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Be a part of the DIY Arts, Crafts & Cocktails Craze at Sensory

Cocktails and Color. Brushes and Brews. Bonsai for Beginners. Beaded Basics. Paint with a Twist. Sip and Paint. Paint Nite. Art on Tap. Crafts and Drafts. Corks and Canvas. Tipsy Crafts. Call it what you want but there is no denying the instructional arts and drinking trend sweeping the country, NY and PA.

Combining the amateur’s desire to be an artist or craftsman paired with adult beverages is the craze. All are invited to engage in an art class taught by an expert while having an opportunity to socialize. 

Think of it as an adult art party. You can make it what you want – take it seriously, make it just for fun or land somewhere in between.0303

The New York Times has written several articles recently on the rage. The trend reportedly started on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain, near New Orleans, when two businesswomen decided to raise funds for residents after Katrina hit, offering lively instructional painting classes for friends, with wine, at their own studio. Forbes is calling the “sip and paint” industry an explosion and a place where entrepreneurs can enter the market for a $100,000 investment. (We would prefer you come to Sensory – or across the road to Quincy Cellars).

Women (and often guys too) are looking for a venue to try out something new, re-live pre-school arts and crafts day, be creative without judgment while letting loose and spending time with friends. And since most of us don’t dare go it alone when it comes to arts and crafts – and feel less inhibited with a drink or two, these classes have become uber popular. It is also gives participants a reason to give back as oftentimes proceeds from the class go to charity.

We like to call it arts and crafts with a chill – a time for you and your mates to meet up at our gallery and tasting space to relax and create your own art – whether it be painting oils, watercolors or zentangle; gardening, jewelry making, digital photography including processing photos and graphic arts – Sensory has it all, with a twist. Sip on one of our cult wines or savor a 7 Sins craft brew and become an artist for a day.

Typically, the only item a participant is asked to bring to the event is a pocketbook – the workshops run around $30 a person with minimal cost for the drinks you consume. The expert sensei brings all the supplies you need and you get to take home your personal masterpiece.

Join the trend! Sensory has the following events on tap.

Cocktails & Color with local artist instructor Kate will be held April 16 from 2 – 4. Ms. Tarkowski will walk you through the the step-by-step process of replicating a wine themed painting entitled “Reflections.”  

On May 1, from 2 – 4 learn about The Art of Bonsai. The class taught by Trenton Lutes will instruct students on how to turn a standard nursery stock plant into a personal bonsai.

Brushes and Brews comes to Sensory on May 7. Alberta Parker walks class participants thorough recreating her colorful painting entitled “Colorful Equine.”

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