A new business opening Dec. 7 near Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor is blending entertainment with art lessons.
Uptown Art Studio, which is preparing to open at 23 Bellwether Way, Suite 101, in Bellingham, will offer a setting for customers to take painting lessons while enjoying complimentary beverages. The studio is part of a nationwide franchise.
Robert Mishkin, who owns the Bellingham business, said patrons of Uptown Art will be guided step-by-step through the painting process in evening sessions led by local artists. The sessions will typically be held between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., Mishkin said.
Each session features a painting that guests will actually paint themselves. Session instructors will provide tips and guidance specific to the challenges and styles found in the evening’s featured painting. More complex paintings will be used for advance sessions while beginner and less advanced sessions will utilize less complex paintings.
As a licensee of Uptown Art, the studio has access to an art library with more than 2,000 paintings, including ones from all skill levels and interests.
Mishkin decided to open the studio upon returning to Bellingham after spending several years in Franklin, Tenn.
“Bellingham and its people have made me feel more at home than any other town I’ve lived,” he said, in a news release. “While living in Tennessee I saw first-hand the effect these studios have. I knew when I returned to Bellingham, I would take this idea with me.”
More information is online at www.uptownart.com/bellingham.