Business partners Lisa Allen and Karen Salituro are bringing a new “paint and sip” art movement to Wauwatosa.
Their studio, Arté, will offer full-fledged painting classes starting Wednesday, with the help of wine and spirits.
Both Allen and Salituro heard of the “paint and sip” concept from friends in the South. The two realized the movement would be perfect for the Tosa community and the surrounding area.
“We really, really wanted to be in the Village, and we think it’s a great fit for residents,” said Allen. “Karen and I thought it would be great to bring it to Wauwatosa.”
The two looked for art studio locations in Shorewood, the Third Ward and other places throughout Milwaukee but felt connected to the Village as a home for their business.
Allen and Salituro currently own other local shops in the Village. Allen is owner of Authentic Journeys, and Salituro owns the recycled goods store Go Green, which is part the new Arté studio at 7511 Harwood Ave.
Arté offers two- or three-hour painting sessions taught by accomplished artists. All the materials, smocks, brushes, paints and more, are included.
Public classes are held Wednesday through Saturday and private classes or corporate events can be scheduled for any time throughout the week. The studio can accommodate up to 45 guests.
All types of painting genres will be offered. Themed classes include renditions of famous works, such as Van Gogh's "Starry Night."
“It’s very loose and casual, not formal,” Allen said. “The session is more of a party atmosphere than a class atmosphere.”
Wine and spirits available at the studio help overcome artistic inhibitions.
“The concept is to first have fun and then to learn to paint in the process,” Allen said. Art or painting experience is not a must, she said.
Arté inspires to offer a unique alternative for entertainment and allow people to learn about art through instruction and a good time.
Allen said people start painting and are impressed when they walk away with a piece of art they didn’t think they could create.
“I think a lot of people have a creative streak they are afraid to tap into,” Allen said. “This is such a non-threatening way to learn how to paint. It’s just a feel good thing all around.”