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Cheers to Eight Years

I can’t believe it has been eight years since the first Vino and Canvas class. I remember that class like it was yesterday. Over twenty of my biggest supporters gathered together in the tasting room of Terroir Wine Pub located at Indian Bend Rd and Scottsdale Rd near Old Town Scottsdale. We painted our version of “The Dream” created by Pablo Picasso in 1932. It was fun to recreate that painting again at our five-year anniversary.

Why did we choose “The Dream” as our first painting… EVER?! No real reason. I was trusting of my team and it was a painting that we could easily put a St. Patrick’s Day twist on as our class was taking place on the holiday. We incorporated a number of green and blue tones, and as always, it was incredible to see how the participants’ art turned out.

Tonight, we will celebrate our eight years of classes with a FREE virtual painting class. Virtual because we are still in a pandemic, but also because it allows us to paint with even more people, from anywhere, than ever before. Tonight, we will paint a masterpiece titled “Over the Rainbow” created by the one and only, Nancy Troupe (Lead Art Instructor and Art Extraordinaire). Nancy has blessed Vino and Canvas with her presence for nearly the entire eight years and I am incredibly grateful for her. She brings so much joy to our classes and achieves our mission with ease – making art fun.

Since our first class we have served more than 37,500 customers! We have held more than 4,000 classes! We have adapted our business model and now offer virtual painting classes to the entire world. The year 2020 brought tremendous doubt. Would Vino and Canva survive? I have to share with you that December 2020 was our most profitable month to date! Many corporations used our services as virtual team builders and holiday parties for their teams across the globe. We adapted. We conquered. We survived and I am so excited to see what the coming years bring as we continue to do so.

A couple weeks ago I was participating in our weekly virtual Wine Down Wednesday painting class and had the joy of chatting with a long-time customer. She shared with me that she had painted with us before I was married, and again when I was pregnant, and again… and again… She had not only seen Vino and Canvas grow, but she saw me grow as well (and I’m not just talking about my pregnancies). I may not always have the opportunity to paint in-person with our customers or to have those conversations, but when I do… my heart is so dang full! It’s a blessing to be able to celebrate life with you; to be a part of the birthdays, the showers, the fun.

“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” – E.Y. Harburg

I’d like to invite you to celebrate with us tonight. Grab your art supplies, pour a glass of wine, and we’ll see you online at 7:00PM MST.


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