Southern social trend hits points north

Recent guests at Saratoga's Paint and Sip Studio take a break from class. Submitted photo.

Recent guests at Saratoga's Paint and Sip Studio take a break from class. Submitted photo.

— According to Hover, this type of social and art studio is popular in the south and elsewhere.

“I was kind of shocked that there wasn’t already one in place in Saratoga, an artsy, creative town,” said Hover.

She also said her overall philosophy comes from artist Bob Ross, the popular public television painter who was known for saying that there are no mistakes in painting, only “happy accidents.” The sentiment is also painted on the Paint and Sip studio wall.

Artist and instructor for the studio, Kendra Farstad said, “It is my hope that people come into the studio and check their fear and inhibition at the door. This is a fun night out, if people are too hung up on perfection they might miss the experience Paint and Sip provides. We want to provide an easy-going atmosphere where people can come and create something all their own and leave feeling good about it.”

Hover drew much of her inspiration for her business from Palettes and Pairings located near Seattle, Wash. As far as the social studios being present in the northeast, she said she is aware of one in Rochester and one in Boston.

So far, Hover said that people are “impressed with their painting abilities” and that they are happy to bring home a piece of art that “is worthy of their wall.”

Return visitor Jill Reynolds of Saratoga has been to Hover’s studio twice. The first visit was with some co-workers from the Saratoga Saddlery.

“It was great for group dynamics and everybody kind of got to know each other and talk outside of work,” said Reynolds. The group of around20 chose to paint cowboy boots and a hat, and some of the paintings now hang on the walls at Saratoga Saddlery.

Her second trip to the studio was with extended family. She had been at her “wits end” trying to come up with entertainment for almost a dozen family members who were visiting her from out of town. Saratoga Sip and Paint was the perfect answer.

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