Owner Samantha Centers opened The Paint Shack almost two months ago and said the public response has been positive.
"People need a place to gather and get together and spend some quality time together. Instead of just watching TV or a movie, you get to come out and get some culture and enjoy each other's company," Centers, a professional artist, said. "My hope is that it will inspire everyone to be creative."
With weekend events for both children and adults, the public paint studio employs three art instructors to aid beginners or experienced painters.
"It's a painting studio that is open to the public. It is designed for families, children, singles to come in and they can either have a guided step-by-step class or they can come in and do freestyle art," said Art Instructor Katie Boliver. "We have guided, step-by-step classes where we'll have a painting instructor up front and everyone would be doing the same painting. We do kids' birthday parties, we do private events ... I've done a lot of business parties, we'll do a lot of Christmas parties -- and then you also have girls' night out, wedding parties and bridal showers.
"Or there's open studio. With that, we can pre-sketch any designs that the painting requires or they can just look at it and come in and do their own thing."
With normal operating hours Tuesday through Saturday, The Paint Shack is available for open studio during regular hours and by appointment after hours for private events. Special events also are held regularly by the studio, including charity benefits with a portion of proceeds going to a special cause. Earlier this month, the studio hosted a themed children's event with pirates and mermaids.
"This is really unique and versatile," Boliver said. "All the families love it, all the kids love it. We had a big event two Saturdays ago and we called it Shipwreck Saturday.
"A lot of the families and especially the parents, they say that there's nothing for the kids to do in Cartersville."
The Paint Shack Paint Studio, in the Cartersville Plaza Shopping Center on Nelson Street, has room for 40 or 50 people to participate at any one time. A canvas, paint, brushes and all the necessary materials are provided for guests at the studio. The Paint Shack uses acrylic paint to help introduce novice painters.
"Acrylic is a lot easier to use than oil. Oil takes a lot longer to dry and it's extremely expensive," Boliver said. "For beginner painters, acrylic is a lot easier. We use little hair dryers and fans and it dries within about four minutes, so you can start and finish a painting in two hours and it will be completely dry."
Reservations are taken for private events and appointments can be made before open studio sessions so that a workstation can be prepared.
A popular trend in cities across the country has seen a rise in art classes where participants bring alcoholic beverages with them to the studio. The Paint Shack hopes to soon join the trend as Centers continues to work with the Cartersville City Council in an effort to allow for a business to host "bring your own beverage" events.
As the law currently stands, The Paint Shack encourages all customers to bring snacks and any non-alcoholic beverages to classes and open-studio sessions.
"We let people bring their own food and refreshments while they're in open studio or during a class," Boliver said. "Because art and food just go together. You need to have something to drink and to nibble on while you're painting."
The next scheduled public class is Saturday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. for participants 14 and older. Boliver will guide guests in the process of painting a rooster. The next themed children's event will be a superhero and Angry Birds class on Saturday, Sept. 8. Reservations are needed for both events.
The Paint Shack Paint Studio, 280 Nelson St., is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 770-334-2941 or search for "The Paint Shack Paint Studio" at www.facebook.com.