Sunday April 20th 2014

Drink and paint (no skill required) coming soon to Commercial Street

By: Heather Steeves

Over here at MaineToday, we don’t pay much attention to what City Council does, but this caught our attention: Council approved a beer/wine license for Muse Paintbar. Sounds fun. Here’s the scoop:

You go online and pick a painting you like from a calendar of choices. Then you and your friends pay $35 a pop and head to the studio where a teacher will give you all your art supplies and lead you brushstroke by brushstroke through a painting — while you sip on an adult beverage of your choice. Best part: No artistic skill required. This is great for those of us who awkwardly danced through our college gen ed art credits because painting … looks hard.

Muse will have food, beer and wine. I talked to the company’s president, Stan Finch, who said the Muse Paintbars in New Hampshire and Connecticut mostly attract people who haven’t painted since kindergarten.

Finch expects to open Muse at 245 Commercial St. in April after making some renovations to restore the old warehouse. The paint nights are geared to adults, but Finch said they will likely have weekend classes for the kiddos.

For more information, visit Muse online.

And in the meantime, you can always paint and drink with Paint Nite Portland, which brings art and alcohol together at various locations in Portland, South Portland, and Old Orchard Beach: paintnite.com