About Painting with a Twist and Corks N Canvas
Corks N Canvas was started in 2007 by
Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana. The concept pairs instructional
art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.
With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising
the business as Painting with a Twist®
in 2009. To date,
franchise locations have been sold all over the country. Headquartered in Mandeville,
the company maintains the artwork copy rights and brand direction of the franchise
locations to insure that every location produces the same fun experience by which
the company was founded on.
Founders Renee Maloney and Cathy Deano
Corks N Canvas and Painting with a Twist® are one of the largest employers of
aspiring artists. The company recognized early on that the talents and enthusiasm
of the staff were key elements to the success of the product. In just three years,
Corks N Canvas, along with the
franchise locations, has produced and owns the copyright to over 1500 pieces of
art. The collection of artwork was completed by approximately 50 instructors. Each
artwork was conceptualized and executed by the instructors with the idea of being
an easy to follow piece of art for the inexperienced painter. The artwork ranges
from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of seafood, animals,
iconic buildings and florals.
Because the company owners were both fundraisers in their previous positions, they
have maintained that a core value of the company is to be an active member of the
community and to focus on giving back. With this in mind, Painting with a Purpose
was created. Painting with a Purpose is a monthly fundraising event held at all
Corks N Canvas and Painting with a Twist® locations as a centralized effort
to raise funds that stay local in each market. The partnering nonprofits have included
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, the Al Copeland Foundation, Leaps & Bounds Sports
Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.