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With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in another, Uptown Art makes creating your latest masterpiece
more fun and more social than ever. Newly opened in December near the Bellwether Hotel, the spacious art gallery offers a display of beautifully presented paintings as well as events that help you create your own.

Uptown Art owner Robert Mishkin believes that the world needs a social get-together not an art lesson. “It’s not a class, it’s a social gathering that is focused on painting,” Mishkin said. “Our goal is that they get something out of their own talent. It’s an awakening.”

The events are scheduled out months in advance giving artists an opportunity to see which objects or themes will be painted, along with event times. Uptown Art also rates their events in different difficulty levels, giving the artists a chance to pick painting events to match their skill level. The events price of $39.95 includes a 16 × 20 canvas, painting materials, use of a smock and a complimentary beverage of wine, beer or soft drink. There are also family friendly events offered that are geared more toward children and those under the age of 12 paint for free.

The bay view venue offers a relaxed atmosphere where experienced or beginning artists can use and expand their skills while socializing with friends. The rotating six or so artists instructing the events have all received degrees in fine art from recognizable universities, leaving event attendees in good hands. Their own artwork collections are often on display and for sale.

"The world needs a social get-together not an art lesson."