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2155738 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-12-05 22:23:42.0 UTC 2013-12-05T17:23:42.000-05:00 pasco-art-studio-gives-stress-relief-and-a-sense-of-accomplishment published 2013-12-05 22:22:41.0 UTC 2013-12-05T17:22:41.000-05:00 news/business DTI 114715540 TRINITY — I hid in a corner of the art studio, hovered in a cloud of rising vapor, pouting while fiddling with my phone. This — publicly using a nebulizer to inhale albuterol, a drug that opens up my seasonally uncooperative lungs — was not how I hoped to start my first class at Painting with a Twist. My cough was unrelenting, along with my stress level. While my carefree classmates put on smocks and sipped the wine they brought (You can bring snacks, too!), I dwelled on my unending to-do list and my health. Then I picked up a brush and with each brush stroke understood more why this place is so popular. I relaxed. I had fun. In each class at the studio, participants re-create one of more than 3,500 paintings from the Painting with a Twist library. Our instructor, Maria, stood on a platform in front of an easel, spoke through a hands-free microphone and promised to give us step-by-step instructions for our painting, called "Group Therapy." "We won't send you home a Picasso," Maria warned our class of 22. But that's okay, she said — "This is fun art, not fine art." She was right. She told us what colors to use and where and when to use them, when and where to draw chalk outlines of wine goblets, what colors to mix and when to take a break. She cracked jokes over loud pop music and everybody laughed. A lot. I poked the acrylic paint on my paper plate palate with a brush. I mixed some of the red with some of the black. Then, I painted. The process took me back to middle and high school art classes, where I first and last painted. I found myself completely absorbed. I forgot any troubles, which owner Michelle Beres said is part of the point. Painting with a Twist — which now has locations all over the country — started as a series of painting parties in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A couple women in Louisiana organized the events as fundraisers, and "to pull (people) out of the reality of all the horribleness," said Beres, 53. It worked. Beres co-owns the Painting with a Twist location in Trinity with Sharon Reis, 50, and the artists will open a second location in North Tampa this spring. The studio has seven instructors, including Beres and Reis, and hosts classes regularly. The studio also hosts private parties and corporate events, and a monthly fundraiser called Painting with a Purpose, which benefits local nonprofit organizations. Most patrons are women, the owners said — only one of my classmates was male. But men are invited, too, said Beres: "It's a great place to meet girls." My classmates and I held up our finished products, wholeheartedly proud of our work. "So many people leave (saying) 'I'm an artist and I didn't even know it,' " said Reis. "Don't underestimate your artistic talent. You've all got it." Arleen Spenceley can be reached at aspenceley@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6235. By Arleen Spenceley, Times Staff Writer News, Business, pasco Pasco art studio gives stress relief and a sense of accomplishment ASPENCELEYN PSC Pasco Times djj3hhnfudfn djj3h It's the 'fun art' of stress relief <p><b>>></b><b>fast facts</b></p><p><b>Painting with a Twist</b></p><p>8351 State Road 54, Suite 112, Trinity. For information about pricing and booking private parties, call (727) 376-1112 or visit paintingwithatwist.com/trinity.</p> Pasco County 8 paspainting120813 It's the 'fun art' of stress relief 2013-12-08 05:00:00.0 UTC 2013-12-08T00:00:00.000-05:00 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/12/Spenceley_Arleen_wp_6046603.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/12/Spenceley_Arleen_wp_6046603_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/12/Spenceley_Arleen_wp_6046603_8col.jpg 2 Arleen Spenceley shows off the acrylic painting she completed at Painting with a Twist studio in Trinity. /resources/images/dti/2013/12/0432401049_12000001.jpg BRENDAN FITTERER | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/12/0432401049_12000001_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/12/0432401049_12000001_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/12/05/114715540-pasco-art-studio-gives-stress-relief-and-a-sense-of-accomplishment StaffArticle news,businessBusiness NewsTRINITY — I hid in a corner of the art studio, hovered in a cloud of rising vapor, pouting while fiddling with my phone.News, Business, pascoNews, Business, pascoArleen Spenceley 380300 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:45:57.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:45:57.000-04:00 arleen-spenceley published Arleen Spenceley <p>Arleen Spenceley is an editorial assistant and staff writer for the <i>Pasco Times</i> edition of the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. Before she joined the staff in July 2007, she wrote as a <i>Times </i>correspondent in Hernando and Pasco counties for three and a half years. