Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Art Studio in Edmond Combines Painting, Parties

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Art Studio in Edmond Combines Painting, Parties

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When Paint Your Art Out opened in Edmond early this year, Renee Deakle expected most of the business for the casual art studio to consist mainly of groups.

But the studio at 100 N. Broadway in Edmond attracted more individuals than she expected - including couples coming for date night, she said.

"We have had more individuals than I thought and more couples than I expected," said the co-owner of Paint Your Art Out with Kelly Garner.

Customers at the studio create their own works of art.

"It is not an art lesson," Deakle said. "It is just painting for fun, but when you leave you have a piece of art you created."

Deakle and Garner combined their talents to open the studio.

"Kelly has always been an artist and I have always liked to have people over and entertaining," Deakle said. "I painted years ago and I painted with my mom. Kelly is the more artistic of the two of us, but now I paint every day."

Deakle's husband, Ben, helps out at the studio. While he was a student at the University of West Alabama, Ben took art classes and accepted commissions while studying business law and marketing. Renee and Ben moved to Edmond from Alabama three years ago for a job change.

For groups, Paint Your Art Out works with three local artists. Groups register online for an art session and select a piece of work from one of the three artists. The artist will be at the session to work with members of the group.

"The private party selects what art they will be painting so we can have the artist on hand for their session," Renee Deakle said.

Paint Your Art Out provides a canvas with a sketch of the selected work of art for the group and the paint. Each member of the group works with the artist and other studio helpers to create their own acrylic painting of the selected work of art using their personal style. Customers take the art they created home at the end of the session.

"Everything you need for the painting is provided," Renee Deakle said.

The provided supplies include aprons but people are told to wear something comfortable that they do not mind getting a little paint on.

There is a 10-person minimum for a private party to have the studio to themselves.

"We can have up to 24 artists comfortably but can have up to 30 artists," Renee Deakle said. …

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