Painting with a Twist
Corks N Canvas™ was started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four Greater New Orleans Area Corks N Canvas™ locations, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist in 2009. To date 18 franchise locations have been sold all over the state of Louisiana as well as in Florida and Texas. Headquartered in Mandeville, the company maintains the artwork copy rights and brand direction of the franchise locations to insure that every location produces the same fun experience by which the company was founded on.
Corks N Canvas™ is one of the largest employers of aspiring artists. The company recognized early on that the talents and enthusiasm of the staff were key elements to the success of the product. In just three years, Corks N Canvas™, along with the 21 franchise locations, has produced and owns the copy right to over 500 pieces of art. The collection of Corks N Canvas™ artwork was completed by approximately 50 instructors. Each artwork was conceptualized and executed by the instructors with the idea of being an easy to follow piece of art for the inexperienced painter. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of seafood, animals, iconic buildings and florals.
Because the company owners were both fundraisers in their previous positions, they have maintained that a core value of the company is to be an active member of the community and to focus on giving back. With this in mind, Paint with a Purpose was created. Paint with a Purpose is a monthly fundraising event held at all Corks N Canvas™ and Painting with a Twist™ locations as a centralized effort to raise funds that stay local in each market. The partnering nonprofits have included St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, the Al Copeland Foundation,Leaps & Bounds Sports Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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