Until their proper display in museums, the paintings of most Renaissance masters languished for centuries on the magnet-flecked fridges of their proud mothers. Uphold art for future generations with today's Groupon to Bryant Art Gallery. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get to take two BYOB painting classes (a $50 value).
• For $45, you get $100 worth of framing services, artwork, and other merchandise.
Bryant Art Gallery bestows blank canvases, paint, and inspiration upon aspiring artists during friendly, nonjudgmental classes. The studio brims with creative energy every Wednesday night starting at 6:30 p.m., at which point students ceremoniously receive a naked 16"x20" canvas, all necessary brushes and pigments, and an invisibility cloak for their left ears. Pupils may bring a bottle of wine or helmet full of beer to class, where they'll learn to recreate the painting of the week and sprinkle it with personal flair. Groupon customers can use their two classes on separate weeks or bring a friend so that there's someone there to witness masterful strokes and overhear suave French accents. Beginning in September, artists can exercise their color theories during Thursday morning Coffee and Canvas classes, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Catering to the brush-afraid, Bryant Art Gallery also slings an array of ready-made frames and paintings. Fragile, frameless 8"x10" portraits can snuggle into the protective embrace of a prebuilt frame ($75), and fragile, recent college grads looking to preserve evidence of their four-year labors can find a durable degree display in the double-matted and framed basic diploma kit ($75). Animal portraits, landscapes, and sunsets leap from 8"x10" oil-painted canvasses ($45), enlivening living rooms, lobbies, and window views of real yet unspectacular sunsets.