop for all things artsy! Bringing outside snacks and drinks to the studio is encouraged.
Catalyst Art Studio
88 Center St, Wallingford
At Catalyst Art Studio, they don’t just offer paint and sip nights! Offerings also include wood, ceramic, and craft Nights. Snacks and beverages are welcome. Catalyst Art Studio aims to accommodate as many painters as possible. With to-go art kits available and in-home private party options, consider Catalyst Art Studio for your next craft night with friends.
While any night out with friends is a good night, add some extra color to your next one! Catch a scheduled paint and sip event or book a more intimate private evening. However you paint and sip, be sure to pair the activity with your favorite beverage, and allow your personality to shine through in your piece.
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves. When she's not helping out in the English department at Maloney High School, she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at firstname.lastname@example.org with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!