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Uncork & Create offering new holiday entertainment events

By Judy Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Art enthusiasts who have become familiar with Uncork & Create's original business concept -- getting together with friends, enjoying a glass of bring-your-own-wine and creating an acrylic painting in a couple of hours with instruction and materials provided -- now have new get-together options.

Beginning this month, Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St., will have art for children, wine glass painting, sushi making and essential oil instruction.

In November, ornament painting and seasonal-themed wine glass painting will be held for the holiday season.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the business is now offering $35 painting events.

"We're very aware that people are on a budget and we want to be budget-friendly," said Danielle Snidow.

"We are offering 'Kids Paint!' art classes every Sunday due to the popularity of the kids' art program." Snidow said. Oct. 6 is a princess and pirate theme; the second Sunday is a happy owl class; the third is an octopus; and the fourth event is a Halloween-theme painting party where children may wear their costumes.

A staff artist leads children ages 5 and older step by step through creating their own 11-x14-inch work of art on canvas. All materials are provided.

The kids' classes begin at 2 p.m. and cost $25 per event. The class lasts about an hour and a half. Participants may bring their own snack. Only non-alcoholic beverages are permitted during "Kid's Paint!"

Wine glass painting has proven to be so popular that the business is offering three evenings of the activity in October. On Oct. 23, 26, and 30, art and wine enthusiasts will paint wine glasses. One evening features an autumn theme and two evenings are a Halloween theme. Additional themes will be offered as the holiday season approaches.

A staff instructor guides participants in the creation of a pair of painted wine glasses and instructions are given on how to bake the painted glasses to make them dishwasher-safe. The cost is $35 per event.

From 6 to 7 p.m., Oct. 7, an aromatherapy and essential oils class will be taught by Amy Williams, a Charleston licensed therapist and owner of Amy Williams Wellness. Snidow said that Williams has studied the use of essential oils in aiding with relaxation, wellness and healing. There is no charge to attend "Aromatherapy 101," but seating is limited.

On Oct. 15, a sushi making class is being taught at a cost of $40 per participant.

"We have Chef Joe Reckard coming to Charleston from The Greenhouse in Teays Valley to demonstrate sushi making. It is an art form that can take years to perfect, but with this class you can get close with only a little training and some practice.

"You'll come to the class a novice and leave able to make your own at home. This is an all-you-can-make-and-eat instructional class. Sushi is mostly about preparing the rice. We don't include raw fish in the class, but do use cooked salmon and crab, along with vegetables, and other ingredients. This event is 'bring your own' adult beverages," Snidow said.

The bulk of the class schedule remains creating art on a 16- x 20-inch canvas. The classes are $35 to $45 per participant with all materials provided. A local artist leads participants step by step through the painting process and no experience is necessary. The adult painting events are "bring your own" adult beverages and snacks.

"It's about accessibility of art for everyone. The artists all have different styles, impressionists, realism, landscape, whimsical -- that's my favorite," Snidow said.

Danielle and Larry Snidow started the business in July 2012 and it has quickly expanded from monthly social painting events held at local restaurants to two stand-alone businesses, one in Charleston and another in Barboursville, with additional painting and cooking events taking place at The Greenhouse in Teays Valley.

"We think of our business as creative events, not just about learning to paint. We already have five events booked for Christmas. We have a lot of birthday parties, family events, bachelorette parties and corporate team-building parties, too," said Larry Snidow.

Danielle Snidow said that customers may use the promo code "Uncork Autumn" and receive $5 off a purchase of $45 or more through Oct. 7.

The business will be offering promo codes periodically and customers or prospective customers may sign up for the newsletter through their website, www.uncorkandcreate.com.

The newest Uncork and Create is located at 3421 U.S. Rt. 60 E., Barboursville.

For more information call 304-552-3331, visit www.uncorkandcreate.com, www.uncorkandcreatehuntington, or email uncorkandcreate@yahoo.com.

Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.Hamilton@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.


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