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Paint, Drink and Snack at New West End Art Studio

Brush Studio will let customers enjoy a quick dinner, then follow step-by-step directions from an artist to create their own painting.

The St. Louis Park West End's newest business brings the food and drink selection of a restaurant to an art studio where customers follow an instructor's directions to complete their own acrylic paintings in under two-and-a-half hours.

Brush Studio, which opened last week, is the passion project of Jodi Karn of Bloomington and Jean Forbes of Shakopee. Friends for more than 20 years, they saw a similar business, Canvas and Cocktails, in Denver, and decided to rent the space in the annex of the Shops at West End, near Toby Keith's.

"The kids are growing up and leaving so we thought it would be fun to get together and act like kids again," Forbes said.

"Yeah," agreed Karn, "we thought we'd try a business."

Customers pay $35 for the evening classes, with drinks and food not included.

Brush has seating capacity for 49 customers inside, with another 12 seats on an outdoor patio.

The St. Louis Park city council unanimously approved Brush's liquor license in May.

"I love the concept," council member Anne Mavity said. "Having something new and interesting is just great for St. Louis Park."


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