Art plus wine equals fun at Muse Paintbar

Dedicated to sports and recreation, the August issue of WAG – themed “Passion Plays” – will offer stories on tennis, golf and, as expected, equestrian topics (a WAG favorite).

We are rounding out those traditional sports stories with others related to recreational pursuits in the arts.

Since I don’t think of myself as an artist, I was a little apprehensive when my editor asked me to do a story about Muse Paintbar.

Well, I shouldn’t have worried. I attended a recent class at the White Plains studio and was quite impressed by the whole operation. I had a lovely chat with co-founder Stan Finch. I also sipped sangria, nibbled on French-bread pizza and, more to the point, was easily able to follow the fast-paced, fun instruction of Carla Olexovitch, which is designed to take away any fear and build confidence in a laid-back, fun atmosphere.

As she told me, “If you can hold a pencil, you can do this. It’s like paint by numbers for adults – with wine.”

That actually does sum it up, with the evening providing a good time and a, well, fairly decent painting that I created myself.

And while I’m not suddenly thinking I’m Picasso, I am thinking I’d like to go back and take another class.

Check out the August WAG for the full story.

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