Wild Brush Revival painting studio plans to open on Block Avenue

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A new business that offers group painting classes and a wine bar is coming to Block Avenue soon.

The business, called Wild Brush Revival, will be located at 106 N. Block Ave., in the space formerly home to Dark Star visuals.

A previous version of the business by owner Leslie Wright, who was an art teacher in the public school system, called Wild Brush Studio was open in McKinney, Texas, but closed in 2021. Wright since relocated to Fayetteville, and has been working on reopening the business here in town.

“I brought my daughter for a college visit in 2011 and fell in love with the area secretly hoping I could one day move here,” she said. “Fast-forward 11 years and both my daughter and son are UA alumni. The eldest married a Fayetteville native and they made their home here. Soon my granddaughter arrived on the scene and I was smitten. Upon retirement from the school system in Texas I immediately began pursuing this very opportunity.”

The new business in Fayetteville will focus on painting workshops, parties, and group events, and will offer wine-by-the-glass, wine cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic refreshments, Wright said. Small charcuterie cups and boxes, and cookie samplers will also be served.

In addition to acrylic painting, the new location will expand to other forms of art making, she said, and the bar will also be open to non-art makers who’d like to stop by for a beverage or snack at the businesses indoor and outdoor seating areas.

If all goes well, Wright said she hopes to be up and running in Fayetteville around mid-October this year.