BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK & ANNA SPIVAK
Put on your smocks and raise your glasses, Pinot’s Palette has brought its artsy (and tipsy) charm to the borough with its first-ever Brooklyn location in Dyker Heights, within 13th Avenue’s Boulevard Books & Cafe.
According to owner Tatiana Nicoli, who helped cut the ribbon on the venue on Thursday, August 27, this is the first sip and paint of its kind in the area.
“We are Brooklyn’s first premier paint and sip,” said Nicoli, calling the platform a “night out” with something in store for everyone. “We’ve needed one for a while. It’s something that we can all do.”
Whether you’re a first-time painter or self-proclaimed Picasso, the instructing artists at Pinot’s Palette —there to help you through the two to three-hour class—will guide your hand, helping you to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
“Pinot’s Palette is a franchise and when I started looking into it, I didn’t know if it was for me. What I learned was, it’s not just a franchise that has over 100 locations, it’s so intimate that these people become your family,” added Nicoli about the tight-knit, family feel of the corporation and the artists it employs.
According to Nicoli, a handful of those artists—there to help on opening night—flew in from Houston, Texas just for the occasion—including the night’s instructor, Natlie.
Natalie, who had nothing but kind words to say about Nicoli, guided opening night guests through their own renditions of a Pinot’s Palette favorite, First Pour.
“[Nicoli] has been working so incredibly hard to get this beautiful studio together,” said Natalie, who’s been with Pinot’s Palette for years, and who began when the franchise had only two studios. “I’ve seen a lot of Pinot’s Palette studios but this just has a special unique charm to it.”
VIP painters for opening night included Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura, Community Board 10 Chair Brian Kieran, Paul DiSpirito from Lioni’s Italian Heroes, Fran Vella-Marrone, there on behalf of Congressmember Dan Donovan, and local dignitaries Councilmember Vincent Gentile and State Senator Marty Golden.
“There are a number of artists that live in our community and one of the reasons that we do the Third Avenue stroll and other events in our community, is to give the artists the ability to go out there and to show their art,” said Golden. “Whether it be paintings or photos, you get more people engaged in the arts [that way].”
Pinot’s Palette is located at 7518 13th Avenue. To register for classes—starting at $38 a person, or to learn more about renting out the 2,000-square-foot space for special celebrations, visit www.pinotspalette.com.