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About Painting with a Twist®

Corks N Canvas was started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist® in 2009. To date, 162 franchise locations are open all over the country. Headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana the company maintains the artwork copy rights and brand direction of the franchise locations to insure that every location produces the same fun experience by which the company was founded.

Founders Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano
Founders Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano

Corks N Canvas and Painting with a Twist® is the largest employers of aspiring artists in the country. The company recognized early on that the talents and enthusiasm of the staff were key elements to the success of the product. In just three years, Corks N Canvas, along with our 162 franchise locations, has produced and owns the copyright to over 3,500 pieces of art. Each artwork was conceptualized and executed by the instructors with the idea of being an easy to follow piece of art for the inexperienced painter. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of seafood, animals, iconic buildings and florals.

Because the company owners were both fundraisers in their previous positions, they have maintained that a core value of the company is to be an active member of the community and to focus on giving back. With this in mind, Painting with a Purpose was created. Painting with a Purpose is a monthly fundraising event held at all Corks N Canvas and Painting with a Twist® locations as a centralized effort to raise funds that stay local in each market. The partnering nonprofits have included St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, the Al Copeland Foundation, Leaps & Bounds Sports Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Painting with a Twist team!
The Painting with a Twist team and franchisees!

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