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Pinot's Palette becomes Howard County's latest paint-and-sip establishment

Always wanted to paint a masterpiece but don’t think you have the skills?
Businesses that hope to bring out your inner artist while you jam to the latest tunes, sip on a glass of wine and socialize with friends and family are quickly sweeping the area.
Jim and Lisa Noss of Glenwood recently joined in on the craze, using their entrepreneurial drive to open their own location of Pinot’s Palette, a drink-and-paint franchise, at the new Turf Valley Towne Square shopping center in Ellicott City.
“Our guests are encouraged to get up, mingle, dance, sing and check out the other guests’ paintings or visit the wine bar,” Lisa Noss says. “One of our talented artists will guide you, step by step, through the evening’s featured painting. Our guests are free to paint their own interpretation, or they can follow along with the artist.”
The Pinot’s Palette painting sessions average around $35 per painter with the option for $25 children’s sessions as well as pricing for private parties.
“At the end of the night, you sign your masterpiece, purchase a beautiful frame and take your masterpiece home with you,” Noss says.
In Howard County, the painting party scene is coming on strong.
A short trip down the road on Baltimore National Pike stands The Pottery Stop and Coffee Shop, offering drop-in “paint your own pottery” as well as painting parties for adults and an option for BYOB in the evenings.
Paint Nite, which travels around to area restaurants including The Greene Turtle and Champps in Columbia, brings in artists for an evening that turns the classic art of painting into a night on the town.
“I have no experience with painting and no artistic talent,” says Melanie Fadrowski of Marriottsville, who attended the Paint Nite event at Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. for a family birthday party. “I enjoyed the experience, and the talented artist who instructed us made it easy. I would do it again.”
Some of those who go to the events say the convenience of socializing close to home is what draws them to the party.
“I have zero art talent and had never painted anything,” says Julie Spencer of Baltimore, who has attended several of the events in the area. “I was nervous, but they turned out really cool. The way they instruct is really easy to follow, and it allows just enough creativity to make the painting your own. I would go back in a second.”  
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