Friday, September 2, 2016

Best Friends: Artists and Their Companions

Me with Juno in my studio.
Photo: R. Scurlock

When I work in my studio, I'm not usually alone. I have four cats, and two of them prefer to hang around when I'm in the studio.* It's welcome company. Creating is often solitary work. I have friends who have pets that accompany them in their studios also, which led me to wonder about other artists. I first thought about Hemingway and his cats and George Rodrigue and his Blue Dog work, and William Wegman and his Weimeraners, but after a quick Google search, I found a lot more. I'm going to share some of those people in this blog, but feel free to send me more or add your own!

Please note that I wanted to include pictures for each artist, but for the sake of space, I have linked the artists to pictures of them with their pets or images they painted of their pets.

Andy Warhol had a dachshund named Archie, who he took with him everywhere, including restaurants. I read that in interviews, if Warhol didn't want to answer a question, he would defer to Archie.

Frida Khalo, is not only one of my favorite artists, but an animal lover. She had birds, monkeys, hairless dogs, and a fawn. Some of her self-portraits feature her pets.

Frida and her fawn
Source: Internet

David Hockney unabashedly paints his dachshunds, Stanley and Boodgie and has a book of paintings and drawings called Dog Days featuring the pair.

Edward Munch as many people know was a troubled man and lived alone. He had several dogs that he took everywhere, including the movies.

Salvador Dali had several pets, one that is often noted is his ocelot, Babou. He famously led Babou around on a leash and stone-studded collar in public. He took the cat into a restaurant where a woman expressed concern, and it's said that he told her not to worry because, "it is a normal cat that painted over in a op art design."

Pablo Picasso loved dogs and his dachshund, Lump, became his best companion. Lump was known to eat from Picasso's hand and urinate on one of the artist's sculptures. Their relationship has been documented in Picasso & Lump by David Douglas Duncan.

Paul Klee, who drew and painted many cats, most notably Cat and Bird, had a beloved cat named Bimbo. When he was away from home, he would write to his wife just to ask about Bimbo.

Romere Bearden the painter and collage artist, loved cats and had many, including one named Gippo. He found Gippo in the woods and after some adjustment time, Gippo became at home in the studio.


Quick List--Writers and their pets

Flannery O'Connor's peacocks

Mark Twain's cats

William S. Borroughs' cats

T.S. Elliot, creator of the characters that inspired the Broadway show, Cats

Charles Dickens. I hesitated to include him, but he had a deaf cat named Bob who was devoted to Dickens. When Bob died, Dickens had one of Bob's fore legs and paw taxidermied to the handle of a letter opener. Some people think this was a way for him to have daily contact with Bob after his death. (Too morbid for me!) It is part of the New York Public Library collection of literary artifacts.


Bob the cat's paw letter opener.
Source: NYPL

For more information, look up the book, Artists and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi.


*Please note that some studios are not safe for pets and make sure that your companion is safe from fumes, accidentally eating something toxic, fire or other hot tools, sharp objects and other dangers. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! May all of your scores run true!
-paula

Thursday, August 25, 2016

16 Art Show and Festival Tips and Resources


Outdoor Booth, work by Andria Linn
Photo by A. Linn

I ran across an article titled Top 10 Things to Have aSuccessful Art Show recently. It’s a basic list of do’s for setting up your booth and being prepared for shows and, I guess it’s also an oversight that the list is only 8 items. Anyway, the information is timely, as there are several annual local shows coming up in the area. I think it’s all good advice, but I’d like to expand on and add to this list, based on my own experience. The original items in the list are in bold.

Price everything. Definitely have everything priced and easily seen. Arrange your work so that people can find prices easily.

Have a clean, organized booth. Have a way to store your travel/packing containers out of the way and eyes of customers. Use displays that are easy to access and allow room for people to move without tripping over tables or other obstacles. Make the display about your work and your style. Try not to add to many extras, such as flowers or other dressing.


Be friendly. This is good advice, but also be aware that some people will engage you in conversation with no intention of buying anything. This is fine if the booth is empty. Be polite, but don't let chatty Cathys prevent you from engaging with buying customers.

Accept credit cards if you can, especially at high-end venues or if you sell expensive work. The Square has changed the complication of accepting credit/debit cards and makes sales so much easier! Have your payment options posted and easily seen. You will need a cash box or bag also. Get your change the day before the show.

