Instructor (Shelly) went out of her way to bring us a bag we had left. She drove to the hotel we were. Staying at. Overall, great experience. Good girls night out! July 20, 2013
So much Fun. Relaxing and you walk away with a painting. Staff very friendly. Looking forward to going again July 13, 2013
Awesome experience! June 20, 2013
It was so much fun & Shelly was a blast! Thank you April 10, 2013
I enjoyed Canvas Mixers - it was a lot of fun. March 23, 2013
My painting is still hanging proudly--family did not believe I was the artist! It was a great evening and the host only fixed one small issue I had at my request that made all the difference to me and gave me the confidence to paint on with the assurance that I would leave with a great product. Thanks! March 20, 2013
This was a great, fun experience with wonderful leaders March 20, 2013
Had a great time! March 04, 2013
The class was great. Will definitely be going back Had a great time! February 28,
My sister, mom, and I had a wonderful time. The staff was awesome, the activity was enjoyable, and the company was fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone. February 28, 2013
Great time! I've already been back since using my Groupon! February 28, 2013
Canvas Mixers of Braselton is a fantastic night our with friends! It is a fun time for everyone! February 28, 2013
Fun time February 20, 2013
Had a great time and will be back. February 09, 2013
The ladies that taught the class were really welcoming, friendly, and enthusiastic. They had enough support that if you got behind someone would be able to catch you up and if you made a mistake they would help you correct your painting. With a room full of ladies you can imagine the chatter that can happen, but they were able to gather everyone's attention when needed and kept the class moving to completion. Based on an experience with another similar type place - I would HIGHLY recommend Canvas Mixers! February 28, 2013
Went for my daughters 7th B-day party. The girls really had fun. February 03, 2013
Had a blast! February 03, 2013
Great fun for a girls night out!! February 02, 2013
It is so much fun and a great date time with spouse January 26, 2013
This was an awesome girls night out for a family Christmas get together! I would definitely recommend it! January 21, 2013
We had a lot of fun. Hope to go back again with friends.January 19, 2013
Had a wonderful experience and great time! Will definitely return sometime in the future! Owner was very personable and I would highly recommend a visit to Canvas Mixers. January 19, 2013
A friend recommended them and we had a lot of fun there. January 19, 2013
Very fun with friends or family. Something different to do. Im definitely going back with more friends. January 19, 2013
Great experience - I'll be back! January 19, 2013
We had a blast! Looking forward to going again! December 08, 2012
Lots of fun! Great instructionng
Loved the class, approach & teacher. Without Groupin I would not have even know you even existed! December 08, 2012
The owner is very outgoing and friendly. But most importantly she is super patient and was willing to help (hold my hand / correct my mistakes) if needed. I also took my daughter and her friends for her 9th birthday party, all I can say is FABULOUS!!! To my amazement the 8 & 9 year old's paintings were worthy of hanging in common areas in the house!!!! Looking forward to a date night next time <3 December 08, 2012
advise adults to avoid weekend days, kids parties are loud December 08, 2012
I've been there twice and had a blast both times! I can't wait to go back this month :) December 07, 2012
Had a great time painting! Lots of great paintings to choose from. Thanks so much!! December 07, 2012
The owner is just all around great. We went to a kids class and it had all girls. She made my son feel extra special. She allowed him to do a different painting besides a flower. November 28, 2012
Great place, great fun! November 11, 2012
Great love it can't wait to do it again October 28, 2012
great place, enjoyed painting there very much! October 30, 2012
It was wonderful! My friend and I had a great night out and painted a beautiful picture. The instructor was fabulous and helpful. I have already recommended it to all of my co-workers and friends. Can't wait to go again! Thank you Shelly!
Friendly owners! We had a blast! October 30, 2012
Good time, great date idea, teacher was awesome, got to know others while painting. Would recomend this to everyone!
Angela H., Collingswood, NJ
Have you ever wanted to paint a canvas or create artwork but thought maybe you might fail miserably? Perhaps you're the type who lacks natural inspiration or aren't so good with finding the best color combinations in art. Look no further because Canvas Mixers can bring out the most untalented painter and lead them to a beautiful work of art. For around $30 your visit includes an instructor, paint, brushes and clean-up. Ahhh, relax because painting just became super easy!
