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ITHACA, NY May 6, 2015 – A fresh new way to do a girl’s night out, date night, birthday party or team building event has arrived and is taking the local bar scene by storm. Paint Nite, a leader in the viral social painting phenomenon, has announced its expansion into Ithaca, NY. Paint Nite is a fun and creative way for people to drink, paint and socialize with others in the comfort of their favorite local bar or restaurant.

“This area has many talented artists and an amazing bar scene, the ideal combination for great Paint Nite events,” said co-founder Dan Hermann. “Paint Nite offers a creative way to have a few drinks with friends or meet new people in a laid back atmosphere — you don’t need to have an ounce of artistic ability, you just need to be open to having fun!”

A relatively new phenomenon, social painting brings people together for a guided painting session in a creative, social environment. While participants mingle with old friends and make new ones, a professional artist provides step-by-step instruction, allowing attendees to turn a blank canvas into a final piece of personalized art in about two hours.

Unlike social painting classes at brick & mortar locations with limited capacity and minimal food and beverage offerings, Paint Nite’s “nomadic” business model means more classes in a variety of venues designed to suit every need.

Event locations, artist information, and a sample of each featured painting can be found on Seats are limited and event tickets, which include a 16” X 20” canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and professional instruction, are sold in advance online. If desired, drinks and food to accompany the painting experience are purchased directly from the hosting bar or restaurant.

“Paint Nite is a win-win-win for the local artists, the participants, and for hosting venues like Joe’s Restaurant and Carriage House Café,” added Hermann. “While people are painting and having fun socializing with friends, the bars and restaurants drive traffic in on a traditionally slower night and introduce a whole new group of potential customers to their establishment.”

To locate a Paint Nite event in the Ithaca area, join the network of venues or to inquire about becoming a featured artist, visit

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.