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New art studio to debut at Tamarack Village

A recent event in Lake Elmo had Cheers Pablo artists teaching a number of attendees how to paint and take a painting home. Courtesy of Jenny Bedard Photography

How about a glass of wine, an h'orderve and a paint brush?

A new business coming to Tamarack Village in Woodbury plans to offer just that - by teaching you how to paint while enjoying food and drinks at the same time.

Woodbury residents John and Chriscell Bedard have decided to open "Cheers Pablo" to put Chriscell's painting and teaching skills to use.

Chriscell, who's been a local artist for 27 years, will bring different techniques to the business that will offer opportunities to paint various pictures.

"It's a social gathering spot where you can eat, drink and paint," John Bedard said.

Cheers Pablo will be a painting studio, decorated with vintage, yet artsy and modern touches.

The space, located next door to Lens Crafters, is still in the stages of renovations with plans to open in January.

Cheers Pablo customers can sign up online for classes that will mainly be held in the evening between 6-9 p.m. Customers pick which day and which picture they'd like to go home with.

John Bedard said anyone can register for an evening at Cheers Pablo - from those who've never held a paint brush before, to other experienced artists.

The business is also planning to host corporate events, birthday parties, or private gatherings at customers' homes where the artist gives the painting lesson.

Each event will last about three hours.

"They've just got to come with their sunny disposition and leave all that negative outside," said Mary Belisle, events coordinator for Cheers Pablo.

Cheers Pablo will provide the 16- by 20-inch canvas, brushes, apron and lessons from the various community artists.

Each artist will show attendees step-by-step instructions on how to use the brushes, what colors to use and stroke techniques. By the time they're done, they'll have a new painting to take home.

Most paintings will be done with acrylic paint, however, some watercolor lessons will also be offered.

The calendar will be posted at and will include family day on Sunday, couples' night and Saturday morning kids' classes.

Cheers Pablo will be open from noon to 9 p.m. with classes held in the evening and time for group events during the day.

"As we get going and build the business, we'll be offering other time frames also," John Bedard said.

The name of the business came up in a brainstorming session between all of those involved in the opening process, he added.

Bedard said the word cheers will symbolize the part of the businesses where people can kick back and relax with a drink. Pablo is a reference to the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

"We really think that this concept will be viable here," John Bedard said.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.