Hi Y’all!  I’m Michelle Olson owner of Grape Canvas Parties.  I began this adventure after a conversation with a couple of friends. They had gone to some paint party events and suggested that I give it a try since they know how much I love Art, laughing with friends, and of course wine!

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Art Therapy and I am currently a PhD candidate working to improve the lives of older adults and those who care for them.  I am a licensed, registered and board certified art therapist.  I have made it my life’s passion to help people express themselves through their own creative process. I encourage expression, creativity, exploration & play! (We’re never too old to play!)

I am also a visual artist and I love painting, pastels, photography, and finding old junk (like literally found junk) and using various mixed media to transform it in a creative new life!

I have been making art with people for 2o years. I am professional, I have patience, experience and a pretty quirky sense of humor (so important to laugh!) If someone is a lifelong artist or has never lifted a brush…It is ALL GOOD! There is no right or wrong. It’s just about being open, expressing your own creativity & having lots of FUN…That’s what it’s really all about!

So what makes Grape Canvas Parties Unique?IMG_2122

First, we are a traveling art studio that comes to your home, business or corporate event! It is so easy!…we bring all the supplies and materials (from set up to clean up) and of course personalized step by step art instruction for you and your guests to follow. There is NO mess left behind…Only positive energy and art!

I also feel my art therapy background influences me to truly bring people in touch with their creativity, inner artist and to be free in the moment!  We always encourage a positive approach to art (even if you have never lifted a brush!), as well as each person’s own unique style to come out (oh yes, everyone has one!)

We make it our priority to offer exceptional service to all of our artists.  If you can draw a straight line or not…You CAN create and feel good about your art experience and painting!

Grape Canvas Parties is not a franchise or big corporation, we are a very small local business—Hudson Valley residents and creatives, and busy parents just like you!…and we want to spread art & creative inspiration to others. We love what we do each day and we hope to get the opportunity to share this passion with you!

Being creative is a state of mind, a way of life, and who we are…and we would love the opportunity to paint with you & encourage you to live a truly inspired & creative life!

TESTIMONIALS:  “Had a blast! My first time painting. I can’t wait to do it again.”  ~Nicole C.

“If you want to see your creative side you must have a party with Grape Canvas Parties. I had a party with Michelle and Michelle really helped me and my friends be creative. She is very prepared. Knowledgeable, organized and professional. Michelle Rocks. Highly recommend her awesome service.”   ~Susan T.