Looking to unleash your creative side? Look no further than Canvas-N-Cocktails, an evening of painting while enjoying a glass of wine.

These unique types of events have been gaining popularity, but before now, people in Ellicottville and the surrounding towns had to drive quite a ways to take part in the fun. Now, thanks to Rebecca Szpaicher, these interactive classes are so much closer!

The way it works: each night, a different painting is featured. Choose the painting and location that works best, then show up and get to work on your materpiece while enjoying great conversation with friends.

You don’t need to be a seasoned artist to attend—you just need a desire to paint! Szpaicher, an art teacher by trade, will talk you through the simple yet decorative painting. You’ll leave with a fantastic keepsake for only $30.

Upcoming events are scheduled for the following days and locations: Thursday, Dec. 4 at The Barn Restaurant (6 p.m.), Monday, Dec. 8 and Papa Jake’s in Springville (4:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Dec. 9 at The Gin Mill (6 p.m.) and Thursday, Dec. 18 at The Barn Restaurant (6 p.m.). Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 716-560-7489 or emailing canvasncocktailsny.com.

For more information, and to see what paintings will be done on what nights, visit www.facebook.com/canvasncocktails.