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Mansfield Native Opens 'A Canvas Social'

Feb 12, 2015 01:13PM ● By Kevin
On Jan. 31, A Canvas Social opened at 2840 N. Hwy 157, Suite 112, under the direction of owner and Mansfield native Jeff Fatherree. According to its website, "A Canvas Social offers a one-of-kind painting experience for everyone! Mansfield's new BYOB 'paint and wine' offers public painting events as well as private painting parties! Come join us and 'Let's get this painting started' where an afternoon or evening of painting, wine, music and friends turns into a party to remember! Perfect for girls/guys nights out, date nights, birthday parties, showers, corporate events, team building, fundraisers and family gatherings!"

Fatherree, a 1996 graduate of Mansfield High School, said he grew up here and thought this would be a great addition to the social aspect of the city.

"We take you through the entire process of painting your own masterpiece," the website continues. "We supply everything you'll need including canvas, paint, apron, paint brushes, cork screw, cups and expert instruction! No experience necessary! Just bring your favorite wine or beverage of choice!"

Fatherree took some time to chat with Mansfield Magazine about his new business and its future growth.

Mansfield Magazine: What makes Mansfield a good community for your type of venue?  

Fatherree: It's a great growing city that still has rural areas but is becoming it's own epicenter of entertainment and things to do.

MM: Can you talk more about the specific workshops/opportunities/perks you will offer?
Fatherree: We are offering wine an paint classes on weekend nights and some afternoons. We are also open to private events such as birthday parties, bachelorette parties, family get togethers, showers etc. we are looking at adding pottery painting classes at some point in the future. We are adding loyalty cards. Where if you come paint with us 5 times you get a free painting. 

MM: What special events do you plan to host in 2015?

We are planning a Veteran's Day event where all proceeds will go to a veterans organization. We are also doing a painting event on March 28 for Aaron Corbin an Iraq war Army veteran who has stage 4 brain cancer that was caused by the burning of hazardous waste in Iraq. A hundred percent of the profit will go to his "go fund." The military is not covering all of his medical cost and his family is really struggling. 

MM: Where do you see this venue in 5 years? What's the grande vision?  

Growing it into a regular event that people can come to and enjoy a night out to cut loose and have a good time. Possibly adding more locations. 

MM: Can you talk about ownership/management?

Fatherree: I moved off for college and ultimately ended up graduating from UTA in 2002 with a bachelors of science degree in Management Information Systems. I opened up a web marketing company in 2012 after 10 years of marketing experience. I opened up two hotels since 2011 and have collected art since I was in college. 

Our artist consist of Pam Robbins who was a Mansfield resident until recently.  Her "3 times great grandfather" is William Henry Huddle the famous artist who painted the "surrender of Santa Anna" and the portrait of Davy Crockett.  She was a previous painting instructor at TCC and has years of experience painting murals and other types of art. She has a great, engaging and funny personality. 

Kelsey Downie is a recent graduate of the university of Cincinnati and a elementary school art teacher in Fort Worth ISD. She is an excellent painter and great at teaching! Most of her family is involved in art as well as her father who is the organizer of the Main Street arts festival in Fort Worth. She has a playful out going personality and is the perfect paint and wine instructor! 

Jim Gallagher studied industrial Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of art and design. Jim is a very talented artist and has taught paint and wine classes part time for years. He has been an artist for over 40 years. He currently paints for private collections. 

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