Snidow oversees utility assistance programs in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee for Dollar Energy Fund. The nonprofit provides low-income people assistance with utilities. She's also earned a masters degree in business administration.
"I have a lot of business experience," she said. "That really went well with starting up a project. That's really what my expertise is -- starting up projects."
When it started, Snidow said, it was mostly women attending Uncork & Create events.
"That's spread to include men, which I'm really happy they're participating now too," she said. "And now with our kids and families, we're reaching out to children as well, so pretty much everyone now."
Snidow says Charleston is a perfect match for the business.
"Charleston has always loved arts and culture and something to do other than just eating out or going to the movies," she said. "I just think this was a great combination. And everyone knows everyone in Charleston, so the word spread very quickly."
Bode and Snidow say participants are often surprised at how well their paintings turn out.
"I think that's the thing about art," Bode said. "It's so intimidating if you only see the finished product and you don't see it before."
During a recent class, a group of information technology professionals were nervous about painting, Snidow said.
"They don't normally use those types of skills in their everyday job," Snidow said. "But they turned out wonderfully.
"You definitely don't have to feel like you have creativity, but I believe everyone has creativity," Snidow said. "They just maybe haven't tapped it yet."
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.