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Storm Peak Brewing Co. offers new class

Local artist Julia Dordoni will be holding "Sip and Paint" classes every Wednesday at the Storm Peak Brewery in Steamboat Springs.
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If You Go...

What: Sip and Paint

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays

Where: Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1744 Lincoln Ave.

Preregistration is preferred by emailing julialiveart@gmai..., but walk-ins welcome. Cost is $35 and includes a beer and all materials

— Many have seen or taken part in the local wine and paint classes, but what about one with beer?

Earlier this week, Storm Peak Brewing Co. welcomed a new event to its lineup, Paint and Sip class, led by certified art teacher Julia Dordoni, who hails from Rochester, New York.

“It makes people relax more, and it’s a fun, social thing to do,” Dordoni said as she sipped a freshly poured ale. “There is no pressure of making a masterpiece or taking a formal class. It’s just about getting together with friends and having the experience.”



At 6 p.m. every Wednesday, Dordoni will lead an easy, step-by-step, guided class to help participants create a painting that appeals to both men and women. Seating is limited, and Dordoni advised arriving about 10 minutes early. Preregistration is recommended to hold a space in the class.

“Having art is great, because brewing, in itself, is an art,” said Wyatt Patterson, co-owner of Storm Peak Brewing Co. “We are producing a craft everyday, and this is just one more component.”



For 16 years, Dordoni has been teaching adults and children in all mediums through a variety of methods. Since she moved to Colorado from Hawaii and found the Wine and Paint classes a popular trend, she became involved through teaching the classes in Denver.

“It just comes really naturally to me,” said Dordoni, who was originally a health science major, then art education major. “I think that people want to have a creative outlet, and this really is a way for people to experience that and try something new, because there is no pressure around it.”

Even those who lack an artistic background or are unfamiliar with painting techniques are welcome to try one of her classes, Dordoni said..

Her instruction includes shading, color theory, blending colors and textures. The step-by-step painting offered this week was an aspen grove scene representing the mesmerizing fall foliage found in Routt County.

Dordoni said the environment at Storm Peak is conducive to an art class, with large tables and an open, welcoming atmosphere.

Located on the west end of town, Storm Peak Brewing Co.’s tap room is also known as a yoga practice space where instructor Jamie Elmer offers a $10 class and a beer.

“Both teachers approached us with these ideas, and we loved it,” Patterson said. “A lot of breweries down on the Front Range do similar things, and we had always hoped to do something like that.”

Always open to new ideas, Patterson said the art and yoga classes come at a great time before the busy season, which gives patrons who haven’t been to the brewery a chance to see it and take a new class.

The cost for the Paint and Sip class is $35 and includes all materials and a beer. Minors are welcome to paint if accompanied by an adult. For more information about weekly paintings to be featured, visit julialiveart.com/#!classes/cfl.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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