Ask if there are other vendors selling the same type of work that you do before signing up. Always try to scope out not only the other artists, but also the show itself. All shows may not be a good fit for every artist. Sometimes there are too many artists in one type of media, which saturates the market. Reaching out to other artists who have participated in a show that you are interested in is another way to assess if a show will be a good fit for your work.

Have consistent packaging. Your packaging need will be specific to your artwork (e.g., boxes for jewelry or bubble wrap for glass), but take the time to have consistent colors/logos for bags and other packaging options.

Be friendly and smile at shoppers. I feel like this is redundant, since it's listed above, but I will add that art shows are often part of festivals and artists are part of the entertainment. Having an attractive, interesting booth/display is critical to attracting potential customers.

Don't pack up your booth until the show is over. It looks bad to the public if you are actively packing work while there are other open booths. Some shows will fine artists who pack up and leave before the show is over. Also, be sure to read all of the show details, such as inclement weather policies, extra fees or fines, awards, and so forth.

And here are my additional tips:

Have your business cards available and an email sign up book. It is also good to have scissors, tape, a receipt book and other basic office supplies on hand.

It's ok to work on something, like attaching jewelry pieces or crocheting, if you can, but don't ignore customers or work on anything messy. You need to be ready to engage at the moment someone comes into your booth.

Plan your breaks. Have a back up person who either joins you for the whole show or comes to relieve you at planned times. Try not to eat in front of your customers.

Have a basic care kit: bandages, pain reliever, hand sanitizer, sun screen, tissues, antibiotic cream, hand lotion, and other miscellaneous items in a storage organizer. (I was stung by a bee at an outdoor festival once.)

You will need a cash box or bag. Get your change the day before and have a way to track sales, whether you use a computer or phone app or paper method.

Wear comfortable clothes and if you have a chair, it is best if it is taller, barstool size, so that you are not below people's line of sight.

For your show planning and exploration, here's a list of NC fairs and festivals.


I hope this has been helpful information and your show experiences are positive! If you have additional advice, please leave a comment!

May all of your scores run true!
-paula



Monday, August 1, 2016

Raising Funds and Supporting a Cause

2016 Painted Chair and More Auction
Photo by V. Clack

The completely non-profit, all volunteer animal rescue group the Independent Animal Rescue held it's annual Painted Chair and More auction on Saturday, July 30 here in Durham, NC. As many of you know, animal welfare is an issue that I care deeply about.

I love to create special pieces for this auction. I look at this as an opportunity to support their efforts and to let my creative juices go. I plan for something fun, unique and useful, hoping to capture enough interest to create a bidding war.  Knowing that the money will go to help the animals is my primary motivator, but watching a piece that I made create a buzz is a wonderful feeling.


Stained Glass Mosaic Chair
Chair and Photo By P. MacLeod

I wasn't able to attend this year's event due to a scheduling conflict, but I did get an update from an auction organizer. Although my chair raised $150, overall the total amount raised was not as much as last year. Obviously the ideal would be that each year would raise more or at least as much as the year before.

This brings me to a subject that I have written about before (5 Things to Consider Before You Donate), but also reminds me of a conversation that I had with an artist friend recently. The practice of donating your work for fundraiser such as this one is a personal choice that shouldn't be based on whether or not you benefit directly from making the donation. Artists are told over and over that your donation is also "exposure" for you and your work. I don't know anyone who has made a follow up sale or commission from participating in an auction. On the other hand, I have more time than money and making a donation is my way of supporting the cause. 

After thinking about this for a bit, I have begun to wonder if an auction fundraiser the best way to raise funds? If you have insight or just ideas, please leave me a comment!

May all of your scores run true!
-paula

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th at the Dentist

Note: Today's blog is a total departure from art and art-like things. Enjoy!

I had a dentist appointment to have a regular cleaning today. I look forward to getting my teeth cleaned. I have many, many terrible stories that happened in a dentist’s chair, but cleanings always make my teeth feel smooth and pearly.

I really like our dentists and the hygienist there. She’s a very nice woman who is easy to chat with, for as much chatting that you can do when someone has their hands in your mouth.

After I sit down, she tells me that it’s time for the annual bitewings. Oh joy. We get through that without too much issue, and that’s that.

