Our Story


paintings created since we opened


Painting with a Twist started from humble beginnings in 2007 when two enterprising women — Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney — started doing their part to rebuild their Hurricane Katrina-devastated community.

To help bring business and fun back to the community, they developed a business idea known as Corks N Canvas. The concept paired instructional art with friends, spirits and a lively instructor — or, “painting with a twist.”
The first test class was taught in Cathy’s "barn."
The first Corks N Canvas location opened November, 2007.
The concept for what would later be called the Painting with a Purpose program was created.
Cathy and Renee soon learned how much their guests loved to create individual works of art in a casual, comfortable environment that was more about “the experience” than the art class.
By 2009, Corks N Canvas had grown to four locations in the New Orleans area. Cathy and Renee decided to take their business to the next level. So, they began franchising the concept as Painting with a Twist.
The first franchised studio opened in Lafayette, LA.
Twenty-four locations opened in the first year.
Painting with a Twist is now the largest franchisor in the paint and sip category!
There are now over 364 locations in 39 states.
Staying true to its roots, Painting with a Twist is still operating from its headquarters in Mandeville, LA.

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