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism in December 2007 and continued to work for the <i>Times </i>until Dec. 2012, when she resigned &#8212; albeit reluctantly &#8212; to finish her master's degree. She graduated with her M.A. in rehabilitation and mental health counseling in May 2013 and happily returned to the <i>Times </i>staff in November.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 34921089 Arleen Spenceley is an editorial assistant and staff writer for the Pasco Times edition of the Tampa Bay Times. Before she joined the staff in July 2007, she wrote as a Times correspondent in Hernando and Pasco counties for three and a half years. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism in December 2007 and continued to work for the Times until Dec. 2012, when she resigned — albeit reluctantly — to finish her master's degree. She graduated with her M.A. in rehabilitation and mental health counseling in May 2013 and happily returned to the Times staff in November. <p>Phone: (727) 869-6235</p><p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:aspenceley@tampabay.com ">aspenceley@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Spenceley_Arleen_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/34921089-arleen-spenceley AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:45:57.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:45:57.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">ARLEEN SPENCELEY</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2281816 2016-06-15 20:38:03.0 UTC 2 Months Ago new-studio-specializes-in-eyelash-extensions news/business New studio specializes in eyelash extensions StaffArticle 2286171 2016-07-20 21:28:58.0 UTC 1 Month Ago from-dance-student-to-dance-studio-owner news/business From dance student to dance studio owner StaffArticle 2288228 2016-08-04 20:55:54.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago her-yoga-studio-just-keeps-growing-and-growing news/business Her yoga studio just keeps growing and growing StaffArticle <p>TRINITY — I hid in a corner of the art studio, hovered in a cloud of rising vapor, pouting while fiddling with my phone.</p> <p>This — publicly using a nebulizer to inhale albuterol, a drug that opens up my seasonally uncooperative lungs — was not<i> </i>how I hoped to start my first class at Painting with a Twist. My cough was unrelenting, along with my stress level.</p> <p>While my carefree classmates put on smocks and sipped the wine they brought (You can bring snacks, too!), I dwelled on my unending to-do list and my health. Then I picked up a brush and with each brush stroke understood more why this place is so popular.</p> <p>I relaxed. I had fun.</p> <p>In each class at the studio, participants re-create one of more than 3,500 paintings from the Painting with a Twist library. Our instructor, Maria, stood on a platform in front of an easel, spoke through a hands-free microphone and promised to give us step-by-step instructions for our painting, called &quot;Group Therapy.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We won't send you home a Picasso,&quot; Maria warned our class of 22. But that's okay, she said — &quot;This is fun art, not fine art.&quot;</p> <p>She was right.</p> <p>She told us what colors to use and where and when to use them, when and where to draw chalk outlines of wine goblets, what colors to mix and when to take a break. She cracked jokes over loud pop music and everybody laughed. A lot.</p> <p>I poked the acrylic paint on my paper plate palate with a brush. I mixed some of the red with some of the black. Then, I painted.</p> <p>The process took me back to middle and high school art classes, where I first and last painted. I found myself completely absorbed. I forgot any troubles, which owner Michelle Beres said is part of the point.</p> <p>Painting with a Twist — which now has locations all over the country — started as a series of painting parties in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A couple women in Louisiana organized the events as fundraisers, and &quot;to pull (people) out of the reality of all the horribleness,&quot; said Beres, 53. It worked.</p> <p>Beres co-owns the Painting with a Twist location in Trinity with Sharon Reis, 50, and the artists will open a second location in North Tampa this spring. The studio has seven instructors, including Beres and Reis, and hosts classes regularly. The studio also hosts private parties and corporate events, and a monthly fundraiser called Painting with a Purpose, which benefits local nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>Most patrons are women, the owners said — only one of my classmates was male. But men are invited, too, said Beres: &quot;It's a great place to meet girls.&quot;</p> <p>My classmates and I held up our finished products, wholeheartedly proud of our work.</p> <p>&quot;So many people leave (saying) 'I'm an artist and I didn't even know it,' &quot; said Reis. &quot;Don't underestimate your artistic talent. You've all got it.&quot;</p> <p><i>Arleen Spenceley can be reached at aspenceley@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6235.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:34:45