Shannon and Eric Hubbs want you to explore your creativity and have a fun night with friends -- or make some new ones -- all at the same time.

The couple are co-owners of Pinot's Palette, which opened this week in a new shopping center at 170 W. Olentangy St. The studio -- part of a Texas-based chain -- offers a variety of painting events, art and craft classes, open studio times and other art-centered events.

The studio's grand opening continues through this weekend with three distinct painting events, door prizes and, of course, wine, along with other drinks. Hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-18.

"I've done quite a bit of painting, (including) some murals, but I'm not a trained artist," Shannon Hubbs said. "But I like this kind of thing because I love entertaining."

A veteran and former nurse, Hubbs hatched the idea for the business while she was recuperating following a back injury. Unable to imagine doing administrative nursing work only, "I wanted to do something different."

Hubbs said she had attended an event at a studio similar to Pinot's Palette and enjoyed herself so much she decided to bring that experience to others.

In addition to structured painting events, the Pinot's Palette calendar also includes comedy, Christian music, salsa-making paired with salsa dancing, and something called "Chunky Knit Blankets."

Hubbs said all of the shops' instructors are trained artists or current art students.

"You can see (their training) in their work and their instruction," Hubbs said.

Hubbs, a resident of Ostrander, said Powell is an ideal location for the studio and added she's looking forward to more businesses opening in the shopping center.

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