Painting was always a hobby for Van Gogh and Vino owner Teresa Sexton, but she never thought that she would get paid for teaching it until now.
Sexton attended a painting class that was part painting class and part wine tasting and thought that it would be something residents of Carson Valley would be interested in.
“I took a (Van Gogh and Vino) class and really enjoyed it,” she said. “I thought it would be a good fit for our neck of the woods.”
Van Gogh and Vino is a “new trend that’s really swept the country,” she said.
The mix of learning to paint a simple scene or image with a glass of wine next to the easel is catching on—like a contemporary, live version of Bob Ross.
Class instructors provide the paint, canvas and other supplies and students can either order drinks and food from the Flight Restaurant next door or BYOB.
“Some people bring their own bottle of wine, but it’s mainly about the art,” she said. “You get relaxation from both. You enter another mindset and get so into the painting.”
Van Gogh and Vino in Minden is a two-month old business that has seen 300 new painters come through its doors, Sexton said.
“This is not paint by numbers,” she said. “You come out with a painting that you created.”
Instructors walk students through a painting and show them the techniques used to do it so that they can duplicate the scene, but add their own nuances, she said.
“A good portion of customers have never painted before,” she said. “I like getting people in class who have never put a brush on canvas.”
Classes and times can be found at vangogh-vino.com. Prices start at $35 per student. Sexton said that she also provides private parties in people’s homes. Group and corporate classes are available for “team building,” and couples can sign up for date night on her website for $65 per couple. For more information, call 775-691-5406.