It’s late spring and she starts talking about stopping by a U Pick strawberry patch on her way home from work. That led us to a discussion about blackberries growing wild and how she’s from Tucson and in Arizona, you don’t eat anything growing wild because it might kill you, and so on. This is going on while she’s getting the tray set up and the suction going, but the swing out arm is wonky and she says, “Well, we’ll get this going somehow.” And I mentioned that it’s Friday the 13th, in a joking sort of way. She says, “Oh, yeah. I never pay attention to that.” I say that I don’t think that Friday the 13th is any different than any other day, but it’s fun to tell people that it is Friday the 13th.

After that, the pump for the tool that spins or drills or whatever doesn’t seem to work. So she has to fiddle with that. Then the tray won’t lower correctly again. Finally she’s done and goes to get the dentist for the final ok.

He comes in and she pushes a rolling chair in for him to have a seat and the chair won’t roll straight.  Then she moves the tray around to his side of the exam chair and nearly hits me in the back of the head. He’s trying to put on gloves, but apparently the large size in one brand is not the same as the large size of another brand, and after trying to put on a glove that is labeled “large” and it is too small, nice hygienist hands him a pair of a different brand, and they fit. Now that he’s settled, he asks me is about a lower molar on the right side of my mouth, “So tell me about this crown and root canal.” I reply, “Gosh, there’s not much to tell. It’s really old.” And he proceeds to poke around in my mouth.

“Tell me if this hurts at all when I push on your tooth, “ he says. It doesn’t. Then he pushes on the gum underneath the tooth from one side, then the other, and asks the same question. I don’t know what they teach in dental school about how much pressure to use to determine if a tooth is sensitive, but I would think that if you used enough pressure to say, push a tack into corkboard, that should do it. But if you push as if you are trying to get a tack into   a cement block, well that ought to hurt even if the tooth isn’t sensitive. Anyway, then he takes the end of one of those pokey tools and taps on the top of the root canal tooth, and then on the tooth next to it, and asks if it feels any different when he taps on one, then the other. He taps on both four times, but that doesn’t bother me either.

At this point, he says, “Well let me show you why I’ve been pushing and tapping all over that tooth.” The hygienist gets an x-ray image up on the monitor, and he starts talking about the tooth. He points out what the healthy root canal looks like on another tooth, then how one of the filled canals on the root canal tooth goes completely to the end. The other, however, does not. There’s just a tiny bit of root that isn’t filled in. Then he shows me a dark shadow underneath the end of the root. That, he says, appears to be an abscess. 

Image from the internet

“Abscess!” I do NOT like the sound of that. He tells me that it’s been on watch and the image is from 2011. He continues on by saying that if I get a pimple-type bump on the cheek side of that tooth or it hurts to chew on that side of my mouth or becomes sensitive to heat or cold, I would need to take care of it ASAP.

Another image from the internet (Yikes)


The first thing I think is what the hell do you do about this? And I ask, “What would have to be done? Would you just pull it?” I think this tooth has been fussed over enough, but he says, “Oh, no.” (No dentist ever wants to pull a tooth anymore.) “You would need to go to an endodontist. They would come from the cheek side of the mouth, where there isn’t any bone to deal with, flip back the gum, and clean the abscess out.” Then he shows me how close the lower jaw nerve is to the root and says that the proximity makes it very tricky to not hit it. Again, in my head I’m thinking that this tooth isn’t worth all that.

And then it hits me. What does this horrible tooth look like now? Because I’m thinking that they’ve already looked at the x-ray from the bitewing and it must be the same or worse since we’re looking at an image from FIVE years ago.

“So what does it look like now?” I ask.

He says, “I guess we can do a P.A.” I don’t know what a P.A. is. Not then. I do now. It’s a periapical radiograph: an x-ray of one tooth. I’m all for this, but I’m a little confused as to why we didn’t do this already. If this thing looked like that and it’s been FIVE years, I would expect it to be rotten or worse.

Nice hygienist gets the lead blanket back out, and as she takes a few steps toward me, trips on a motor box just beside the chair and nearly falls on me. I laugh about it, and then laugh some more when she nearly hit herself in the head with the swing out camera. She laughs and says, “Really, this isn’t my first day.” Then we get the P.A. done.

