Painting with a Twist in Richardson offers variety of classes, opportunities to give back to the community
Kim Garrison opened Painting With a Twist in Richardson in December 2016. (Liesbeth Powers / Community Impact Newspaper)
After working in HR for 25 years, Kim Garrison said she opened Painting With a Twist in Richardson because she wanted to have some fun.
“I want people to come in to escape the problems of their world or their lives,” Garrison said. “[Painting With a Twist] is a good opportunity for a carefree escape. “
Classes and events are BYOB, but the company supplies customers with everything else from paint and canvases to glasses and corkscrews, Garrison said. While Friday and Saturday evenings are usually the busiest evenings, according to Garrison, the studio’s most popular offering is undoubtedly the Paint Your Pet class.
“We had [people paint] Dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, raccoons, geckos – we actually had a goldfish once, ”she said.
The company has also hosted several Texan evenings and even offered a Galentine’s Day session with nude male models that sold out, Garrison noted. She said the company’s next major holiday was Mother’s Day.
“[People] They can paint with mom, they can give gift certificates, or they can just buy a class for mom, send them in and be their designated driver, ”Garrison said.
The coronavirus pandemic could have been a real crisis for Garrison’s business, but Painting With a Twist was successful in switching to virtual events and kits for painting at home last year, she said.
“The Richardson community has been incredibly supportive,” she said. “We were very impressed with what they did … to take care of us and keep us in business during that time.”
That support meant a lot to Garrison, who said she was also interested in Painting With a Twist because it encourages return to the local community.
“We have fundraisers that we call ‘Painting for a Purpose’ and we’ve raised a lot of money for the community,” Garrison said.
Garrison, who also owns a Painting With a Twist facility in Mansfield, said their studios ran fundraisers for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Operation Kindness and Other Animal Rescues; Breast Cancer Charities and More.
Paint with one twist
819 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Hours: Tue-Sun Hours vary, closed Mon.