Art Bistro – The Cure for the Starving Artist

Art Bistro – The Cure for the Starving Artist

Indulge your creative spirit and your hunger at the Art Bistro! This social art studio, restaurant, and wine bar is “the cure for the starving artist”… welcoming anyone who wants to have a little fun, and perhaps enjoy a bite to eat and drink, while creating their artistic masterpiece.

I wanted to merge my background, which consisted of 10 years of traditional art teaching in the schools and 5 years operating my mobile “paint and sip” business, Creative Juices Events, in the Sacramento region, by creating an art studio that would get the creative juices flowing for both adults and kids. The paint and sip concept has been geared toward the over 21 crowd for a fun date night or ladies’ night out, but it is leaving out all of those tweens and teens that would thoroughly enjoy this. I love being able to provide a relaxing, yet fun experience that has people discovering something new about themselves, bonding with the people they came with, and sending them home with something they are both proud of, and amazed they were able to create. I was a child that thought I had no artistic ability, so to have discovered my love of art in college and see that it is all about continuing to develop skill for something you enjoy, has been a message I try to share with those who come to a class feeling a bit of trepidation. It is such a pleasure to support people in techniques so that they can find their own artistic expression and know that no one will create the way they will. That’s a gift!

This has been a journey that has shown me that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to! The art studio was a natural fit with my background, but going into the restaurant business was unforeseen. I learned that I had to operate as a full restaurant to allow anyone under 21 to enjoy the space if wine and beer were sold, or even allowed to be consumed in my studio. It was scary, but I decided to take the leap and the Art Bistro was born! It just didn’t feel right to offer another 21 and over only kind of studio after all of my years working with kids, and the Roseville area is such a family oriented community that it made sense to create a new concept that would appeal to adults and kids, while bringing families together. The art studio is the main focus, but I’m thrilled that the food and wine/beer selection is getting a lot of attention. The fun atmosphere makes the bistro a great place to grab lunch or hang out for happy hour…even if you do not feel like creating a work of art. On the menu, you will find stone-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, cheese plates and a kid’s menu. We also have a nice selection of indulgent desserts to tempt you!

But the creativity does not stop there. In addition to the guided painting classes (and occasional other class offerings), the Art Bistro offers an “Open Studio” that can be enjoyed anytime we are open on a drop-in basis. Kids ages 5+ are welcome with an adult, and teens may come on their own. It’s great seeing families create together, as well as offering a fun date idea, or getting friends together.  Everyone can choose a different project which makes it really unique. Choose from painting on canvas or glassware, glazing ceramic pieces, creating a mosaic, clay sculpting, 3-D drawing, collage, and wood burning, to name a few. You will be supported by friendly staff in getting started with whatever type of project you choose and then the creativity is up to you! A $10 daily studio fee covers most things, (including the clean up), and then you purchase whatever form (canvas, ceramic piece, mosaic form, glassware) on which you would like to create. We would like to continue expanding our open studio offerings and are looking at candle making and glass fusing to add this year. We would love to entertain any ideas and requests you may have as well!

The Art Bistro not only caters to the individual or family, but also works with area businesses for team building events, group fundraisers, and social groups to offer what promises to be a popular outing. Giving back to the community is an important part of our business model as well. The paintings created by instructors during the classes are donated with a gift certificate to fundraising auctions and are also offered for sale at $25, which is then donated to a local nonprofit organization.

For families, it is all about the kids. In addition to the scheduled classes and open art studio, the Art Bistro offers birthday parties, as well as a summer camp featuring painting, clay, and mixed media days. $10 painting specials weekdays from 3-6pm make the Art Bistro an affordable after school activity. After celebrating one year in March 2017, the Art Bistro is quickly becoming a favorite place to enjoy in the Roseville area. We are excited to be offering something that truly brings value to our community. Come see us and engage your inner artist!

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