Wine and paint inspire artistic creation

Claire Meil, owner of The Palette, arranges examples of paintings that can be made during painting classes at the new business.

Think you can’t create a work of art? Claire Meil, owner of The Palette, begs to differ.

Her new business promises to make an artist out of anyone. And, you’ll have fun doing it.

The Palette, 205 Colorado Ave., is a place which offers classes in acrylic creation aimed at those who consider themselves unartistic.

“You don’t have to have a lot of art experience,” Meil said while explaining that she and fellow instructor Julia Ennis, teach a method of painting that is easy for anyone to follow. The paintings begin with a background, a foreground, then detailing.

There are a variety of paintings to choose from including canvases that resemble Monet or Van Gogh.

“We really pull from everywhere, all kinds of arts styles,” Meil said.

Each class takes approximately 2 ½ hours, after which the 16 X 20 canvas is dry and ready to go home.

The Palette also serves beer or local wine, making the overall experience perfect for a unique date night or girls’ night out.

Meil, 22, is a senior at Colorado Mesa University who is majoring in graphic design. She enjoyed a night out at Canvas and Cocktails, a similar paint-your-own canvas business located in Denver. It was such a fun experience, Meil thought she’d like to start a similar business on the Western Slope.

“We’re such an art-driven community,” Meil said, “People support it and I thought this was a way for them to be creative themselves.”

As a young entrepreneur, Meil said the Grand Junction City Clerk’s office and other city agencies had been very helpful in getting her business off the ground. “They’ve been so helpful and I really appreciate it,” she said.

The Palette will host an open house at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

The first painting class will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The painting will be the Sunflower.

Until graduation, Meil will offer 5 classes per week but plans on increasing that number in late spring.

Class cost ranges from $25 to $40 and includes one complimentary drink. Additional libations will cost between $2 and $4. 

A complete list of classes is available at To register, call 640-8569 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



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