Paint the town: Meet Central PA's paint nights

In recent years, Central PA has seen an uptick in the world of social painting, as more and more artists and bars continue to join forces in an effort to make fine art more accessible – and fun.

We recently dipped our brush in the metaphorical paint last month to experience a paint night firsthand. Against all odds, what resulted was a less-than-awkward painting, created by a less-than-artistic hand. Simply put: if we can do it, you can, too.

Here’s a rundown of where to find a class near you. And with the holiday season in full swing, a hand-painted masterpiece might just be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life (or, at least, mom). And remember – the canvas, paints and brushes are all supplied. All’s you need to bring is your can-do attitude.


Paint Nite

PN_PaintNitePaint Nite sessions are held throughout the month at various bars in Harrisburg, York, Carlisle, Gettysburg and, coming soon, Lancaster. There are far too many to list here. Check the local chapter’s calendar for an event near you.


aMuse Uncorked

PN_aMuseUncorkedAlthough classes are held at bars and restaurants primarily in and around the Harrisburg region, aMuse Uncorked also offers traveling painting parties perfect for an office holiday party, birthday gathering, girls’ night, etc. Check the website for all aMuse Uncorked events this month.


Crafts & Draughts

PN_CraftsDraughtsCrafts & Draughts (pronounced: “drafts”) is hosted monthly at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, but we’re told additional venues in Lancaster are in the works. This month’s event is December 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Federal Taphouse and is led by Lancaster artist Shade Louise.


Creative Art Events

PN_CreativeArtsYork-based artist Holly Davis hosts paint nights around York County. Davis hosts her next paint night on December 8 at The Cove in York featuring a wintry full moon piece.


Paint Spot @ The Pub

PN_PaintSpotLancaster’s Annex 24 Gallery teams up with fellow downtown business Characters Pub on December 8 from 7-9 p.m. The class is led by artist Loryn Spangler-Jones and will follow a landscape theme.



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Mike McMonagle is a late-to-bed guy who tries daily to be an early riser. He drinks coffee, beer, whiskey and water regularly. He moonlights as a singer/songwriter by the name of Mike McMonagle. He makes photos sometimes, usually of his cat, or of puddles. Mike is the former digital editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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