Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cool Things Going on This Week: Part One

'Paint Nite' hits the ATL!

With Labor Day being over, I guess it's back to, well, labor! Regardless, I am always looking out for cool ways to relieve some stress, get your sip on, and do something with a significant other, family and friends. There is this national art class called Paint Nite that looks pretty damn cool. You go to a select pub, restaurant, or event space in your area (plug in your zip code here), paint your rendition of an established painter's work, order some drinks, fill your belly, and voila! You go home with your own work of art! 

I am trying it out this Wednesday at Coco Cabana. The official press release is below. Look for more options on how to kick it this week, including making beer cocktails with my homey Mercedes at H. Harper Station and El Jimador Tequila, the Porter Beer Bar's 5-day anniversary celebration, and football-related subject to kick off the 2013-2014 NFL season!
Paint, drink and be merry! “Paint Nite” events hit Atlanta nightlife
Social painting phenomenon pops up in bars throughout Atlanta

Here’s the scoop: A fresh new way to do a girl’s night out, date night, birthday party or team building event has arrived and is taking the city’s bar scene by storm. Paint Nite, a leader in the viral social painting phenomenon, today announced its expansion into the Atlanta market. Paint Nite is a fun and creative way for people to drink, paint and socialize with others in the comfort of their favorite local bar or restaurant.

“Atlanta has some of the most talented artists in the country and an amazing bar scene, the ideal combination for great Paint Nites,” said co-founder Dan Hermann. “Paint Nite offers a creative way to have a few drinks with friends or meet new people in a laid back atmosphere -- you don’t need to have an ounce of artistic ability, you just need to be open to having fun!”

A relatively new phenomenon, social painting brings people together for a guided painting session in a creative, social environment.  While participants mingle with old friends and make new ones, a professional artist provides step-by-step instruction, allowing attendees to turn a blank canvas into a final piece of personalized art in about two hours.

Active in more than 20 cities including New York, Miami, Chicago and Boston, Paint Nite presents weekly events across the U.S. and Canada, with more than 50 local artists hosting thousands of participants in over 250 different venues every week. 

Unlike social painting classes at brick & mortar locations with limited capacity and minimal food and beverage offerings, Paint Nite’s “nomadic” business model means more classes in a variety of venues designed to suit every need.  Event locations, artist information, and a sample of each featured painting can be found on PaintNite.com.  Seats are limited and event tickets, which include a 16” X 20” canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and professional instruction, are sold in advance online. If desired, drinks and food to accompany the painting experience are purchased directly from the hosting bar or restaurant.

“Paint Nite is a win-win-win for us, for local artists and for the participants,” said Helen Kirk, event sales and marketing manager at Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant on Buckhead Ave.  “While people are painting and having fun socializing with friends, we get to drive traffic on a traditionally slower night and introduce a whole new group of potential customers to our establishment.”

To locate a Paint Nite event in the Atlanta area, join the network of venues or to inquire about becoming a featured artist, visit PaintNite.com

About Paint Nite
Paint Nite, the industry leader in social painting, offers a creative twist on a night out at the bar. Headquartered in Boston, it was founded in March 2012 by entrepreneurs Daniel Hermann and Sean McGrail and is now in more than 25 cities across the United States and Canada. A professional, local artist provides step-by-step instruction, from a blank canvas to a final piece of personalized art in about two hours while participants enjoy their favorite cocktails.  More information about Paint Nite can be found at PaintNite.com or they can be followed at Facebook.com/PaintNite and @paintnite on Twitter.


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