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Colorful attention to detail at a Drinkable Arts event. Courtesy photo.




Drinkable Arts Studio Grand Opening/Open House

When: Thursday, March 12, 5 to 8 p.m. 
Where: 100 Factory St., Nashua
Call: 626-7746
Visit: drinkablearts.com 




Paint and sip
Drinkable Arts opens in Nashua

03/12/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Your morning cup of coffee or end-of-the-day glass of wine could be a little more special by drinking from glassware that you designed. Cheryl Snyder, owner of Drinkable Arts, invites you to “uncork your creative side” by putting brush to glassware to help bring color to your martinis and pints.

“I love painting on canvas … [but] I personally only have so many places I can put canvas,” Snyder said in a phone interview. “Everybody uses glassware, so to me it was like a no-brainer.” 
Snyder started painting glassware while managing a nightclub and tending bar and soon realized that paint and sip parties would be a fun way to bring art, wine and friends together. In 2013, she hosted her first Drinkable Arts home paint party, followed by the first restaurant paint party at the New England TapHouse Grille. 
As the “paint-and-sip” market started to grow, Snyder knew she’d need a permanent space. 
“I realized I needed to move everything from my house … so I decided to do a studio so I can have classes here,” Snyder said. 
Paint events at the new studio will start with guests choosing a wine glass, stemless wine glass, coffee mug, martini glass or pint glass. Specialty glasses like pilsner glasses and margarita glasses will also be available from time to time. 
Each paint event includes design instruction and tips for how to hold the brush and use different paint strokes, but it won’t be a step-by-step type of class. 
“We [instructors] walk around non-stop and help you with your glasses,” Snyder said. “Just because my glass looks like one thing doesn’t mean that’s what theirs will look like. Everybody’s glass is their own creation.”  
As they’re painting, guests 21 or older can enjoy a glass of wine or beer as part of the studio’s BYOB policy — bring your favorite wine, beer or soda and the studio will provide the ice and cups. Bottled water and snacks will be available for purchase at the studio, but Snyder wanted guests to be able to bring whatever wine or beer they like because she sees it as part of the experience. 
“It’s a relaxing thing for them,” she said. 
To celebrate the new studio in Nashua, Drinkable Arts will host a grand opening/open house on Thursday, March 12, at 5 p.m. Nashua mayor Donnalee Lozeau will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., followed by tours of the studio and glassware painting sessions. 
“It’s a three-hour time period, so people come in and out,” Snyder said. 
Throughout the evening, studio guests can enjoy finger foods, appetizers and a glass of wine.
You can sign up online for an event at the new studio in Nashua or arrange a home paint party where you provide the food and drink and Drinkable Arts reps bring the paint and supplies to you in Manchester, Concord, Milford, Salem, Hudson and Plaistow.
 
As seen in the March 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo. 





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