What is a paint and sip? The short answer is it’s hot, its trendy and it’s a lot of fun! How did it get started?
My research shows that organized paint parties started back as early as 2007 with Corks n Canvas in Louisiana and today the paint and sip industry has over 1000 companies nationwide. (Keegan, 2015)
Personally, I think paint and sips started with artists like Toulouse LaTrec, Jackson Pollock or Diego Rivera who painted while they sipped fine wine, and listened to great music and entertainment. As artists and entrepreneurs, we “event artists” bring a little taste of creativity to people who don’t normally allow themselves the time to experience it. And you know what? It’s addictive, and that’s a good thing. The world needs more art.
The reasons vary as to why people return. If I may reference very informal, non-scientific research conducted by Studio 928, these actual comments from post-event surveys give a bit of insight. People gave the following reasons for returning a 2nd or 3rd time:
I think another reason a paint and sip is such a popular form of recreation is that people get to express themselves creatively. Often our jobs, home environments or circumstances don’t allow for that. And we as humans have an innate desire to be able to express ourselves that way.
Keegan, P. (2015, January 15). How Paint Nite Started a Party-Planning Revolution. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/magazine/201502/paul-keegan/art-stars.html
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