Our featured partner this week is The Paint Mill’s creative and innovative owner, Lana Riverol. The Paint Mill serves as Yukon’s destination for canvas painting and craft classes.
You recently became a new owner of The Paint Mill. Can you tell us about your background and how you became interested in the art class business?
I have always been artistic and was fortunate to have parents that supported me. I grew up being the “crafty one” but saw friends and classmates struggle with what came naturally to me. Through different job opportunities I was lucky to pick up tips and tricks for helping students achieve their craft and canvas goals. In 2015, my husband and I moved to Yukon with our son and soon-to-be baby girl. After a few years living in the city I was ready to take on a new project. Yukon is bursting at the seams with new families like us and we wanted to have a place adults could come enjoy a glass of wine and create some great art! After some prayer, hard work, and collaboration with the previous owner, The Paint Mill was re-created in its new location in April 2017.
What are some of the activities offered at The Paint Mill?
We offer both Crafts and Canvas classes and open studio times. We have Canvas in multiple sizes to paint as well as wooden boards. We also offer DIY beer openers, jewelry hangers, concrete coasters, string art and more!
Your studio offers rental space to host a variety of art class events such as birthdays and corporate functions. What does a fundraiser night entail?
Fundraisers are a big part of The Paint Mill. We love to help our community so we host about one every month. We are open to larger organizations as well as youth sports and others to help as much as we can. A portion of every seat goes directly to the fundraiser and often a small raffle to raise funds as well. You can expect a fun atmosphere and a good time while helping out a good cause.
Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?
When I first found out about that OKCityCard I knew it was something I wanted to participate in. I think it’s a great concept to enhance our community and getting people to try something new, while again supporting a great cause!
What do the arts mean to you? Why are the arts important for our community?
I think the arts are so important to our youth as well as many adults in the community for a lot of the same reasons. They provide an outlet to express yourself and a task to distract you from the worries of the day. Over the years, art for me has been a kind friend to listen and distract. I think it’s important to do things just for fun as well. Sometimes we get so caught up in making that grade or meeting that deadline that we forget to enjoy the company and community of others, and I think art helps us all remember to do that a little more.
The Paint Mill is located at 10 W Main St, Yukon, OK 73099. You can reach them at 405.761.5878 and on their website at http://www.thepaintmill.com. The Paint Mill offers 10% off any open studio class and $50 off birthday parties with your OKCityCard.