Bed-Stuy Wine Bar Boasts a Boozy Art Class

By Paul DeBenedetto on August 1, 2014 10:31am | Updated on August 4, 2014 8:37am

 An artist at a recent "Painting and Sipping" event. The monthly painting event is held at Therapy Wine Bar, where people can drink and channel their inner artist.
An artist at a recent "Painting and Sipping" event. The monthly painting event is held at Therapy Wine Bar, where people can drink and channel their inner artist.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Bed-Stuy wine bar is channeling Basquiat with a buzz for a monthly painting event.

Therapy Wine Bar, at 364 Lewis Ave., offers locals the chance to paint on their own canvas while throwing back a few glasses of wine with a monthly event called "Painting and Sipping," the boozy brainchild of co-owner Anthony Williams.

While looking for ways to expand the bar's brand, Williams said he reached out to an artist friend and developed the idea.

"I find that most people who are into wine like art as well, so it was kind of the perfect marriage," Williams said. "It caught on immediately, so my hunch was correct."

For $45, Williams and a lead artist offer up all the materials, including canvas, acrylic paints and easels. The fee also comes with lessons on how to mix and blend colors, as well as a free glass of wine, beer or whiskey.

The event started in May and features a monthly "theme" that usually revolves around a nearby holiday. June's theme, for example, was Father's Day. A theme for the next event on Saturday will be decided the day of the event.

After that, "Painting and Sipping" returns Sep. 20, to celebrate the bar's fifth anniversary.

Usually the crowd reaches about 15 people, more than enough for a social experience, Williams said. And adding alcohol to the mix made it easier for his guests to be more outgoing and to try new things, he added.

"Wine has a way of easing just about every situation you apply wine to," Williams said. "You get over yourself."

It also helps provide inspiration, he said.

"Believe it or not, everyone has an artist inside them," Williams said. "The wine works its magic and knocks off your apprehensions, and you can really express yourself."

Tickets to the next "Painting and Sipping" can be purchased online, or in person the day of the event.

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