Aspiring to bring a new kind of art to Shelby Township, a local resident and mother, Sue Gentry, and her two daughters, Lisa and Kelly Gentry, opened the doors of their Painting with a Twist studio in Shelby Township, a new place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist.
A pioneer in the Paint and Sip industry, Painting with a Twist, located at 50336 Schoenherr Rd. in Shelby Township, is part of a fast-growing national franchise that provides guests a unique "getaway" through art. A Painting with a Twist class includes friends, paint and the option to BYOB. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. Friends gather for an evening of laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent.
After losing her 21-year-old son, Alex, in a deadly car accident in Nov. 2011, Sue Gentry and her two daughters, Lisa, 27, and Kelly, 25, found that attending classes at Painting with a Twist in Ferndale was a positive outlet for their family during a very difficult time. Realizing that these classes were giving her the empowerment she needed to help her cope, Sue knew that with the help of her two daughters and the support of her husband, Scott, she could bring the concept to Shelby Township and offer others a way to express themselves through art. It was Alex’s passion for art and zest for life and adventure that truly inspired the Gentry’s to move forward and open a Painting with a Twist studio of their very own.
“Our new studio is designed to provide guests with a fun night out—a chance to escape from reality,” said Sue Gentry. “We are offering a lighthearted evening that merges creativity and a social gathering where friends come together to create memorable pieces of artwork.”
In keeping with the founders’ fundraising roots, Painting with a Twist of Shelby Township is passionate about supporting their local community. With the Painting with a Purpose program, Painting with a Twist of Shelby Township donates 50 percent of their proceeds to local non-profit organizations every month.
In addition to supporting the local community, Painting with a Twist of Shelby Township also offers private parties for corporate outings, bachelorette parties, sorority functions, date nights and special events. The studio is able to accommodate up to 75 people per gathering, making painting accessible for a few friends or a private party.
Painting with a Twist is open Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and during scheduled class times, and can be reached at (586) 247-7928. For more information, please visit paintingwithatwist.com/shelby-township.
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