Hi Y’all! I’m Michelle Olson, owner of Grape Canvas Parties. I began this adventure just about 7 years ago after a conversation with a couple of friends. They had gone to some paint and sip events and suggested that I give it a try since they know how much I love Art, laughing with friends—and of course sharing wine! Since then, we have joyfully brought countless paint parties to corporations such as Global Mastercard, Aetna, Fidelity Investments, numerous local businesses and restaurants and of course in private homes–Celebrating all types of occasions!
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Art Therapy and hold a PhD in Gerontology–working to improve the lives of older adults and those who care for them. I am a licensed, registered and board certified art therapist and 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 using various mixed media to transform it into a creative new life!
I have been making art with people and planning events for over 23 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 painted before…It is ALL GOOD! There is no right or wrong. It’s just about being open, expressing your own creativity & having FUN!
First, we are a traveling art studio that comes to you! It is so easy!…we bring all the supplies and materials (from set up to clean up), music, a professional PA system (if needed for the space) and of course personalized step by step art instruction for you and your guests to follow. We make exceptional service our priority. We never rush you, we personalize each and every event…and There is NO mess left behind…Only good vibes and art!
We always encourage a positive approach to creating as well as each person’s own unique style to come out (oh yes, everyone has one!)
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 small local business—Hudson Valley residents, creatives, and busy parents just like you!…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 she 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.