By Jim Currie on
7/1/2009 10:29 AM
Have you ever desired to allow your inner Van Gogh loose on canvas—if only for one night? What if you could bring along a fine merlot and a dozen of your favorite friends? That is the basic business concept at Corks N Canvas: deceptively simple—and fantastically successful.
While the concept of instructional art is hardly new, the process of surrounding the art experience with friends, wine and a lively instructor is rather novel. And this brainchild of Cathy Deano and Renee Malony has received rave reviews from art aficionados and novices alike. They founded the conceptual art experience following Katrina. In less than two years, their initial studio in Old Mandeville has blossomed into three locations within metro New Orleans and another in Baton Rouge. Better yet, they have begun franchising their turn-key art academy and sold two franchises last month. Several more franchisees are under review… per chance a national art explosion is now originating from right here on the northshore!
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