NYC Adventure: Paint Nite

I just got back from Paint Nite at Revel, a restaurant/bar/lounge located in the Meatpacking district. I was brought along to an evening of client schmoozing where we wined, dined, and painted with one of our website’s largest advertisers. This was my first work event at the new job! I’m not going to tell you how much the evening cost, but it was waaay into the triple digits. It was a lot of fun, but I’m still experiencing sticker shock from the price tag. Thankfully, I wasn’t footing the bill.

Okay, back to the adventure! The evening started with glasses of pinot grigio and delicious Italian cuisine. I got the house made gnocchi with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. Delizioso! The restaurant was lovely and even though we were inside it felt like we were dining in an Italian garden filled with greenery and white lights. After dinner we moved to a back room and took a seat at our blank canvases, ready to create some art.

Paint Nite is basically a guided painting class held in the trendiest bars and restaurants throughout the city. For $65 you can create your own “priceless” masterpiece under the instruction of a real-life NYC artist. Here’s the progress of my painting, in three simple steps:

Step 1: Sky and clouds

Step 1: Sky and clouds

Step 2: Add water

Step 2: Add water

Step 3: A dash of sand and a palm tree

Step 3: A dash of sand and a palm tree

Voilà! A masterpiece! The starting price for this original Kimberly D. Horner is the reasonable price of 2 million. Let the bidding begin!

While our paintings dried, we sampled a few different desserts. My favorite was the tiramisu — it was light and delicious. Then we called it a night.

On the car ride home, I decided that I will bring my painting with me to work in the morning and display it on my desk. I don’t think my roommate would agree to me framing it and putting it up in our living room…

Overall it was a very fun, albeit extravagant night. If you are looking for an activity to get your creative juices flowing (and aren’t afraid to shell out a lot of cash) I’d definitely recommend giving Paint Nite a try.

Until the next adventure!

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