C.K., Philadelphia, PA
Basically paint by numbers for adults, this place is great fun! They let you bring your own wine and snacks, and over 3 hours, you get to make your own painting! The teachers are very nice and friendly, and are great at explaining how you paint whatever it is you're working on that day. You can choose the painting from their website schedule so you can go the day they are painting something you think would be fun. The night I went, there were quite a few couples there (Saturday night) as well as groups of girls (girls' night out). Great fun, and I'll definitely be back!!
Pretty picture: New business mixes art and fun
By Chris Bishop Staff writer | Posted: Sunday, December 4, 2011 12:00 am
Karen Lorenz admits she is no Picasso. She says she can barely draw a line.
But that’s not the point in her new business in Collingswood. She wants people to have fun at painting even though they have no talent.
For Lorenz, a Palmyra resident who worked for many years in the transportation industry, it’s been a learning experience.
“I don’t even know how to operate a cash register,” she said during the recent grand opening of Canvas Mixers on Haddon Avenue.“It’s been the greatest experience.”
Canvas Mixers, located in a 1,000-square-foot studio, holds painting parties for anyone interested in having fun, Lorenz explained.
The three-hour sessions are held four times a week. Each session features an acrylic painting that instructors guide students through step by step. When customers finish, they can take home their own creative expression.
Canvas Mixers supplies instructors, canvases, brushes, paints, aprons and music.
Lorenz, 58, credited her daughter and partner in the venture, Shelly Gephart, as the driving force behind the business.
Gephart, 37, who lives in Georgia and has worked in studios such as Canvas Mixers, was a strong advocate of bringing the concept to South Jersey, her mother said.
“One of my favorite students said to me at her first visit (in Georgia), ‘I can’t paint a stick figure,’ “ Gephart said. “I laughed and told her, ‘Fantastic, we are not painting stick figures tonight.’ “
At the end of the class, the student told Gephart how much fun she had painting.
Gephart, who lives in Hoschton, a town of 1,000 souls, will be working at the studio once a month as an instructor, she said.
Lorenz said studios such as Canvas Mixers are popular in the South.
She said she was introduced to the concept by her daughter at a Georgia painting studio about a year ago. “I enjoyed myself so much, I decided to find one in New Jersey, and much to my surprise, no such thing existed,” Lorenz said.
She said she and Gephart looked at a number of possible locations for the business, including in Burlington and Camden counties, before settling on Collingswood.
The town has had a much-heralded business revival since the late 1990s.
Borough officials said Canvas Mixers is a perfect fit for the downtown.
Joan Leonard, a borough councilman who attended the grand opening in mid-November, said Canvas Mixers is a “great addition”to the business community.
“It’s unique,” said Leonard, an occupational therapist first elected 14 years ago. “We support music and the arts in the downtown. They support the quality of life.”
Mayor James Maley, who was unable to attend the grand opening, has said the arts are vital to improving both quality of life and the neighborhoods in the downtown.
Haddon Avenue had even been cited by the American Planning Association as one of 10 Great Streets for 2009. The association singled out the street for the way it blended past with present, the look and feel of small American towns during the 19th and early 20th centuries with smart growth practices in the new century.
Lorenz said borough officials had been extremely cooperative and helpful in getting Canvas Mixers started.
“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been fun work,” Lorenz said.
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It’s an idea whose time has arrived for South Jersey, according to Shelly Gephart, an artist and co-owner with her mother, Karen Lorenz, of Canvas Mixers, Painting Party Studio.
The new business had its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Nov. 17.
The business concept is unique, explains Gephart, as they host groups of 10 or more adults and children (ages 6 and up) in an “upbeat” environment where one can “discover their inner artist.”
“It’s geared toward the novice,” said Gephart, adding that there is always music on while people are painting. The motto, notes Gephart, is “Let Canvas Mixers help you discover your inner Picasso!”
“This is not a class; it is a party atmosphere,” continues Gephart. She believes this creative venue will catch on quickly in the region: “It already has.”
