Paint Nite Durham

Have you heard about Paint Nite?

It is a new trend that’s a wonderful way to spend some time with family and/or friends while tapping into your inner creativity and it has become very popular in the Durham Region.  According to their website

“In just about two hours, while you’re sipping on a cocktail, our performing artists will guide you through each painting so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night that you will be amazed YOU created. We provide everything you will need: canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock. You just bring your fun loving friends and have a few cocktails to keep the spirits high and inhibitions to a minimum and we’ll make sure your inner Picasso is unleashed.”

These events take place right in your own neighbourhood at your favourite restaurants, bars and boutiques. The canvases and paints are included and each session is led by a local artist.

It might be best to let the Co-Founder of Paint Nite, Dan Hermann, explain the concept…

Doesn’t that look like a lot of fun? Always up for an adventure, a few weeks ago our Team Leader, Judy Stacee-Cleaver, took the opportunity to find out first hand. Judy joined a few of her friends at Olive That! in Whitby to let loose and get those creative juices flowing. And flow they did!

Olive that signOlive That! lends itself to creativity. This unique “tasting bar” allows you to create your own combinations from a variety of Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars. Savoury or sweet, there is a plethora to choose from. Simply sample the flavours from the many silver fusti available until you find the perfect one (or two or three) and the extremely knowledgeable staff will bottle them for you right there and then.  You’ll also find a wonderful selection of cheeses, ideal kitchen gifts and much more. One visit and we’re sure you will become a regular. Judy managed to find several combinations to bring home and got some Christmas shopping done.

Olive that 1The very talented Sarah Shaw was the “Performing Artist” for the evening. Step-by-step, Sarah guided the group through the process of creating a winter wonderland on canvas. It doesn’t matter if you have never picked up a paintbrush, you will leave with a beautiful piece of artwork.

Judy was fascinated by the end results…

“It was a wonderful evening, full of fun. What really surprised me was that every one of us had the same canvas, the same paints, the same brushes and the same step-by-step instructions, yet every single painting turned out differently. Our own unique style came through.”

Paint Nite

From their smiles it’s easy to see that everyone had a wonderful time and would welcome the opportunity to participate again.



  1. Hello, My name is Tanya Roberson and I am looking for a Paint Nite in the Raleigh/Durham area on the weekend of March 19, 2016
    I live in Maryland but I’m coming to town and would like to take my sister out for Paint nite for birthday. My sisters and I are coming to town to visit. I can be reached via or 410.493.0911. It would be a Delight for my sister. She is looking for a paint note to attend. What a joy it would be to Surprise her!! Thanks in advance

    • I hope you received my email explaining that we are in the Durham Region in Ontario, Canada. I hope you found the link to check out the correct PaintNite in your area.

  2. Good afternoon
    My name is Sandi Bradley and I am a Recreational Therapist with Durham Mental Health Services in the Senior Support Program. I am inquiring if you do “paint night” during the day time hours. I would be interested in introducing this program to the seniors I support.

    Please get back to me as time permits.
    my email address is

    Thanks so much
    Sandi Bradley

  3. This was not a ‘paintnite’ event. (
    This was a private event held by myself, Sarah Shaw, through my own company.
    If you are looking for an event with individual attention and help and ensuring everyone leaves with a painting they love, please contact me.

  4. Hi there, Amanda Burke,

    I met you, while I was dining, at a Boston Pizza location where you had just finished a PaintNite event and you gave me your card.
    I am looking for a schedule of the events in Ajax, Whitby or Oshawa during the month of September or October.

    I would appreciate you getting back to me.

    Thank you,
    Jan Butterley

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