Painting with a Twist offers variety of painting classes

Painters at Painting with a Twist range from beginners to seasoned artists, and many of the participants are painting for the first time. Designed with a fun, step-by-step approach, participants can take a range of classes from a Let It Snow Wood Art class to Pretty Poppies! and more. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Painters at Painting with a Twist range from beginners to seasoned artists, and many of the participants are painting for the first time.

Designed with a fun, step-by-step approach, participants can take a range of classes from a “Let It Snow – Wood Art” class to “Pretty Poppies!” and more. The studio has also introduced a new 10-by-30-inch painting size with classes like “Merlot Mischief” and “Pristine Peacock!”

“Painting with a Twist is geared toward people who have no experience in painting. We have over 7,000 copyrighted paintings in our art gallery. So, there’s a huge variety of things to choose from. In each class, we’ll choose a painting to paint for that class. So, by signing up for a class, a participant is coming in to create a specific painting that the class is about,” said Cheree Gallant, owner of two local Painting with a Twist locations – in Mason and Cincinnati-West.

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Professional artists or instructors lead the classes and take participants from a blank canvas to a finished product in each class, depending on the painting that is featured on the class calendar. Ultimately, participants will finish with a painting that looks exactly like the painting for the class that they signed up for.

“We have several standards that are popular. We also have a brand-new style of painting, which is a 10-by-30-inch canvas size,” Gallant said.

In every Painting with a Twist class, painters will have a chance to create a fun, art experience in a party-like atmosphere. There are two- and three-hour classes available for adults as well as classes for children and teens. Participants can also support area non-profits through a monthly, “Painting with a Purpose” fundraising class that is devoted to supporting worthy causes. Twelve times a year, 50 percent of the proceeds from each “Painting with a Purpose” class are given to a local non-profit.

Since Cheree and her husband, Steve, first opened the Mason location in 2012, they have been able to give back more than $40,000 to support area non-profits including organizations like Mason Food Pantry and The Dragonfly Foundation. Nationwide, Painting with a Twist has donated more than $4 million dollars to non-profit organizations across the country.

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“Each month, we have a host non-profit, and they get a chance to honor and celebrate the thing they’re the most passionate about, and we get to do it 12 times a year. I think that’s pretty exciting,” Gallant said.

With more than 350 franchise locations across the country, Painting with a Twist was founded in Mandeville, Louisiana by Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano. The business was inspired by Hurricane Katrina and maintains its strong focus of being involved in the community and giving back. Locally, Steve and Cheree are committed to that same vision.

Painting with a Twist in Mason is at 6196 Tylersville Road. For more information, call (513) 445-2456 or email mason@paintingwithatwist.com. For a complete class schedule, visit http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/mason/. The Cincinnati-West location is at 6507 Harrison Avenue.

Check out other area art classes and programs:

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts: www.fittoncenter.org

Middletown Arts Center: www.middletownartscenter.com

Fairfield Community Arts Center: www.fairfield-city.org

HOW TO GO

What: Painting with a Twist.

Where: 6196 Tylersville Road, Mason.

For more information: (513) 445-2456 or email mason@paintingwithatwist.com. For a complete class schedule, visit http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/mason/.

The Cincinnati-West location is at 6507 Harrison Avenue.

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