A lesser known trio is that of art, wine and passionate instruction. There’s literal and figurative alchemy occurring when friends and couples enjoy expressing themselves via paint, inhibitions weakened from a glass of wine and guided by a fun and enthusiastic teacher. The secret’s long been out: art + alcohol = a whole lot of fun. Here are the best spots for paint and wine in Montana.
Blossoming to 31 locations from its humble southern roots, Twist combines the founders’ love of art with that of supporting and giving-back to the community (be it affordable housing or animal shelters). The goal here is to unplug from the tech-heavy hustle and bustle and relax in a casual, creative atmosphere. Here, with one’s favorite libation in tow, a private party is an ideal night for friends and couples, made all the more enjoyable knowing one’s proceeds will help benefit various charities throughout Missoula.
Bozeman is a very hip, eclectic town. It’s a modern western mecca that combines the rugged frontiersman’s necessity of alcohol with that of his subconscious desire to express himself. The Buddha has the requisite combination of color and cold drinks, but it also flaunts the option to reserve private parties, or join a group of eight to embark on a creative journey led by an instructor. If one wants to reap the “Sip and Paint” craze, Bozeman is a great space in which to do so.
This shop is a small, no-nonsense place to simply express one’s creativity. Founded simply as an artistic outlet, word spread and interest grew, attracting locals and tourists as venue welcoming to both artistic motivations: Tipsy is a place to simply mess around with paint, or to express a serious artistic viewpoint. Its allows one to simply paint, or to take advantage of one-on-one instruction. So whether one is casual or career, expert or entry-level, Tipsy has the brush.
A product of the northwest, Brush Crazy started with couple Dawn and Doug Marsh as a creative outlet and casual gathering space. Here the vibe is certainly jovial and approachable: There’s no pretentiousness or intimidation (as is sometimes the case in art-centric endeavors). Welcoming atmosphere aside, the shop is attractive in its variety of mediums. They’ve a wide selection of paintings from which to refer, and several forms of ceramics to upon which to express oneself.
For some, the words “paint” and “party” are life’s two most important pillars. Perhaps they’re right. Paint n Party has all the bells and whistles, with a demonstrably younger, hipper crowd participating. Here, private parties and professional instruction are available, but an interesting fold is the ability to walk-in. If the muse unexpectedly appears, and one hasn’t time to go to the bar and the studio, Paint n Party is the two-birds-with-one-stone.
Marley’s has all it needs: a fun, very down-to-earth space in which to bring some booze and try one’s hand at the visual arts with professional instruction. Supplies are provided, and in-house teachers help guide the process. Private parties are available, as well as walk-ins, with those with the least experience encouraged to participate.