Painting with a Twist is a Perfect Option For a Night Out

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After the stress of a global pandemic, everyone could use a night out with friends, a loved one, or just a night away from the house, add a glass of wine, beer or soda, music, throw in paint and a canvas, and you have Painting with a Twist. Painting with a Twist, located in Carmel, is America’s original and largest paint n’ sip franchise brand.

“We’re an instructor-led party with paint, canvas or wood board and a beverage,” says Kerry Sawyer, owner of the Carmel location. “We have studio painting classes that are open to the public that includes family classes, blacklight, trivia nights, ladies and date nights, as well as offering private parties, team-building events, virtual classes, take-home kits, and off-site events. Guests, after reserving online, come in, have a glass of wine or soda, paint, and destress while in a lively environment full of positive energy.”

Private parties have been popular after months away from friends and family.

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“Our private parties are a great way to celebrate birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, anniversaries, company parties or team-building events,” Sawyer says. “They get to choose their painting from our art gallery of more than 11,000 paintings. Then our instructor guides them step-by-step through the entire process.”

Sawyer knows from experience that team-building events are a great way to improve company culture and engage with them outside of work. Prior to purchasing Painting with a Twist, Sawyer was one of the studio’s best clients. Sawyer owned 45 haircut locations and would host her Team Appreciation Events at the studio. She not only brought her team to the studio, but her children, family, cheer moms and friends.

“Every Time I was at Painting with a Twist, it was always an amazing experience,” she says. “My guests and I always had a blast painting and socializing. We left happy and with a painting that we created.”

After unforeseen life-changing events, Sawyer sold her haircut locations and wanted to pursue something that makes a difference in people’s lives, something she could make profitable but also make her soul happy. Painting with a Twist was a perfect match for Ms. Sawyer.

She found another surprising benefit of ownership, Painting with a Purpose.

“Once a month, my studio hosts a painting event that raises funds for local nonprofit organizations,” Sawyer says. “It’s a fun and creative way to give back and support the causes I love.”

Painting with a Twist has donated more than $5M to nonprofit organizations across the nation. Sawyer is committed to giving back to the local community, one painting at a time.

“Painting builds self-esteem and is very therapeutic,” Sawyer adds. “Painting with a Twist produces a relaxing, open environment where painters feel safe to explore their own creativity. We truly are helping people.

“Customers come into my studio, and they literally transform in the two hours they’re here. They come in unsure, not thinking they can create the artwork chosen and they leave ecstatic, relaxed and revived. We’re creating a carefree escape for people to reconnect, de-stress, rejuvenate and rekindle spirits, at the same time I’m allowing artists that I employ to pursue their passion.”

They also offer Twist at Home kits.

“With COVID, we wanted to continue to extend that sense of peace to our community by offering them the opportunity to do that from home,” Sawyer says. ‘Our kits allow our customers to paint from the safety of their own home. Whether you choose to have a moment to yourself, plan a date night, or make it into a family-fun event, Twist at Home kits are a great way to shift into that imaginative mode where worries seem to fade. Inside your Twist at Home kit, you’ll have everything you need to create your very own masterpiece including an instructed video.

Painting with a Twist also offers many different outlets for people to escape from the daily grind.

“You can find all of our information online at,” Sawyer says. “It’s time to plan something fun, therapeutic and out of the ordinary. Sip, socialize and create. Come in and give your night a Twist.”

Painting with a Twist is located at 301 E. Carmel Dr., Suite A-500 in Carmel. For more information, give them a call at 317-810-1335 or visit them online at

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