Moments later, we look at it on the monitor. There isn’t a shadow. At all. No shadow. No abscess. The image isn’t at the same exact angle as the one from two thousand and eleven, but it is clear that it is not there. I have to ask, “What happened?” “It must have cleared up on it’s own,” he says. “But, this is a different angle, so it may still be there. We can keep a watch on it and just be aware of any changes in sensitivity or bumps in your mouth.”

I am SO relieved, and I have clean, smooth teeth. I like Friday the 13th.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Creating a Custom Chair Part IV: Upholstering the Seat and Creating a Kitty Hammock

Chair With First Covering Option
Photo: P. MacLeod

I was able to work on the custom chair this weekend and get it all done! So I'm going to chronicle that process in this blog.

As shown in the picture above, when I put the material I originally picked for the seat on the chair, I instantly felt it was all wrong. The pattern of the material is too busy and "fighting" with the mosaic. Darn.

So I went off to Jo-Ann, our only retail sewing store, to find a better option. My instincts told me a solid blue is going to be a good choice. I don't know how many of you have purchased upholstery material, but it ain't cheap. I don't have deep pockets, so I spent a lot of time picking through the remnants and marked down bolts. I did find a pretty blue for the seat and a fleece blue for the hammock. (I wanted a very soft fabric for the hammock.) I also bought white decorative cord for the hammock.

When I got home, I just laid the material on the seat and immediately knew this is the right color. My cats thought so too, as you can see in this photo:

Juno and Rango Check Out the Chair
Photo: P. MacLeod

Now I was ready to try out my new pneumatic upholstery staple gun. I bought a Surebonder brand staple gun and the recommended staples. I haven't had much experience with a compressor, but the staples are forced with air from a compressor.  I had help from my husband and after using the compressor and gun, I don't think I would work with those without a helping hand. I'm just too nervous. To top it off, the safety warnings in the owner's manual were long and sobering.

(DO NOT use any of this description for directions. READ and FOLLOW all manuals and instructions with your tools.) The basics of using the compressor are that it has to force air into the tank, which is measured by one gauge. After it fills to your specific p.s.i., you can attach the air hose, and open the valve to allow air into the hose, this p.s.i. is measured on the gauge on the right. Then the air hose is connected to the staple gun. After you are done using the compressor, you have to let the air out. The staple gun itself is rather simple. It loads a lot like a regular stapler. There's safety on the trigger. I put the safety on anytime I was not actively stapling. 

This is noisy and scary. The compressor keeps the pressure in the tank stable, so it will turn off when the p.s.i. is right and turn back on to maintain that p.s.i. It takes a few minutes to get used to that. I was really nervous at first. I wanted to be very careful not to put a staple in my hand or head. Here's a brief video of me using the staple gun:



Video by R. Scurlock


It does a great job, though. I stapled the middle of the top side and the middle of the bottom side first, just to keep the material from slipping. Then I worked on each side and overlaid the material at the corners for a nice, smooth tuck. I pulled and smoothed the material frequently to keep the material from bunching.

Next I worked on the hammock. I haven't sewn anything in years, so my plan for this was VERY basic. I measured the approximate space that seemed large enough for a cat or small dog, and then I measured the distance from the hooks to about where I felt the hammock should hang. After that, I cut four lengths of cord and taped those in loops in each corner. Then I set up a bobbin and simply sewed the sides closed. 

And here's the before and after shots:


Before

After
Photos: P. MacLeod


I hope it will bring a big bid at the auction! It is Saturday, July 30 at the Levin Jewish Center here in Durham. I'll cover that in a blog afterwards.

May all of your scores run true!
-paula









Thursday, April 14, 2016

Creating a Custom Chair: Part III, The Mosaic

Chair back mosaic, Photo: P. MacLeod

I finally got to the mosaic for the chair! I chose daffodils for the spring flower detail and did the same design on the front and back of the V shape of the chair.

The tools I used to create the mosaic are:

From left: Grout Elf, Dust Mask, Safety Glasses, Dremel, Running Pliers, Pottery Pick, Tweezers, Mosaic Cutters, Dust Brush, Photo: P. MacLeod

I drew the design with chalk so I had a basic guide for where the blooms and foliage would go. Then I started cutting the shapes for the blooms. I chose tile adhesive to attach the glass pieces because it has a stickyness that will hold pieces on a vertical surface. And, because this is an INDOOR chair, I didn't need to worry about exposure to extreme temperatures or water. After the blooms and foliage were done, I filled in the background.

