Putting painting and wine together can lead to a really fun event.
That is exactly what The Wine Room in Concord's Afton Village does each month.
They cleverly named the evening Bottles and Brushes, and the next class is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
"Last summer a girlfriend of mine in Colorado suggested I do this, and it sounded like so much fun," said artist Carrie Guy. "So I got together with Teri (Reno, owner of The Wine Room), and we worked out a monthly session to see how it would go.
"It is so much fun, and I love teaching people that think they don't have any artistic talent."
Guy has a varied and interesting background. She was born in Palo Alto, Calif., but grew up in St. Louis. She returned to California for college, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from UCLA.
"I started out as an art major," Guy said, "but switched to graphic design because I found myself to be too conservative for the art department."
On the flip side, Guy also holds an associate's degree as a veterinary technician, specializing in oncology. She became a veterinary oncology nurse and moved to the Charlotte with Dr. Claudia McFadden to start up an veterinary oncology practice at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.
That, in turn led her to meeting her future husband; his pet boxer had cancer.
"I loved being a veterinary oncology nurse, but my heart is in painting," Guy said. "I absolutely love teaching kids of all ages," she said.
Because of this love of teaching kids, Guy started doing children's illustrations called Henry & Me (www.henryandme.com) a couple of years ago for nurseries. Then last spring she started an art school for toddlers called My Little Picasso (www.mylittlepicasso.net).
Guy started offering the Bottles and Brushes classes at The Wine Room back in September, and it has quickly grown in popularity.
Usually everyone paints canvases, but this month, for Christmas, she will be demonstrating how to paint holiday-themed wine glasses. If you want to participate, you need to make a reservation in advance for this class.
"It's not about being a Monet or a Degas. It's about having fun and letting go and seeing what you can create," said Guy. "Everyone usually surprises themselves, and I love that reaction. It makes it so fun for me."
Besides the Bottles and Brushes night, The Wine Room offers many other events: It has wine tastings every Tuesday, trivia night on Wednesdays and live music on the weekends.
The Wine Room is at 5401 Village Drive, in Afton Village, Concord. Details: www.wine-room.net or call 704-782-9463.