HYDE PARK — Andy Hartson was surrounded by women drinking wine and painting on a recent evening.
The 26-year-old didn’t mind. He went to the “painting party” at Irish 31 with his girlfriend, Kali Tenbieg, 26, because she works in Hyde Park and they “wanted to check out” the first Uncorked Occasions, he said.
They were among a dozen participants in the event, set to become a monthly feature at the Hyde Park restaurant. It is a partnership between the restaurant and Color Me Mine, a paint-it-yourself ceramics studio, as well as Canyon Wines.
At each session, participants make a craft project, drink wine and have their wine bottle “slumped” later into a cheese tray.
The first project was painting a wine stopper. Possible future projects include a wine holder, wine glasses and holiday wine charm.
Guests got instructions from Color Me Mine owner Naomi Mizell and painted rainbows, football team logos, their initials and other designs as they chatted and drank.
“You don’t have to be Picasso to come up with something,” said Mizell.
Melissa Maloney, director of marketing for Irish 31, said they hope to do bigger pieces closer to the holidays that could be used as gifts.
Maloney said participants do not have to finish their bottle of wine at the event. It can be corked and taken home or dropped off at the ceramics studio later. There it will be fired and compressed, and participants can decorate it when they pick it up.