Laura and Andy Carter are excited to announce the opening on their unique twist to an art studio/bar that offers a fun, relaxed and creative outlet. They offer no-pressure instructional paintings sessions that are more of an “art party” than “art classes.” With a mix of contemporary to modern project choices, there is sure to be something for everyone’s taste. To kick it up a notch, a bar is on site serving wine and beer.
“Everyone is going to love the opportunity to do something different for a night out. The best part is that you go home with a unique painting that you can proudly display,” Laura said.
The facility will allow up to 45 painters, making it a wonderful location for “girl’s night out”, bachelorette parties, retirement parties, children’s parties or just something fun to experience for couples. It is also a great idea for groups such as boy scouts, girl scouts or schools. Fundraising opportunities are also available.
“You don’t need any painting experience at Raise Your Brush! Most of our paintings are pre-sketched and have simple step-by-step instructions,” Laura said. “People who are more artistically inclined case embellish their painting, change the colors, or even attend the scheduled session, but do a painting of their own.”
Laura and Andy Carter grew up in Kettering and both attended Alter High School. Andy obtained a Business Administration degree from Heidelberg University and is a print buyer at Aimia. Laura has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Dayton and taught art at Smith Middle School in Vandalia for 12 years. Her experience helps ensure a beautiful result to every project. They married in 2010 and their first child was born in June 2012.
After being laid off from her teaching job, Laura’s friend introduced her to a concept that was popular in North Carolina. “She was so excited about the painting she had done and that she was able to drink wine with friends as she created it,” Laura explained. Her and Andy researched the concept and realized it would be a great idea for the Centerville area.
“We just opened and people are asking when we are opening another location,” Laura said.
Their goal is to be able to offer open studio sessions. “It would be wonderful to see people coming up with their own amazing creations, and it would give those who love to paint a space to get creative,” Laura said. Raise Your Brush would also like to get involved in fundraising so they can give back to a great community.
Reservations are required. Check out the calendar for the daily paintings. Reservations can be made by phone or online.
Raise Your Brush is located at 169 N. Main Street, 3 blocks from Grater’s Ice Cream and City Barbeque and across the street from Benham’s Grove. Visit their website at http://www.raiseyourbrush.com or on Facebook. For more information, call (937) 470-5487.