A new business in Frandor will allow Lansing area art enthusiasts to try their hands at painting while enjoying time out with friends. Owner Diane Wey says all it took was one visit to Painting with a Twist
in Ferndale to decide she wanted to bring the concept to Lansing.
“We went in February to paint for my sister’s birthday,” says Wey. “The bug bit me. I contacted them the next day and said, ‘I want to do this.’”
Painting with a Twist hosts classes and parties for people of all ages to enjoy painting in a group with an artist instructing.
“Everybody paints the same painting,” says Wey. “You’re busy for the whole class, but there’s time to chat and sip wine here and there. It’s not serious art; it’s fun art. It’s a wonderful evening out with girlfriends or sororities or baby showers. The greater Lansing area is so ready for this.”
Painting with a Twist will open in a 4,344 square foot location in Frandor at the end of October. Wey says the location is perfect because of its central location and proximity to the expressway.
“I worked with Amy at CBRE
, who just absolutely became a friend,” Wey says. “We had a lot of fun, and she was very enthusiastic about the concept.”
Wey is now seeking artists to work as part-time instructors. She plans to hire up to five instructors. The Painting with a Twist business model also includes community outreach. Wey looks forward to finding ways to benefit the Lansing community through her new business.