IMAGINE moving to a country where one of your favourite things didn’t exist. That’s what American artist Melinda Janiszewski found when researching her move to Australia, so she opened a business: a trendy, socialising art studio in Ascot Vale.
Fun with paint: Melinda has combined her passions for art and socialising.
Cocktails and Canvas, and Cupcakes n Canvas — one place for adults, the other for children — were born in March this year to provide a place to be creative and have fun with like-minded people.
“Painting and art have always been amazing outlets to express myself and a great form of therapy to relax and unwind,” Melinda says. “So I opened my business to give Aussies the first socialising art studio of its kind in the country.
“No painting experience is required. Our instructor walks each class through the same artwork, from start to finish in our two to three-hour sessions where we encourage everyone to leave their inhibitions at the door.”
Artists need only bring along their favourite wine or other tipple to sip on while painting — and don’t forget some nibbles to share.
Aside from the fun-filled adult art sessions, kids aged 7 to 15 can let their creativity run wild and explore the world of paint at Cupcakes n Canvas classes. “We encourage them to use their imagination, to discover a unique style.”
The business also caters to girls’ nights out, date and hens’ nights, private parties, team building, fundraisers, kids’ parties, mother-daughter or father-daughter days, and more.
Cocktails and Canvas, and Cupcakes n Canvas, at 544 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale, open 6.30-10pm Wednesdays-Sundays; and 1-4pm Wednesday and Sundays. Inquiries: 93709959 or cocktailsandcanvas南京夜网.au