After the adhesive was dry (tile adhesive needs 24 hours to dry completely), I began prep for grouting. Because some of the surface wasn't completely flat, there were some spots where the glass edges were uneven. To make sure that the surface is completely smooth, I used a Dremel with a cone-shaped grinding attachment and gently smoothed the sharp edges. To do this, I wore eye protection AND a dust mask. That is really important, because grinding on glass without water releases glass dust into the air. Breathing in glass dust causes silicosis, which could be fatal. Once I'm was happy with the surface, I began the grouting process.

I used sanded grout, which is important because of the variety of spacing between the pieces. Sanded grout will fill areas up to 1/2" inch. I went with a neutral white color that won't overwhelm the colors of the design. Grouting is messy, so I made sure that I set up in my studio where I can be messy.

Mixing grout can be tricky. Texture is the key. I use old plastic containers from hummus, sour cream or yogurt as mixing tubs and craft sticks for mixing. When I'm done, I just toss the whole thing in the trash. (Never put grout in the sink--it will clog the pipes.) I wear a dust mask as I scoop dry grout into the mixing container and add water. I add the water slowly, so that I can control the wetness of the grout. The mixture should be smooth and about the texture of peanut butter. A test for accurate texture is to scoop up a bit of grout on the craft stick and turn it upside down. The grout shouldn't be runny and drip off, but have some "hang time" on the stick. (Runny grout will crack as it dries.)

For the application, I scoop grout onto the glass and push it into the spaces with my Grout Elf. Some people prefer using their hands or other tools, which is fine. I created the Grout Elf to be like a miniature grout float for small spaces and I really love the way it cuts down on clean up time. Grouting is an important finish for a mosaic and when it is done well, it makes all of the difference. Below is a short video of me grouting:



After cleaning up all of the surfaces, the mosaic is done!


Mosaic front and back, Photo: P. MacLeod

Next steps: Upholstery!

May all of your scores run true!
-paula


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Creating A Custom Chair: Part II, Prep

Dismantled Chair
Photo: P. MacLeod


Part II of the chair transformation focuses on prepping the bones for an update.

For the first step, I took off the upholstery. I used the following tools:
  • Box cutter
  • Flat head screw driver
  • Needle-nosed pliers
Using the box cutter, I cut into the upholstery along the piping line of the "V" on the front and back. Removing the padding was simple, but the piping was stapled into the wood, so I pried the staples, one-by-one, with a flat-head screw driver, and pulled them out with the pliers. This was slow going. 

Then I turned my attention to the seat. I removed the seat from the chair, and did the same thing as before. But this time, there were three layers of stapled material. Staples are sharp, and yeah, I got a little boo-boo and a blister. 

Right after I finished removing all of that, I took a trip to the library and checked out a couple of books about reupholstering furniture. I should have done that first. There are real tools for taking out staples that do a much better job than a screw driver and pliers. I went to Amazon for upholstery tools and made an order for:
  • Staple lifter
  • Tack lifter
  • Electric staple gun
  • Staples
Those are the basic tools for what I need now. Having the staple and tack lifters would have made the chore of removing all of those staples much easier and would have prevented this lovely blister.


I also bought a copy of "Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design." Spruce is an Austin, TX, based upholstery company. I love the projects and material choices in this book. It's very fun and colorful. (When I turn my attention to recovering those fabulous antique chairs I bought at The Scrap Exchange, I will have to add some more tools and supplies. See Part 1: Creating a Custom Chair.)

After I finished taking off the upholstery, I began sanding. I need to get just enough of the finish off so that when I prime it, the coverage will be even and none of the dark color will come through.

I used an electric sander for most of the work, but there were places where the sander wouldn't fit, so I worked those areas by hand.

Sanded chair
Photo: P. MacLeod

Water-based Kilz is my go-to for primer. I like that it is odorless and clean-up can be done with water. I will prim all of the exposed wood, but not the area for the mosaic. I'll prime that with a water-based polyurethane sealer, like Minwax.

Now that the prep is complete, it's time for Fun Part I: Mosaic Inset.

