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August 23, 2012

Paint pARTy making art classes mobile

LONDONDERRY — In an attempt to make art more accessible and teach residents about painting, two artists have teamed up in a unique project.

Elaine Farmer, a Londonderry artist, and Sherry Burnett, a Salem artist, have created paint pARTy, where people can come together or visit an art studio to do their own paintings.

During a paint pARTy, Farmer and Burnett instruct painters in a step-by-step process in a theme chosen by the host.

The idea behind paint pARTy is to make fun art in a stress-free environment. Farmer said she also encourages the hosts to provide wine and some food to help make the painters feel more comfortable.

The two artists heard of similar ideas throughout the country, and decide to start their own paint parties. The artists met when Farmer was teaching Burnett about art basics as her instructor a few years ago.

The project started at the beginning of August and has grown rapidly ever since.

“We filled up the month of August pretty quickly, and September is already well underway for booking,” Farmer said. “This is a great way to introduce anyone interested into the world of art.”

The cost is $35 per guest for two hours, or $45 per guest for three hours, fully covering the cost of supplies. The paint pARTies must have a minimum of four people.

“This is more of a fun art project instead of a fine art study,” Farmer said.

So far, the two artists have hosted about five painting sessions and are scheduling more.

“These are not just local, one of the parties we did was in Cape Cod,” Burnett said. “We have had a great response from everybody so far, everybody loves to have their own artwork done in two to three hours.”

Painters are provided with brushes, paint and an apron. By the end of the painting session, painters have their own work of art on a 16-by-20-inch canvas. Visit

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