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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Watch Pinot's Palette CEO Craig Ceccanti. Live Video Segment from CNBC.

Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

Mixing art and wine has turned out to be a fine business model for Pinot's Palette. This franchise teaches people how to paint while enjoying a glass of wine with friends. CEO Craig Ceccanti explains how his "paint and sip" concept became such a phenomenon.

CNBC CEO Craig Ceccanti Video

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Monday, November 02, 2015
  1. Improves concentration – Concentrating on the subject you’re painting or concentrating on improving the details in what you’ve already painted builds essential skills in focus.
  2. Sharpen fine motor skills – From broad backgrounds to fine details, practicing painting improves hand-eye coordination and boosts motor skills
  3. Good way to relax – Painting can be therapeutic because it allows the mind to focus on the images at hand and on nothing else. This focus toward one central topic relieves stress on the mind, and in turn relaxes the body. This relaxation minimizes muscle soreness, joint pain, headaches, and other physical ailments. It has similar effects as meditation.
  4. Promotes knowledge of various cultures – Painting increases your appreciation for visual art by teaching the variety and difficulties of learning techniques.
  5. Boosts creativity – Whether the paintingis abstract or realistic, minimalist or chaotic, paintings are modes of artistic expression.
  6. Non-verbal communication skills- Painting inspires you to communicate your deepest thoughts and feelings – even those that you may not be able to express verbally – through your art. 
  7. Critical thinking skills – Choosing which brush to use or which paints to mix to create the exact color you need makes you a more decisive person. Decision-making skills make your mind more efficient and this ability can alleviate stress.
  8. Perseverance – If a painting does not turn out the way you envisioned, you become determine to fix the problems until the piece becomes what you want it to be. When faced with disappointment, you adopt the notion that with hard work, you will be certain to improve, enabling you to further reach your goals in life.
  9. Self confidence – Just as knowing hard work yields better results, finishing a painting that you are happy with feels great and gives you a boost in self-esteem. Getting positive feedback from your peers also increases the sense of self-assurance that comes with making a work of your own.
  10. Gives you a positive mindset – Creating art teaches you to be attuned with aesthetic of the visual world around you and makes you appreciate the beauty in and of life. Embracing the beauty around you gives you a more positive outlook of the world and can even decrease the risk of mental illness.

Healthy Painting Everyone! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Can you imagine what it would feel like if, as an adult, you create and win something you've thought and dreamed about as a child?  

If you've been to our studio for a class, you may have had the pleasure of meeting our talented, bubbly, blonde instructor, Resa.  Resa's submission was selected as the official 2016 Fiesta poster!  How exciting is that!?!  In her words, when she got the notification call that her submission won, "my heart pounded, my eyes teared up, I hadn't wanted to win something so badly before, and it happened!  I called my parents right away after I knew, so that they would know, my family has a tremendous history in Texas." 

We couldn't be more proud of her and the poster is amazing.

The unveiling of the poster was held Thursday, October 15th at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  The following was taken from an article that appeared in the Express News, "what I wanted to convey the most is the celebration, and celebrations [sic] is captured with colors and movement,"  Wohlrabe said in an email.  "The reason why we celebrate and the way we celebrate is both present.  Folklorico dresses are twirling, the confetti is falling.  Everything is colorful and everyone is happy!  I hope that you can hear the clanging of the medals, the music of the mariachis, the vibration of the guitar chords, and the sounds of people laughing."

As for her experience, the night at the Tobin, "I was trying to be hyper-aware, and take everything in. The sights, the colors, the people, and silly things like the floors, the walls, what they had on the lights display in the room, the smell of the new poster as I was standing by it, the lights from on stage. I know we can grab pictures so easily, but I wanted to savor the moments and breathe it all in. It was exactly like I had hoped. People were colorful and smiling and seemed so excited to take pictures with me! I felt like I was in Hollywood. They keep telling me it's not over yet! So the excitement lives on!!"

To me, this all just sounds like a fairy tale, come true.  Enjoy every second, Resa, you should be so proud of your talent.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Day of the Dead

This article first appeared in the Asbury Park Press and is authored by Liz Dennerlein. 

Pinot’s Palette, the paint and sip franchise in Red Bank, joined the fight against childhood cancer this past September by hosting a national fundraiser.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was chosen as this year’s Paint it Forward campaign. The fundraiser took place Sept. 30 and the Pinot’s location in Red Bank raised nearly $2,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Across the country, the franchise raised nearly $35,000.

This year, nearly 16,000 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer and one in five won’t survive. St. Jude’s is leading the way the world understands, treats and fights childhood cancer.

Pinot's Palette is hosting a Day of the Dead Halloween Party on Oct. 31. Paint a decorative sugar skull at the studio, 12 Broad Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be prizes for best costumes. $48 per painter. 

Nov. 1 is "Solstice Blossoms" Family Day painting. Paint a picture of a fiery sky from 1 to 3 p.m. $38 per painter.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

If you are like me you love animals but unfortunately you can't adopt another one or your house would resemble a zoo!  Looking for other ways to help shelter pets without adopting yourself?  Read on...

This article originally appeared on and is written By Jane Harrell

But what if you can’t adopt? Here are some easy ways you can still help:

Donate your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog!”

Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog! #savedogs”

Contact your local shelter or rescue group (you can search for groups near you here) and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like to you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.

Share an adoptable dog or a Petfinder dog-adoption Happy Tail on your blog, Facebook or Twitter (hashtag #savedogs) page each day of the month.

Sign up as a foster parent or shelter volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to find out how you can help.

Add a Petfinder widget or banner to your Web site or blog.

Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local paper.

Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets and upload the pics to Petfinder.
Donate to your local shelter or rescue group or to the Foundation in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comers about animal shelters and why Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and pet adoption in general, is important.

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