Looking for a new spin on the art gallery experience? Brandt-Roberts Galleries in the Short North has got just what you need! Cocktails and Canvases is a fun activity to do with a group that both inspires your creativity and conviviality. First off, the space is comfortable - not cold and crisp like a lot of galleries - but warm and welcoming. Brandt-Roberts specializes in paintings from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on contemporary painters and early 20th century impressionists and mid-century modernists.
When you arrive for the Cocktails and Canvases experience, you're welcomed with a glass of wine or signature cocktail - that will get your creative thinking started! Painters are put into groups of four, and you find four canvases laid out so that your group will all be working on the same larger painting. Don't worry - each artist will have a piece to take home at the end. It's best to work together so your four canvases have a common color theme, and abstract style is definitely the way to go.
A short while ago, I participated in a Cocktails and Canvases session. I'm not much of an artist, and my painting ended up being a little embarrassing - the hardest part of art is knowing when to stop. Though my work of art probably won't be hanging in any gallery anytime soon, I had a great time and learned a lot about painting technique. It was freeing to be given a blank canvas and set free to create something. And working with partners helps take away from that initial fear of a blank canvas.
This experience would be great of a family reunion, a bridal shower, or a fun night with a group of friends. (if you have non-drinkers among your group, they can accommodate with non-alcoholic beverages.) With so much artistic inspiration in the Short North, it's nice to have an outlet to create art, right in the neighborhood!
You can read more about Cocktails and Canvases here .