LIMA — Kathy Boaz’s new painting studio is created for those who are not artists.
“The whole idea is, we’re catering to the person who feels that they cannot draw a stick person,” Boaz said.
The Premier Paint and Sip Studio opened last weekend, giving even the worst artists the opportunity to walk out with a beautiful painting.
The studio’s location, a former bank, only adds to the charm of the studio. The bank tellers’ counter now functions as the check-in counter and the vault serves as the wine cellar.
Right now, the studio is limited to the general painting events and private parties. A typical event at the studio lasts for three hours, Boaz said, and takes attendees through a step-by-step process on how to paint a certain painting.
The painting of the evening is picked by Boaz, unless the event has a hostess or is a private party. However, attendees can pick their own colors for their paintings, if they want the painting to match their homes, for example.
Boaz is the only one teaching adult classes, but she has two assistants she is training to run classes. This will give Boaz the ability to hold an event at the studio and a private party on the same night.
An evening class costs $35 or $45 with a refreshment package, which includes finger foods and wine, although Boaz technically gives the wine out because without a liquor license she cannot charge for it. Those under 21 are welcome to attend but cannot drink alcohol. Attendance at events is generally much smaller without alcohol, Boaz said.
Private parties are very enjoyable for Boaz, and something she thinks creates a very unique memory. If a child has a birthday party at the studio, every time each of the children there sees the painting they created at that party, they will remember the child.
Parties have a minimum of 12 attendees, although Boaz said her recent parties have been averaging 35 people. She has been going to homes for parties but hopes to be able to host them in her studio as well.
Boaz has big plans for the future of her studio, as well. She hopes to offer pottery, in addition to painting, and to sell customized paintings, murals and different types of faux painting.
Painting is a passion for Boaz and this business is something that she enjoys and isn’t stressful, like her former job as the executive director of Crisis Care in Van Wert.
“Having something now that is for me is so fun and relaxing,” Boaz said.
The studio has four events this weekend: one from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, one from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and also on Saturday and one from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to http://premierpaintandsip.com to register.
The Premier Paint and Sip Studio is located at 215 W. Market St. in Lima. Call 419-605-3840 or email PaintAndSipStudio@gmail.com for information.