Since the Pinot’s Palette grand opening in the SoDo district on February 28, almost every class has sold out. It’s not hard to see why. Pinot’s Palette provides easy step-by-step instructions for painting along with local wines and beers. Owner Jackie Casey said, “There is a lot to do in Spokane, but this is something a little different. People embrace art and wine, and we are a combo of the two, so it’s perfect.”
The focus at Pinot’s Palette is less on education than fun. At each class, an instructor creates a specific painting while giving directions and tips to the class. Another instructor or two walks around to provide individual help. “It’s made for people who have never picked up a paintbrush,” said Jackie. “All of our paintings are for beginners. We encourage creativity, so sometimes we will be painting a purple peacock, and someone will change it to a green peacock. Sometimes someone will paint something completely different.”
There are Pinot’s Palette locations elsewhere in the country, but this is the very first one in the Northwest. Jackie was introduced to the idea when she was living in Oklahoma and working as a wine rep. She went with some friends and was apprehensive as she was not artistic, but she had so much fun that she decided to look into opening one of her own. Spokane seemed like the perfect place. Feedback from class participants has been extremely positive, with people showing up guarded and nervous but opening up and having a great time by the end of the class. The instructors are all local artists who excel at encouraging people and making them feel comfortable and confident.
Weeknight classes are two hours long and cost $35, while weekend classes are three hours long and cost $45. All materials are included: acrylic paints in every color you can imagine, paintbrushes, apron, easel, and a 16 x 20 inch cotton canvas, which you can either pin to your wall as is or have framed for an additional $35. While painting, you can purchase local wine and beer or nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy. A bottle of wine to share with friends is offered at a discount.
Pinot’s Palette offers all kinds of private parties, from team building meetings for businesses to bachelorette parties. There is no extra charge for renting the place out for your event, just a minimum of 15 people, and you choose the music, painting, and time and date.
To sign up for a class, you can register online or call 509-290-5098. Pinot’s Palette is located at 32 W 2nd Ave Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201.