The Painting Factory in Wellington provides folks with a fun social experience as they make works of art.
“I’ve been here since February of 2017, so coming up on four years,” said Melissa Burns, owner of the business at 149. W Herrick Ave. in Wellington. “The business started with just canvas painting; it’s social painting, it’s how it started.
“I would post a calendar on social media. I would put a monthly calendar out with the different paintings we would be doing that day.”
Burns said the social component really is the driving force for the business.
“Some people would come because they wanted to do a particular painting,” she said. “Some just want to have a fun night out with friends.
“So, sometimes it’s painting driven, and other times it, just happens to be a good night out. People sign up and they see the painting that they want. I also do a lot of private parties.”
Burns said the art aspect is not too complicated.
“I have it sketched on canvases, and I take them through it step-by-step,” she said. “It’s pre-sketched because some people say they really can’t draw.
“The hard part is already done for them so they don’t have to feel nervous. I have a finished one next to me and we build up to that. At their seat, they have all the colors of paint and brushes they are going to need.”
Burns said no one has to be an expert artist to participate.
“Most people come in and say they have never even picked up a paint brush, and they’re scared to attempt it,” she said. “But, they come in and see how easy it is for them to follow along.
“It’s just a paint night out with some friends.”
Burns said the business is adding a kiln for ceramics.
“It will allow us to glaze and fire,” she said. “Right now, when we paint ceramics we are just using acrylic, but we will switch to the glaze and fire.
“I assume it will be run weekly, and I’ll have folks coming back to pick up the ceramics. It depends on how often the kiln runs, how full it gets.”
Burns said the ceramics have just added more variety for patrons.
“The ceramics were just another aspect of the business,” she said. “Some people are intimidated by the canvas and some may have enough canvases and want something new.
“We also have wood signs and stencils. We also have open studio days when you can come and do what you want. I also have kids programs and summer camps.”
Burns said Wellington has been a great place for business.
“It was great before 2020,” she said. “There was steady business.
“I live here in Wellington and thought it was a great place for the business. I was not open much for 2020. The business is based on large groups.
“The idea of coming here is to socialize. We didn’t have much, but we still got some support. We are going to try and get back to a normal schedule here in 2021.”
For more information on the next event for The Painting Factory or to schedule a group, call 440-371-4533, visit https://thepaintingfactory.square.site/ or look them up on Facebook.