Claire & Megan
Claire Giroux-Williams and Megan Winward met in 2015 when they were both working as artists at the Burlington Paint & Sip Studio. Together they shared many fantastic memories helping people learn to love painting (and sipping). In 2017 when the studio came up for sale, Megan texted Claire and said “hey, I want to buy the studio… but I think the two of us should do it together…”. That text got the ball rolling and the two officially purchased the Burlington Paint & Sip Studio on January 14, 2019.
Together with their staff they adopted the mission to “inspire connection through creativity for all”. This comes from the fact that the philosophy of the Burlington Paint & Sip Studio goes way beyond art, in fact, art is simply the method of fulfilling the mission of connecting with others and connecting with oneself. Taking the time to relax into creativity is something important to everyone’s wellbeing, and the studio is a perfect way to spend time with family, coworkers, friends, and make new friends!
When you come to an event, you will see firsthand our mission-in-action, and will leave with a fun souvenir, but more importantly, a fantastic memory created with people you care about.
Claire was born and raised in SC and moved to Vermont in 2007. Joining the Paint and Sip family in August 2015 brought her back to her artistic roots. Claire received her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting back in 1997 from Columbia College of SC, and since has been working in higher education and non-profit development in her full-time life. She loves the time she spends at the studio helping people develop their painting skills. When not at work you will often find Claire having a cocktail with friends, hanging with her wife and dogs, and giving much unsolicited advice to anyone who will listen.
Kristin moved to Vermont after graduating with her BS in Elementary Education. She grew up in Maine, but she fell in love with everything Vermont had to offer along the way. Kristin has been a die hard crafter since the beginning, and she loves trying new mediums. If you’re ever wondering what she’s up to, it probably falls between organizing anything she can get her hands on and snuggling up with her rescues.
Co-Owner of Burlington Paint and Sip has been painting at the studio since 2015, and she knows how to party Paint and Sip Style!! She teaches a hell-of-a kids Birthday party, can party down on a Friday night with a bunch of Bachelorettes, and chill to a relaxing Mimosa Morning. She brings her “anyone can paint attitude” whenever and where-ever she is!
Natalie relocated from the NYC area in August 2020. She is a painter, digital designer and DIYer. Mixed media, found/recycled objects and crafting are her favorite ways to make art. Earning her BA in Studio Art from University at Buffalo she got acclimated to cold climates and fine arts back in 2014. Natalie loves to ski and cook (but not typically at the same time).
Shannon (they/them/theirs) came to Vermont back 2007 for undergraduate studies at St. Michael’s College, and settled permanently in 2012. After earning a BA in Fine Arts, they went to work at the Vermont Department of Health and has been there since 2013. Shannon is a grad student at St. Michael’s College and looks forward to being an art educator. Since 2019, they’ve been instructing awesome studio classes at Burlington Paint and Sip! Favorite paintings include pop culture references and all sorts of geekery. Bob Ross is a huge painting inspiration for Shannon, and his calming and anxiety-free painting stylings help lull them happily to sleep.
Annie is a recent UVM grad for plant biology and environmental science. They love doing anything creative, including visual art, songwriting, and storytelling. They also enjoy identifying wild plants and mushrooms out in the woods. They will love to find out about your passions and interests as you paint together!
Charlie (he/him) is an old north end community member, artist, cook, barber, musician, friend, joke-teller and so on and so forth. he has been teaching paint and sip for 9 years, and is very passionate about it. being able to support people who would have otherwise never picked up a paint brush to make a piece of art is why Charlie loves it. Charlie believes that art is meant to be made by everyone.