If you don’t think wine and paint mix, you haven’t met Reagan Guzman.
The Chandler woman makes a living off combining the ingredients for special parties at restaurants in Ahwatukee and Gilbert.
Her business, Paint Party and Wine, is all about giving people a unique option for fun-filled gatherings and even corporate team-building exercises.
If you don’t fancy holding a paint party with wine at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee or Cuisine and Wine in Gilbert, no worries: Guzman will bring the party to just about anywhere else.
“I travel to companies, churches, apartment complexes, golf course restaurants and homes to bring the party to them,” she said. “The cost is the same as having it at a partner location (the restaurants), but it includes the travel and setup.”
And you don’t have to be Rembrandt or even own an easel.
“I provide all materials, including canvases, paint, brushes, aprons to wear,” Guzman said. “I will take the guests through a step-by-step instructional demonstration. My paintings are achievable for all levels.”
An art teacher at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Guzman got the idea for her venture from working with adults.
“I wanted to create a new kind of creative fun and entertainment in Arizona,” she explained. “Art and teaching are my passions, so when I experienced what could be taught to adults who have not painted since elementary school, I was addicted. It's exciting to see their faces when they get lost in their work and hold up their masterpiece at the end of class.”
Although she’s had students ranging in age from 6 to 90 years old, the wine comes only for would-be Picassos who’ve hit the age of 21.
Guzman tailors her parties for just about any occasion, from girls’ nights out and family celebrations to bachelorette parties and church events.
Her rates range from $30 per person (10-person minimum) for a two-hour session with a 11-by-14-inch canvas to $40 per person (eight-person minimum) for three hours with a 12-by-16-inch canvas.
If you want the party at one of the restaurants on a Friday or Saturday night, the rate is an additional $5 per person. My Wine Cellar will throw in finger-food packages starting at $10 per person.
“I specifically researched the best wine bar/restaurants with amazing ambience and customer service,” Guzman said. “Conditions need to be right to truly enjoy the paint party: quiet spaces, good lighting, excellent food, drink and service.”
The parties are no paint-by-numbers events.
“I start with a blank canvas, not an outline of images, because everyone has the ability to create something beautiful with the right guidance,” Guzman said. “The results are amazing and guests leave feeling proud and accomplished with a painting they would hang on their walls.”
“I will demonstrate a variety of painting techniques and assist individuals as needed,” she added.
Guzman said that her parties sometimes can take on unusual subjects, as one office party at Arizona Ear Center did.
“I created a ton of cochlea-painting examples for their first party and we painted the outer ear for the second party,” she said. “I also learned some disgusting things about ears and patients who have had small creatures removed. The paintings are hanging in their office and create quite a buzz with the customers.”