May all of your scores run true!
--paula



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Creating A Custom Chair: Part 1, Design Plan

Chair for Charity Auction
Photo: P. MacLeod

The Independent Animal Rescue (IAR), a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue group here in Durham, holds it's 14th annual Painted Chair and More benefit auction on July 30 this year. If you know me, you know that the IAR is a group that is close to my heart. I have participated in this event every year, and this is the chair that I am going to transform into a functional, custom piece of art for this year's auction. I'm going to chronicle the process here. Please follow along!

I found the chair at a local Goodwill for $9.99. It's very sturdy, with dark wood and the V-shaped detail on the back piece is the same on the back side. My first thought was that I can take the upholstery off of the V-shaped areas and create a mosaic in that space. The recession should make the space easy to work on and create a smooth transition to the wood with no uneven or sharp mosaic edges.

Today I went to The Scrap Exchange, an amazing reuse center here in Durham, to look for material that I can use to replace the seat upholstery. I hadn't settled on a color scheme or design direction yet, but on the drive over to the Scrap, I felt inspired by the spring blooms of daffodils, forsythias, red bud and tulip trees, and my favorite--wisteria. So when I walked into the Scrap, I went right to the cloth section looking for spring colors. Here's what I found:

Material for Chair
Photo: P. MacLeod

I plan to use the flower print material for the seat and create a hammock underneath the seat with the mauve fine-ribbed corduroy. I think the hammock would be a nice napping spot for a kitty or a small dog. It could also be used for stashing magazines or papers. 

To create the hammock, I plan to drill hangers in the upper corners of the legs and create loops with the cord for hanging. It will be removable, so if someone doesn't want it or wants to wash it, they can take it off.

I felt good about my colors and materials, and in my mind, I'm seeing the chair painted in a lighter color. So I know plenty of sanding is in my future. As I'm checking out all of the other neat things, I run across a pair of chairs that are just too good to be true.

Old Chair
Photo: P. MacLeod

One was $7.00 and the other, which has a broken leg, was $5.00. I bought both of them. I guess I'm going to be learning a lot about upholstery. Here's the underside:

Underside of Chair
Photo: P. MacLeod

They will have to wait until I get the spring chair done!

Next: Prepping the chair. Work begins!

May all of your scores run true--
-paula



About my involvement with IAR:

We adopted one of our cats from IAR, I've taught workshops as fundraisers for them, and I also volunteer on Tuesday mornings to feed and clean the cubbies for the available cats and kittens that Pet Co generously allows IAR to present to the public. I'm constantly looking for the perfect dog to adopt from IAR.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My Painting Party Experience

In the studio at Wine and Design in Durham, NC.
Photo by Andi Linn-Dunlap


A friend invited me to join a group at a local business called Wine and Design for a painting party this week. It sounded like fun and the design selection for that night was interesting to me, so I signed up.

For $35 we had two hours in their roomy studio, all supplies included:
  • ·      paint
  • ·      brushes
  • ·      prepped canvas
  • ·      easels
  • ·      aprons


They allow wine or beer. It’s bring your own, but they do provide cap/cork openers and plastic cups.

There were six people in our group. Our comfort level with artistic painting ranged from “I’ve never done this before, and I’m really nervous” to “I finished a painting last week.” As an artist and an instructor, I honestly believe no matter what your proficiency, you can always learn something from taking a class. No shade!

We had a really nice and knowledgeable instructor, Denise, who guided us step by step through the process. She led by demonstrating each part of the process on a canvas, and then she walked around to help or consult with each paint partier. She encouraged us to customize our paintings by substituting colors or adding more or less paint as we chose.

In between instruction, while Denise was working with individuals, she turned up the music. The music was all upbeat, popular tunes that we sometimes sang along with.

Because I got into my own zone, I missed a short step and felt a little bit behind by the time we needed to be wrapping up. I didn’t panic, because I totally expect to fiddle with my canvas later.  But everyone else did finish and our newbie was thrilled with her work and wants to do it again! So if you are looking for something fun and creative to do, be sure to check them out!

Our finished paintings!
Photo by Denise


About Wine and Design

Wine and Design was started by two Raleigh locals and is now a national franchise. The business offers painting parties, such as the one I went to, as well as birthday events for all ages, team building events and more. Watch this YouTube video about Wine and Design.

May all of your scores run true!
-paula