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Celebrate with (a) Class

By Becky Streeter

Every year we wait in the big lines, sweat our tails off in our winter coats, trudge through the blinding snow to get the best deals, and we do it all just to buy more stuff. Don’t we all have enough stuff already? What if this year you give the gift that no one ever has enough of: quality time. One way to do that is to sign up for a class at the Paint Shack in Eau Claire.

Cyndi Kortbein, owner of the Paint Shack, really enjoys seeing people come for a fun night out at her business. “I love interacting with our painters and helping them create something amazing!” she says. “People have commented that painting is like a therapy for them. I have to agree.” They offer so many fun and unique classes from happy hour paint to kid classes to canvas, wood, and wine glass painting. Kortbein even developed an interesting method of painting on a screen.

The calendar month is usually planned out in advance, with a different painting selected for each day. The instructors will help as much or as little as you’d like, and there’s no experience necessary! You get a great time out, and you get to keep your creation at the end of the class. If you don’t care for any of the set paintings, bring your special someone in for an “Open Paint” and pick from almost 600 paintings hanging on the walls at the Shack. The goal for every event is a fun and positive outing together.

Looking to treat your employees or do something fun with your coworkers this holiday season? You can book a private party through the Paint Shack. You need at least ten to twelve painters and you have to book a two-hour time slot. The Paint Shack can host parties at their building, right next to Cherry Berry in Eau Claire, or an instructor would be more than willing to meet you somewhere, too. They have been to Menomonie, Bloomer, Tomah, and Sparta, and many places in between. If you decide to do a class at the Shack, you can also purchase drinks for only $3 if you are 21 or older. The instructors of the Paint Shack would love to see your group get together for a few laughs while you sip some wine and make wonderful memories together.

So think about gifting a painting class to that loved one who already has too much stuff. Or maybe you can add a painting class at the Paint Shack to your own Christmas list. Either way, it’s a great way to unwind and do something fun and creative. Aunt Bessie might forget that pair of tan socks you picked out “just for her,” but she would likely never forget the experience of learning to paint with you.

For more information, check out the Paint Shack’s website at, or Give Cyndi a call at the storefront: 715-379-7377.

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