Music was playing, paints were set out, the aprons were hanging, and Vicki Zahand and her husband were ready. Pinot’s Palette-Kingwood officially opened its doors a little over a year ago, where friends and family were encouraged to join in on some painting, drinks and fun.
Pinot’s Palette is a place where anyone over the age of 18, and ages 13-17 when accompanied by an adult, can come and follow along with a local artist to re-create a piece of art. Those 21 and older may enjoy adult beverages. Each local artist is trained to replicate a known artist and their painting, so what you see as the painting that is going to be demonstrated is what you get.
“Our classes are not instructional. We are here to help customers create a painting and to make sure they have fun while creating it. Everyone is free to change the painting to their own vision. If you want a pink flower instead of a blue one, you’re free to do as you please. Our artists are just here to guide you,” said Vicki Zahand, owner and manager.
Classes usually last two to three hours, depending on the day. The public studio can hold anywhere from 48-60 people at a time. There is a surround-sound system installed, so each class can listen to what they are in the mood for. Pinot’s Palette is very upscale and provides wine glasses, ice, corkscrews, bottle openers, utensils, plates and much more to all of its customers. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own food and drinks (each class is BYOB) to indulge in while painting. Each class has a designated painting that will be demonstrated, which can be found in advance online.
“I lay out the calendar in advance and try to do a variety of different paintings, so there is always something for everyone to paint. We also cater painting around upcoming dates – Mothers’ Day, Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July, for example,” said Zahand.
Along with the public studio, there is also a private studio – the Skyline Room – which can hold 24 people and provides a more intimate feel, with lights, higher tables and an abstract mural of the Houston skyline. All private parties will get to select any painting to paint from the studio’s library of more than 1,900 paintings.
Zahand and her husband both have business backgrounds and after many years in the corporate world were looking for something different to do that fit their interests. Opening a Pinot’s Palette was the answer. The couple had been working on bringing a Pinot’s Palette to Kingwood for four years. Since Pinot’s Palette started in Houston, which soon after started to expand nationwide to 34 states with more than 160 agreements, they had to wait for the Houston market to open back up again.
“Our goal is to make sure that everyone who comes to paint has fun. Even if they think their painting isn’t that great, as long as they had a great time while painting it, then we won,” Zahand said.
For more information on dates and prices of classes or to learn more, go to pinotspalette.com/kingwood or visit their Facebook page, Pinot’s Palette-Kingwood.