Local businesses collaborate to help 'uncork' your inner artist

Participants will paint a new subject each month at Canvas Uncorked. The painting pictured here is currently on display at Riverside Grind, and will be the topic of Canvas Uncorked on Saturday, Jan. 11. (Press photo by Molly Moser)


By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg businesses are joining forces on a new event they’re calling Canvas Uncorked.  The Creativity Center and Riverside Grind coffee shop will co-host the wine and painting class on the second Saturday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

“Anytime any businesses work together, it brings people together and gives both businesses more exposure; so it would be really great to see more businesses doing this kind of thing,” says Cheryll Shireman, owner of Riverside Grind.

Cindy Olsen, director of Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, is excited to partner with local organizations to strengthen the sense of community among business owners in the area. “Collaboration leads to creative new ideas, and that benefits both businesses and the public,” says Olsen.

Canvas Uncorked is an adult painting class, suitable for beginners but fun for all levels. A local artist guides participants stroke-by-stroke, color-by-color through an acrylic painting, and each student leaves with a finished work of art. All supplies are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own brushes and acrylic paints. The workshop began as a featured project at the Creativity Center’s first Friday event, Diva Night, and quickly expanded into an event all its own. The workshop will now meet at Riverside Grind.

“The Creativity Center is going to provide canvas, paints, easels, and such, as well as the instructor, and we will have the wine bar open for inspiration,” smiles Shireman. Riverside Grind sells wine by the glass and bottle, and also does tastings. “We currently have wine from Eagles Landing Winery of Marquette, PromiseLand Winery of Guttenberg, and Engelbrecht Family Winery of Fredricksburg,” she told The Press.

In addition to supporting local wineries, Shireman is also an advocate for the arts. She displays her daughter’s paintings in her coffee shop and attends many of the Creativity Center’s Diva Nights. Readers may recognize her name from her river photographs, which have been featured in color on the back page of The Press. 

While the riverboat mural in her shop was being painted, Shireman sat nearby and worked on a painting of her own. She attended the first Canvas Uncorked, held at the Creativity Center, and left with a finished painting that now hangs in her living room. “I’m looking forward to learning more about painting!” she says.

Olsen says, “We wanted to work with Riverside Grind because we appreciate Cheryll’s support of our events and we’d like to get more involved in the community. We are open to collaboration with any interested local business.” All proceeds from Canvas Uncorked and other Creativity Center events benefit the after school art program, which is hosted in the studio three days a week. 

If you would like to uncork your inner artist (and maybe a bottle of locally made wine) join the Creativity Center and Riverside Grind this Saturday, Jan. 11, 7:00 p.m., at 506 S. River Park Drive.

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