Christi Schaeffer, Santa Ynez Valley native is bringing the joy of art to the homes and vineyards of Santa Barbara County and beyond with her newly launched Gypsy Studios. Gypsy Studios, otherwise referred to as “Art On Wheels” or “Mobile Painting Parties,” is hosting a painting series at scenic wineries around the Valley every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Suitable for all levels, the two-hour event includes a glass of wine, canvas, paints, brushes and a trained, working artist who will break down each step of the painting process until the piece is complete. The featured painting each week will capture the unique vineyard setting belonging to the host vineyard. Each painting is inspired by the captivating landscape of the Santa Ynez Valley. At only $40 per painter—guests can walk away with a painting they’re proud of and an experience worth much more. Painters can reserve their spot at GypsyStudiosArt.com.
“Gypsy Studios is perfect for anyone—kids included! …though, maybe not at the Vineyard,” says Schaeffer. “If you’re thinking, ‘I don’t have an artistic bone in my body,’ or ‘but, I don’t know how to paint,’ don’t worry! I will walk you through the entire painting process step-by-step and won’t let you walk away with a painting you are not proud of. It’s so fun to see each artists’ unique touch. Guests are always amazed by what they’ve created!”
In addition to hosting painting parties at local vineyards, Gypsy Studios does private events throughout the entire Santa Barbara County and beyond. Private events are great for birthdays, bridal showers, date nights, team-building events and more. Parties can be held at home residences, parks, bistros or anywhere the host(ess) desires! More information about booking a private party can be found at GypsyStudiosArt.com/private-parties.
Schaeffer began her art journey at a young age, and was taught under Santa Ynez’s very own Connie Rhodes at Santa Ynez Valley High School. She then continued her studio art education at Santa Barbara City College. From there, Schaeffer took her passion abroad where she studied Art History in Florence, Italy during her early college years.
For more information on Gypsy Studios and to make a reservation for a painting party, please visit GypsyStudiosArt.com.