Holy Cat, a Fundraiser

treepathClevelanders and cat lovers alike are invited to join Artsy on the far east side of Cleveland next month for a fundraiser aimed at feeding stray kitties.

Your admission to Artsy’s Paint Mixer to take place from 1 to 4 p.m. April 24 at the Leroy Township VFW, located at 12827 Warren Road in Painesville will directly benefit Holy Cat Whiskers, an organization improving the lives of stray and ferrel cats in Madison.

“It’s strictly for the cats,” Holy Cat organizer Nancy Kranstuber said.

Operating exclusively through donations and funds generated during special events, the mostly-cageless shelter organization works to spay, neuter and find permanent homes for the surging ferrel cat population in Madision.

“The paint party is something brand new,” Kranstuber said. “I know they’re really hot right now, so I thought it would be a good way to buy a couple extra bags of food and litter.”

Participants in next month’s events will recreate the image above under the instruction of professional art instructor and realist painter, Linda Merchant.

Artists of all levels are invited to enjoy light snacks and browse from the VFW bar menu while they benefit felines, relax with friends and get their feet wet painting.

Admission to the event is $40. Sign up for the fundraiser online, or call Artsy for more information about the event or how to register at (216) 577-4327.

For more information about how Artsy can facilitate a fun and low-stress fundraiser for your organization fill out our online contact form

Artsy Event Coordinator: Ashley Spero

Meet Ashley Spero, Asheville artist.

Meet Ashley Spero, Asheville artist.

Allow visionary artist and Artsy event coordinator Ashley Spero to separate you from your stress during select Artsy Paint Mixers taking place at Tupelo Honey and Catawba Brewing Co. in Asheville.

The overtly colorful painter and sculptor connects her students to their “visual voice” with the help of Artsy’s environmentally-friendly art supplies and hometown brews.

“I definitely encourage people to . . . let go of their to do lists and let their imagination take over,” Spero said.

With a background that spans showcasing at well-to-do galleries in San Francisco to creating public art in India and Guatemala, Spero’s creative style is playfully precise.

“I’ve always been kind of artsy,” she said.

Spero excels at striking a balance between successfully translating how to recreate an image and encouraging expressive creativity, especially with beginner painters.

“[I encourage students to] think more creatively and outside the box, not trying to do the painting exactly how it is in the example,” Spero said of her teaching style. Instead, she suggests participants, “Let it flow with how they’re feeling that day.”

The armchair psychologist and budding art therapist is interested in the medicine of art as well as the art of medicine. She said she enjoys observing her students’ personalities evolve throughout her classes as they start to relax in a new way.

“I like . . . seeing peoples’ demeanor change and how their confidence builds,” Spero said. “Some people have no idea how to paint, and then they do. It gives them a high and it’s really cool to see.”

View photos from Ashley’s Artsy events and Spero’s fine artwork in the gallery below. For more information about Ashley’s artistic community projects, sculptural work and resume, visit her website or check out her artist page on Facebook.

Sign up online for any Artsy Asheville workshops or our artistic fundraising efforts to clean up the Catawba River.






Aveda Earth Month Fundraiser


Artsy’s participation in the 2016 Aveda Earth Month fundraiser is a collective effort toward creatively building community.

The traveling art studio is looking forward to teaming up with Asheville’s Evolutions Salon for a charitable Terrarium Building Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at Aloft’s Ledge venue, a terraced event space overlooking Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville.

Half of all proceeds will benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. A portion of the remaining proceeds will go to Trees Water & People, which benefits people and the planet.

“It came together so seamlessly,” Evolutions Owner Jamie Edmonds said “It goes along with our passion to help our own (neighborhoods) and our community as a whole.”

For the last 18 years Asheville’s second-oldest Aveda salon has affected positive change locally as well as globally, while leaving the smallest ecological footprint possible.

Terrarium Workshop

Evolutions Charitable Terrarium Building Workshop takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at Aloft, located at 51 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.


Edmonds believes working together toward a common goal is the key to building businesses and their communities.

In order to honor the salon’s previous owner, Donna Griffin, Evolutions raised funds to benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation. And their Arts for Life benefit brought art supplies to Mission Kids.

“I’ve always appreciated the value of being community driven,” Edmonds said, “especially in small business.”

The upcoming Earth Month fundraiser will contribute to cleaning up the endangered Catawba River with an Artsy Terrarium Workshop featuring artisan supplies handmade with locally purchased raw materials.

