Success story: Vine Gogh Artist Bar and Studio in Westmoreland
When Jenny and Paul Schildan founded "Vine Gogh Artist Bar and Studio" on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood back in 2011, it was Portland's first "Sip and Paint" studio.
With over sixty years of art experience between them, the two had decided to share what they knew and loved about art. They felt that everyone could be an artist with a little guidance, enjoying the relaxing and therapeutic nature of art, while enjoying the satisfaction of completing a final product.
Later on, finding their business model to be a success, they relocated to 6802 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, between Bybee Boulevard and the Moreland Theater.
These days, Vine Gogh not only has easels and paint, but has expanded its on-site bar to serve a variety of wines, beer, cider, coffee, and sodas, as well as a few snacks for kids and adults. And Jenny and Paul have found this concept works.
Kids' classes are held every Saturday at 11 a.m., and have included acrylic painting, creating terrariums, and sculpturing with polymer clay. "We allow kids on-site until 9 p.m.," explains hostess/instructor Analese Nechvatal. "We often set up holiday-themed painting classes for them, working on canvas or wooden boards. We don't do oil paints, but do offer aprons, easels, and art supplies for students."
Some eight instructors are employed by Vine Gogh, which also has offered classes in decoupage, and gold leaf. "We've done watercolor painting in the past, and hope to offer classes in that medium again in the future," remarks Nechvatal. During a recent class attended by THE BEE, instructor Tanya Nelsen led eight women, coming in from various Portland suburbs, in painting an acrylic scene.
Students recommend the studio as a fun activity for people with all skill levels to engage in with family and friends. Simple instructions break down the process into easy steps. Vine Gogh is also willing to host business and birthday parties for groups of interested clients. "Vine Gogh" is open usually Wednesdays through Sundays – and they also hold painting sessions out of the area at least once a month, at places like Skamania Lodge, or "Love Bites by Carnie" in Sherwood. For dates, times, and classes, go online – http://www.vinegogh.com – or call 971/266-8983.