Pinot's Palette

Katie Newgent and Brandon Strathe at a recent Pinot’s Palette couples night

The month of love is here and there are still plenty of safe and socially distanced opportunities to celebrate with your special someone. One option is a paint date night at Pinot’s Palette, which offers several couple’s classes Feb. 12-14. 

“It’s a fun experience to do instead of dinner or a movie,” says Lisa Riley, owner of Pinot’s Palette. “Go to the studio, paint, drink and have fun — that’s exactly what we do.”

If you prefer to stay home, live virtual classes and pre-recorded classes are available, says Kristal Wheeler, Tulsa area operations manager and director of fun. Live virtual classes ($39/painter) are streamed from the Riverwalk studio, and participants can sign up at any of the three Tulsa-area locations and pick-up paint kits ahead of the class. 

To-go paint kits for sale on Pinot’s Palette website ($60) include two canvases, paint, paint brushes, paper towels, a paint palette and the video link to the pre-recorded class.

The in-person paint studio offers a full bar with plenty of drink options. Classes require zero experience, and an artist on stage provides walk-through instructions for two hours.  “The artists on stage are so fun,” Riley says. “They are real local artists, and they make the classes comedic and light-hearted.”

Jak Davis and his wife have attended classes in the past, including the couples class. He says though he often feels inadequate to paint the prepared project, the artists and helpers encourage painters and change their perspectives.

“They are masters at bringing out the playful in each of us,” he says. “By the time we were done, me and my wife had curated a memory that will last a lifetime and we also walked away with a masterpiece that hangs on our wall to this day.” Each person gets a canvas and paints half of a larger image, so couples can put together their art to create one complete picture.

While a night full of drinks and art sounds fun, Riley says she hears guys aren’t always excited ahead of the experience. 

“But by the time they leave they are competitive, they get into it, and then are proud of themselves,” she says, adding that her favorite thing to do is convince someone who doesn’t want to be there that they are having a good time.

In addition to couple’s classes, on Feb. 5 all three locations will host a “Galentine’s Day” girls’ night out.

Pinot’s Palette has three locations in Tulsa, on Cherry Street, at Jenks Riverwalk and in Broken Arrow. To keep everyone safe, class sizes are currently limited, and everything is disinfected between classes. To see a complete list of classes and to sign up, visit pinotspalette.com.

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