The studio offers a variety of special theme nights such as Girls’ Night Out, birthday parties, Mommy and Me classes and more. The 1,200 square foot studio can accommodate up to 30 people for a given event. “It’s a BYOB,” added Gephart. “People can bring beer, wine or a beverage of their choice.” For children’s parties, this translates to soft drinks and snacks.
Gephart, a native of Palmyra, who now lives near Atlanta, says there are about 15 similar studios within a 40-mile radius of her home. She was an art instructor at one location for about a year. So when her mom, who resides in Palymra, was visiting her, the two began brainstorming about launching a joint venture in South Jersey. Mother and daughter searched for the right location and agreed that Collingswood would be ideal.
Gephart designed and produced a total of 60 original acrylic paintings for the business. “A different painting is taught at each session,” she said. “We have six artists on staff. They are all degreed, are amazingly talented and can run a party.”
The studio supplies acrylic paint, a 16” x 20” canvas and an apron. In just three hours, participants have a work of art that they can take home. The instructors model how to replicate the painting — step-by-step. All that is asked, stresses Gephart, is to “bring enthusiasm and a desire to try something new.”
–Jan L. Apple
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Posted on March 1, 2012
As I get closer and closer to becoming someone’s wife (304.5 days from now to be exact, but it’s not like I’m counting or anything). I have begun to learn the art of “date night”. While this was once something my parents enjoyed together, I usually related it to having a baby-sitter, and getting to eat TV dinners. While I am sure my parents had a lovely and romantic evening, the concept of TV dinners, staying up late, and eating ice-cream out of the container sort of stuck into my adulthood. My idea of a romantic evening still definitely encompasses those particular activities. So for St. Valentine’s Day, I broke the norm and made a special surprise date for Lee and I to go to a painting class. A BYOB painting class to be exact.
Canvas Mixers is a collection of artists who decided that people paint better when they have a little alcohol in their veins. A fact I might add, I completely agree with. Lee and I have artistic ability that extends slightly past painting a wall all the same colour, so I figured a bottle of wine couldn’t make us any worse. We grabbed a bottle of Starlight Blues (Bubbly seemed appropriate) and were on our way. The class is set up almost like a Bob Ross class, although there were no ‘little happy trees’ anywhere. There were about 20 of us, all waiting hopefully for our creative juices to start flowing as we sipped our wine. The painting that we were replicating was a Koi fish, and since it was ‘couple’s night’ each fish started in one corner, and came down to the bottom with its lips stuck out, so when you put you and your partner’s paintings together, they kissed. (Lesson one of date night, a little ‘cheese’ never hurts). I was assured that when we were done, our paintings would look just like everyone else’s, and I will attest to that, although Lee’s fish’s lips look a little like they are going to devour my fish’s head. (Sorry honey, but you know it’s true.)
Through three hours we were guided through very basic, step-by-step strokes using different techniques to create scales, waves, and fins. Everyone started out very tentatively, using small stokes and talking quietly, laughing nervously at each others’ fishes. But as the bottles next to the tables started to empty you could feel everyone’s shoulders relax, and suddenly it was a party. Each timid brush stroke doubled in length and became a confident flourish of colour. The liquid courage had indeed done its job. And to prove my point, here is the photo of the post-painting class.
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The reason I brought this all up, is actually because Bellview is hosting one of these events here at the winery! Lee and I had such a splendid time we thought some of our guests might enjoy this too. So on March 15th (a Thursday), Canvas Mixers will be bringing an artist here to hold a class. This is not a couples class, so feel free to fly solo and make some friends! The subject for the evening is a wine bottle and wine glass, and Ashley and I will be here to feed you some vino in between brush strokes.
I decided this event called for a special sangria, so we will also be featuring a ‘Painter’s Pitcher’ This will be a carafe of our Nana’s wine, chilled of course, with orange slices, but the kicker is the ‘paint’. You will be able to choose from raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, or black currant wines to have floated on the top. Just don’t confuse it with your brush cleaning water!
Tickets are for sale on the Canvas Mixer website, if you are interested.
The party starts at five, so feel free to pop by a little early and do some tasting!
May your artistic ability always be flowing, and your glass always be full,
-Kate (almost) Quarella