To say that "paint parties" were invented 12 years ago might be an exaggeration, but there's no doubt that's when they took notice and became popular in the modern world. I like to amuse the idea that "paint parties" in some fashion stem back to the Renaissance Period (14th to 17th century). That's when the masses entertained the rediscovery of philosophy, literature, and art, so who's not to say that social gatherings, in the stereotypical sense, didn't involve more than just sipping tea, brandy, and listening to the harpsichord or causing havoc at a local pub. Yes, I can definitely envision a group of people laughing together and simultaneously slinging paint on canvas centuries ago. ...Well, at least dating back to the 16th century when "canvas" became a thing. (continued...)

If you've considered attending a "paint party/paint & sip event" or have already "been there, done that," then more power to you. Such gatherings are a great way to socialize with friends and meet new ones while enjoying your favorite beverages and appetizers. Drinking or being an artist is not required, but simply putting your paintbrush to the canvas and enjoying yourself is. Acrylic paints are the usual choice at paint parties. Plus, other materials used to paint are ceramics, wood panels, wine glasses, and mugs. Here are some options for "paint parties" in the area this month:

  • Marley's Paint & Party in Butte (400 W Park) has several painting events planned this month, so check out their website HERE, or contact Linda Morley at (406) 491-2726.
  • Easter Themed Paint Party (canvas & ceramic) - April 2nd at Hope Lutheran Church (1506 W Pennsylvania Street in Anaconda), 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages. No alcohol will be allowed at this event. For details, call Suzy Combs of Rocky Mountain Paint Studio at (406) 565-0194. Registration is available HERE.
  • Great Outdoors-Themed Paint Party (wood cut-outs) - April 13th at 7 Gables (150 Southern Cross Road, Anaconda), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Suzy Combs can also be reached for this party and another one set for April 29th at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter in Whitehall. Call (406) 565-0194 and Register for the 7 Gables event HERE .
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