Art aficionado enters new business endeavor

Created by New London resident Marianne Jerrell, Discover Your Palette offers a mix of art, food and beverage in a relaxed setting. Courtesy photo

In creating a new business – Discover Your Palette – New London Township resident Marianne Jerrell has paired two of her interests together, art and wine.

'Being a graphic designer, I was very much into the arts, and of course, we all like to have a glass of wine once in a while,' Jerrell said.

Discover Your Palette is a two-hour program featuring a local artist, wine and food, where participants create their own painted version of the guest artist's work. In June, Jerrell has set up dates at Muse restaurant in Oxford and Paradocx Vineyard in Landenberg.

'I don't want a brick-and-mortar place, because I'd like to move the business around,' Jarrell said. 'So, I went out and looked for locations.'

In addition to set events, the business is designed to accommodate birthdays, bridal showers, couples and women's outings, school reunions and other gatherings.

After working as a graphic designer for nearly three decades, Jerrell began designing jewelry, but shut the operation down when the economy tanked. In 2011, she opened a bakery out of her home, but decided to try something new this year.

Jarrell started piecing together the operation in January. Part of the planning included getting local artists on board.

'With my background, I knew a lot of people in the business, so I was able to have them bring me their work and interview them,' Jerrell said. 'Right now I have two, and three more are interested.'

So far, Jarrell has brought on LouLou Marshall and A. Zoe Rodriguez. Marshall is a children's room designer, muralist and illustrator, while Rodriguez specializes in painting, tattooing, photography and floral design.

Jarrell supplies the paint, brushes, canvases and aprons in a leisure-based setting.

'I don't want to call it a class because we really don't come away knowing how to paint,' Jarrell said. 'It's basically going and relaxing, painting with the instructor and in two hours you have a 16-by-20 acrylic painting ready to be hung in your home. There's no talent or experience required.'

At the conclusion of each session, part of the enjoyment for Jarrell is seeing the variety of completed artwork.

'Everyone's is different, and that's kind of a neat thing to see at the end of the day,' Jarrell said.

To register for an upcoming session, log on to www.discoveryourpalette.com.

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