Getting dessert with your art
Business teaches everyday person to paint
Have a cupcake while you create.
That’s the idea behind Da Vinci and Dessert.
Owner and instructor Denise McGinty travels to various venues in Monongalia, Marion, Preston and Lewis counties. She teaches groups of between
15 and 24 people to paint everything from landscapes to Christmas-themed works.
“I like to keep our events more intimate, so we can give you more one-on-one time,” she said.
Venues often provide the desserts to go along with the lesson, but if not McGinty said she brings them.
“Typically, it’s gourmet cupcakes,” she said, adding they often come from local businesses in Monongalia and Marion counties.
Events, which can be public or private, last roughly two hours. Cost is $45 per person, supplies included. Rates for nonprofit and children’s events vary.
“I really enjoyed my first time,” said Mikayla Teets, who participated in a recent gathering at Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene in Bruceton Mills. “I liked that the instructor was easy to talk to and helped us, and we had all the materials we needed.”
The ninth-grader said she will either hang the painting of flowers she created in her room, or give it to her grandmother.
While the business has no storefront, McGinty said she’s considering the possibility.
“I’m very excited about that opportunity,” she said. “I’m just working out some logistics right now.”
More concrete changes are in the works for the venture as well.
In addition to her mom, Corrine Giangiulio, who assists with the events, McGinty has hired another artist.
Ashley Teets is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in visual arts.
“She’s actually award-winning,” McGinty said. “Ashley is going to cover all the events for the Morgantown and Preston County area.”
The business has also expanded to offer kids’ birthday packages.
McGinty got the idea to open Da Vinci and Dessert in 2012 from a friend’s success with it in Charleston.
“The business has done very well in this area,” she said. “Everyone’s been very supportive.”
Da Vinci and Dessert hosts public and private events. Cost is $45 per person, plus tax, which includes supplies and dessert. Nonprofit and children’s events are priced differently. Info: davincianddessert.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-365-2370.