Artist Emily Page has moved to Raleigh and opened her own business called Artistic Abandon! Page moved to Florida over 10 years ago following her graduation from Wake Forest University. There, she worked as a professional artist, but when the economy tanked, it became difficult to continue to support herself through art sales. She spent three years working as a paralegal helping people get their disability benefits, but she missed art. The hours at her job were too long and the work too stressful for her to have the energy to paint when she came home at night. Last summer, following her father’s diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, Page and her husband moved to Virginia into her parents’ home to help care for her dad. Her family recently placed her father in a dementia unit, leaving Page and her husband free to leave the area. Wanting to remain close enough to her parents to be able to frequently visit, but needing a state with looser liquor laws for her business than Virginia had, and remembering North Carolina fondly from her college days, Page and her husband settled on the Raleigh area.
Says Page, “I need to be able to get back home regularly so that my dad can see me and hopefully not forget me. I also need to be able to make a living as an artist. I was good at my paralegal job, but I didn’t enjoy it. Art is what I’m passionate about. But art sales aren’t dependable, so I’ve had to get creative with how to make a living. This business allows me to play with paint all day, as well as let others experience that joy. I’m trying to build a life around creativity and fun.”
Page’s business model is simple: You provide your own food and beer, wine or nonalcoholic beverages, and she will provide all of the art supplies and walk everyone in the class step-by-step through creating his or her own masterpiece in a 2-3 hour period. Artistic Abandon’s wine and paint parties are as much about having fun as they are about learning to paint. Page starts with a blank canvas just like everyone at the party, then she breaks down the painting chosen for the event so that even someone who has never painted before comes away with a finished piece. At Artistic Abandon, they emphasize letting go and having fun and enjoying the company around you while you tap into the inner artist you may not have known you have. You can book a private party or join a nightly party open to the public.
These parties are ideal for anyone who has wanted to try painting, but cannot commit to several weeks of classes. They are also a great way to shake up the average dinner party, bridal shower, fundraiser, office party, team building event, sorority party, red hat group meeting, child’s birthday party, girl scout or boy scout meeting, or just about any other event you can think of! Artistic Abandon will even bring the party to you if you choose!
Prices vary depending on the painting you choose, but generally range from $25 – $40 per attendee. You can choose from their selection of paintings, or they can create a painting specifically tailored to the theme of your event.
“Starting a business like this is terrifying. Most artists are not good business people, but I’m learning. It’s also scary to move to a city where I know almost no one. But I want to make this happen, so I have to have a little courage and take the leap. Hopefully there will be enough paint and canvas to catch my fall,” says Page.
For more information, visit us at www.ArtisticAbandon.com or call (919) 901-7385.