Local business to host Sip-N-Paint event

Emma Austin

It may seem unlikely that a craft brewery and an art studio would have much in common, but this Wednesday, Feb. 10, White Squirrel Brewery will be hosting its first Sip-N-Paint event with Ingen Art Gallery and Studio.

A Sip-N-Paint is a step-by-step art project class in which guests can create unique works of art while enjoying their favorite beverages and snacks, according to Ingen Art’s website.

White Squirrel opened its doors in May 2015 and has had steady business since, according to co-owner and WKU alumnus Sean Stevens.

When Stevens was approached with the idea of hosting a Sip-N-Paint, he saw it as an opportunity to widen the brewery’s range of clientele.

“I want to bring in people who maybe didn’t know about [White Squirrel],” he said.

Stevens said the response the two businesses received after opening the class’s registration was so enthusiastic, White Squirrel decided to host several more nights throughout the month.

The class will be held at the brewery on Feb. 10. Attendees will learn how to paint an acrylic piece called “Simple Guitar.”

Ingen Art will provide all necessary materials for $25, which doesn’t include the food tab.

Courtney Davis, WKU alumna, said she and her boyfriend Chris Beckley started Ingen Art Gallery and Studio together in early 2013.

“I graduated from WKU in May of 2012, and after several months of job searching, nothing came up,” Davis said.

Davis said she began painting again in her spare time and shared her work on social media.

“They were well received by friends and family,” Davis said.

This response inspired Davis and Beckley to start their own business centered around the arts, a passion they share.

Davis said her work with Ingen Art has been a learning experience.

“Now we have a great support system of artists and other local businesses who want to help each other and Bowling Green grow,” she said.

The focus is on arts education for all ages, Davis said. Through art enrichment, she hopes to grow the arts community within Bowling Green.

Davis said that Sip-N-Paint has been a blessing and has allowed the studio to have a steady customer base. She picked it up about three years ago when several customers requested art classes.

Stevens said the event will also be held on Feb. 17, 21 and 28. He added that seating is limited, so hopeful artists must register in advance.

“We’re a family business, so all ages are welcome,” Stevens said. However, he added that underage painters would be sipping on water rather than in-house brewed beers.