Meet the staff
Owner and Chief Creative Officer
Lisa grew up in a funky little creative community, Crested Butte, CO, and has always had a passion for anything creative. “My first job was making pottery in one of the quaint local shops.” she reminisces.
Other than painting she enjoys interior design, which she studied at RCTC. “I also love ceramic painting which I was able to share with others over the four years I owned Color Me Mine here in Rochester.”
On a trip to Denver in 2012, Lisa painted at a similar place called Canvas & Cocktails, and fell in love with the concept. Within a few months she opened up the studio here, and a little over a year later became a partner studio with Canvas & Cocktails. “I’m having the time of my life, and am so blessed and grateful!”
Manager, Artist & Bartender
Leah Bee is what we call an Art Head. Creative mind and soul. She has been into all things art since a child, from finger painting, beading, and sewing.. To ceramics, painting and gemology!
She is now a mommy of a beautiful, blue eyed baby boy, Abram. Also known as Abe! He was born on September 14, 2013. We held a little poll/contest for our customers to guess the day / weight of his arrival! One person guessed the right date and they won a free class! – over 100 guesses!! When she is not bartending or teaching at C&C, she is home enjoying all of her time with her little boy!
Leah has received her Accredited Jewelry Professionals degree, the study of gemstones, diamonds, design, platinum, and gold. She has an artistic eye, a passion for people, and uses her creativity in every aspect of life.
Who is your favorite artist?
Sabrina Ward Harrison. She is an author/artist. Her books are her personal journals, her ramblings of life, her artwork flows along side each word she writes. She has inspired me in many times of my life. Her work continues to inspire me to dig deep within my soul for more happiness and creativity. If you have never heard of her.. You totally have to check her out!
Favorite part of working at C&C?
How could I have one favorite part!? I love the people, our interaction with new and returning customers, the awesome paintings our staff comes up with, and of course the wine! It’s awesome to see the incredible amount of creativity that can live in just one class! People who have never even picked up a paint brush.. I am always smiling ear to ear seeing all of the master pieces at the end of each class.
Artist & Bartender
Natalie is the very busy, yet always smiling, mother and artist that teaches one of C&C’s most popular classes, “Starry Night”. She grew up in Rochester and attended John Marshall HS where she was part of the marching band and diving team. In 2010, she received a drawing, painting, and printmaking degree from Brigham Young University. As mentioned Natalie has two little red-head boys that keep her very busy as she paints and designs invitations from home.
In 2008, Natalie started her own business designing printable wedding invitations. “Many of my designs are created from my own drawings and I have been lucky to work with brides from all over the world.” she says.
She has illustrated 2 children’s books and is working on several more to be published in the next year or so. She also likes to quilt, sew, garden, and read fantasy fiction and non-fiction about the human body. “I’m also an avid podcast listener and loves to learn interesting, new things.”
What is you most embarrassing moment at C&C? During one class, I spilled twice! …someone’s drink and someone else’s paint water. And it wasn’t like I was drunk or anything… I don’t even drink!
What is your most memorable moment in a C&C class? Having my mom come in, who swears she is not artistic. She’s creative in ways, but isn’t a painter. No one would have known she wasn’t a painter after the class! I am so proud of her!
What is the best advice you give to your classes? Don’t slather on the paint or it will never dry. And don’t worry about every little brush stroke being perfect. What I love most is that everyone’s painting always turns out great but they all look different!
You can find her art blog, invitations, artwork, and more on her website www.natalieraevsky.com
– Animals, I have a soft spot for all Gods creatures. We have a pitbull, a mut, and a cat. They are my furry kids. When my boys are old enough I would love to have them volunteer with me again at paws and claws.Fav Artist…
Hands down, Clive Barker. Man of many talents! Painter, Auther, and producer/screen writer. I love all that he does. However his art,books and movies are geared to horror.I invite you to look at my Art: https://www.facebook.com/OkieDokieDayCare?ref=hl (please check back, as I change and add frequently. Feel free to like and share my page)Currently working on an Etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngelasArtPaletteParty on!
Artist & Bartender
Jamie is a mother of four, and provides an in home preschool to her son and his two favorite friends. She is also an active volunteer in the public schools and her church. She is a former social worker in a nursing home, and prior to bar tending and assisting at Canvas and Chardonnay, worked part time, with Lisa, at Color Me Mine. “I enjoy helping others and this is one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had!” she says.
What is your favorite painting to teach?
I enjoy helping with the blended backgrounds. Many people don’t quite get it at first, but when they do they have a wonderful time creating the blended colors. Then when they add the front image they seem to have more confidence in doing it well.
Favorite song during class?
I like the Annie Lenox songs, Michael Jackson, Trisha Yearwood… We have an awesome range of music to encourage creativity and an atmosphere for singing along.
Artist & Bartender
Her hobbies include reading anything from science fictioin to philosphy, researching recipes, cultures, and obsessing over anything Doctor Who. “Yes, I’m a total geek!”
Artist & Bartender