Writer / Beth Breeden
Photographer / Kara Reibel
Painting With A Twist is filled with happy, bold colors, and the ambiance lends itself to creativity.
“We like to think of ‘The Twist’ as being the fun factor,” says Lauren Herrmann, owner of the new studio in Fishers.
Continuing the family tradition, Hermann paints with her 6-year-old daughter. Herrmann believes painting builds connections among families and friends alike which is truly what inspired her to open Painting With A Twist.
The fun starts at the door as guests are greeted by bold portraits, one of which is Herrmann’s dog, Owen Wilson, a Catahoula Cur. Herrmann laughs, “The name originated with the rescue family. It’s so funny that we had to keep it!”
Inspired by the dog, Painting With A Twist offers pet portrait classes. This challenging class is made easy with a canvas pre-sketched from a digital image of a pet by a talented staff artist who then walks you through painting the sketch step by step.
The variety of class options offered by Painting With A Twist include a monthly event called ‘Painting With A Purpose.’ Fifty percent of the profits go to a local charity or cause.
Business team-building events, date night, girl’s night out and kids parties are guaranteed to have a fun experience. Come into the studio and see Owen Wilson firsthand, meet a professional artist, witness the brightly colored walls covered in beautiful artwork and the festive stage and create your own unique artistic expression on canvas under the thoughtful guidance of a professional artist.
“All of our artists are working artists, producing their own works and preparing for exhibitions, and some are teaching at the college level,” shares Herrmann. “They’re also working here because this is a social and fun outlet for them where they are supported. Their business cards are here, their artwork hangs on the walls and I support them 100%!”
The kids classes are among the most popular with families. “You’re not just buying a painting; you’re buying a developmental experience,” says Herrmann. “Kids get a boost of self-esteem from this!”
“Something just happens. Suddenly this lightness and silliness comes out. The guys, kids, ladies, business groups, everybody laughs here. It’s just really fun to watch and experience,” explains Herrmann.
Painting with a Twist of Fishers is located at 11680 Commercial Dr. and is open from 12-10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. They can be reached at 317-567-0160. For more information, please visit paintingwithatwist.com/fishers.
“I have absolutely no artistic skill but yet absolutely love going to Painting with a Twist!” says Jenny Shopp. “They create such a comfortable and fun atmosphere to bring out your inner artist! The wine might help too! I love having something different to do with family and friends!”