In addition to benefiting so many good causes, the $40 entry fee includes instruction by glassblower and Artsy Co-Founder Tracie Sell as well as access to Aloft’s five-star bar menu and an spring evening well-spent on a downtown Asheville patio.

Register for the fundraiser online. For more information about booking Artsy for your own fundraiser fill out an online inquiry form, or contact the Artsy founders directly at (216) 577-4327 or (440) 221-7122. 


Rock Bottom Brewery

Artsy participants will dabble in quality art materials as well as a colorful array of brew hues.

Artsy participants will dabble in quality art materials as well as a colorful array of brew hues.

Artsy is taking over Rock Bottom Pittsburgh’s private Hi-Level Room with a series of black light painting parties on select Tuesday evenings this spring.

Beer lovers are invited to explore Rock Bottom’s colorful palate of award winning brews during our mandala-themed painting classes, which we facilitate under low, ultra violet lights.

Artsy offers a trio of black light painting classes on the bank of the Monongahela River over the next several weeks, with workshops taking place at 6 p.m. on April 19, May 3 and May 17 in the Waterfront, located at 149 West Bridge Street in Homestead.

Professional Pittsburgh artists will instruct participants on mandalas’ expressive and harmonizing design properties with playful, florescent paint.

Participants will receive neon necklaces at the door, which will illuminate their original paintings as well as their personal attire; registrants should note, these events are the perfect excuse to dress up in white and hang out under black lights.

Don't forget to wear bold patterns with white accents to properly pop off at Artsy glow paint workshops.

Don’t forget to wear bold patterns with white accents to properly pop off at Artsy glow paint workshops.

Amplify your evening with a menu featuring craft beers brewed on site by Rock Bottom Brewmaster Meg Evans and made-from-scratch grub executed under the direction of Executive Chef Gregory Ripple.

Rock Bottom is situated along the Steel Valley Trail in the Bride section of the Waterfront’s outdoor mall.

Register for classes at Rock Bottom Brewery online and do not hesitate to contact us by email at info@artsy.academy or by phone at (216) 577-4327 and (440) 221-7122.

Artsy Private Events

Discover's Diner's Club Card officials enjoyed a private painting class in a local gallery, which included a lunch buffet and private tour by the gallery owner.

Discover’s Diner’s Club Card officials enjoyed a private painting class in a local gallery, which included a lunch buffet and private tour by the gallery owner.

With over five years in the Paint and Sip industry, our founders are practiced at seamlessly coordinating perfect private events for everyone from department heads at Fortune 500 companies to overwhelmed maids of honor.

Our traveling art studio enjoys the flexibility of accommodating a vast range of event planners’ expectations, whether we are orchestrating a 100-person event spanning multiple rooms or coordinating a small party at the last minute.

Our private event coordinators take the stress out of party planning by working with you to get a feel for your expectations and executing your vision.

While Artsy staff are happy to set up events in your private home, office or church space, we understand you might want a change of scenery. In addition to established relationships with a number of public venues, which boast robust menus and private rooms, we are happy to contact your favorite restaurants and galleries to provide an additional short list of fresh options for you to select among.

If you are interested in hosting a painting workshop for your event, you can further tailor the tone of the party by selecting a

Bachelorettes rendered paintings based from a live, nude model in a party they hosted in an airbnb booked through Artsy.

Bachelorettes rendered paintings based from a live, nude model in a party they hosted in an airbnb booked through Artsy.

specific composition to recreate. Artsy’s gallery of available images is diverse, but if you’re looking for something very specific, our professional artists will create an accessible composition for your group for a flat rate of $40.

Typically, Artsy private event admission is $35 per person, however, we offer discounted rates based upon a sliding scale for large groups.

Contact our private event coordinators for more information about discounts available to large groups and non-profit organizations, or to get the ball rolling on booking your event.


Artsy private events are extremely versatile; they’re a great fit for:

  • Church organizations
  • College and university departments
  • Bachelorette parties
  • Bridal showers
  • Baby showers
  • Corporate department head workshop reprieve
  • Networking events
  • Meetup events
  • Birthday parties
  • Going away parties
  • Housewarming parties
  • Fundraisers
  • Conventions

Event formats include:

Your event needs to be perfect, so Artsy coordinators will tailor your event to meet your specific expectations. Variables include:

  • Location: Our events take place at bars and restaurants with private rooms, airbnbs, private homes, church halls and art galleries
  • Image: choose from our gallery of original compositions or commission your own
  • Duration: Ask us about receiving a discount for a curtailed class
  • Class size: from a minimum of 10 participants to up to hundreds