Progress, and Dust

Right outside our front gallery window, in the lot north of our building, are skid loaders, tractors, trucks, and other bulldozing, earth-moving equipment. Aksarben Village is transforming…again! What fun it’s been to watch the area grow up as our own business has evolved.

Here we are, in our 5th year of business, and we’ve seen several buildings erected in Aksarben Village: Gordmans, Pacific Life, DJ’s Dugout, Residence Inn Hotel, the Tetrad building, CUE apartments, and the Broadmoor Apartment Villas. Oh yeah…almost forgot about the Baxter Arena to the south. Wow…that is A LOT in that short time, and it’s been super exciting. Now HDR, and a parking garage will create momentum for that huge empty lot and it will be fascinating to see how that evolves.

In the meantime–yeah, there’s lots of dust, but it’s a small price to pay for progress!


Why Canvas and Cabernet? Here’s 5 good reasons!

As new paint and sip studios continue to open in and around the Omaha area, you have more choices than ever for your creative entertainment. Here are the 5 TOP reasons to come to Canvas and Cabernet in Aksarben Village for your art-as-entertainment outing:

1.  Location, location, location.  Located in Aksarben Village–the heart of Omaha, there’s always something going on. There are great bars and restaurants right down the block, Stinson Park events and concerts, Omaha Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings–starting up in May, and a great vibe.

2.  Our artists are the best! Jacqueline, Gabi, Amanda, Stacia, CaSandra, Kalle…all talented artists. Several are educators; all are creative, fun, and know how to teach. Sessions are fun and lively, AND your paintings turn out awesome.

3.  Our inspiring gallery. You won’t find a dropped ceiling, dark paint, and walls filled with clutter; we are proud of our clean, light, and airy gallery feel. Not only can you paint and sip–you can shop, and who doesn’t like to shop??? Jewelry, paintings, ceramics, wood, glass….at all price points. We are open 1/2 hour before, and during paint sessions.

5. Quality team building events. Sure, you can come with a team to paint and have a great, fun social outing. However, if you want a paint and sip event with a customized painting activity related to a learning objective–Village Canvas and Cabernet is the place! We’ve got experience with groups of all sizes, and can tailor an event to meet your goal(s) and objectives.

Our corporate values are: Community, Creativity, Originality and Quality. You see it the minute you check our website, or walk into the door of our gallery. THAT sets us apart!


Holiday Season is Upon Us

In two short weeks, we will celebrate Thanksgiving (my fav-o-rite holiday!) and kick of the holiday season. We love to decorate the gallery for the holidays. We have several trees, lots of lights and garland. It makes us happy, and we know our guests appreciate it as well.

Get in the spirit, and join us for a paint session….paint a new holiday memory!


Omaha World Herald-Good Deeds

We’ve been highlighted in the Good Deeds section of the Omaha World Herald many times for our fundraising efforts; however, this is the first time the artists who volunteered their time gets the recognition they deserve! Kudos to our gang!


We Feel It, Too

We feel it too…the hint of fall in the air. Tomorrow night kicks off high school football season. Almost every store has their Halloween displays up, and certainly the school supply displays are dwindling now that school is in session.

Who doesn’t love the cooler weather? I can’t wait to dig out those sweatshirts and sweaters. Okay–so maybe we are jumping a little early, BUT– it’s NOT too early to think about painting up a door hanger for fall. You pick the shape; you pick the design. We provide the shape, paints, brushes, instruction, ribbon and even a complimentary drink–all for only $45!

Round Give Thanks Door Hanger

Pumpkin Shape

Pumpkin Shape

Best of Omaha

This year, Omaha Magazine added a couple new categories to their Best of Omaha list, and Village Canvas and Cabernet falls under: Retail–Arts and Crafts Studio/Store.

It appears to be a broad category in which national stores like Michael’s, Blick, and Hobby Lobby fit.  We love those stores, and frequent them often as well. However, we trust that our constituents will vote local, and vote for Canvas and Cabernet. Why?

We were Omaha’s first paint and sip shop; we  consign work from local artists; we are from Omaha, and support our community with generous donations and events. We could go on and on, but you get the idea. We ARE Omaha, and we humbly ask for support from our guests, friends and family. Just VOTE: BestofOmahaCanvasandCab

Thank you for your support!

Behind the Scenes

When you walk through the doors of Village Canvas and Cabernet, you may notice that we are housed within a cool architect building (DLR Group is located on the two floors above our space). You may notice the great lighting from large windows on the north and south side of our space; you will probably look at the consignment work–paintings and more, from local artists. You may enjoy the spacious ceilings and the great vibe. What you won’t see is how it gets cleaned and stays organized.

Well, today we are giving a huge shout out to those who work graciously, and almost invisibly: Janet, Addie, Andrea and more. They clean, they open case after case of canvases, they wash and fold our aprons. They roll paintbrushes into to neat bundles; they sketch our pet drawings for Paint Your Pet nights, and they fill our coolers with product. We are eternally grateful for the work they do every week and month behind the scenes.

Our First Rodeo, er–Farmers Market

With the Omaha Farmer’s Market held on Sundays–May through October each year, the traffic in Aksarben Village is just great. While our gallery is located around the corner from the “action”, we get new eyes on our space and sign every week. It’s a great benefit of being located in such a cool place in the city.

This week we participated as a vendor in the Farmer’s Market–our first time, and it was so much fun! The weather was almost perfect (outside of wind gusts that practically launched our tent into the air), it was cool and pleasant, and the traffic was steady.

Lots of friends and painting guests stopped by to say hi; individuals who were unaware of our business came to learn more. We sold some paintings, and all-in-all it was a great day. We hope to be involved at least once a month….we also hope it won’t be quite as windy!

Better Than Expected

Don’t you love it when something you plan goes better than you expected? I never anticipated the popularity and creativity of our guests with our door hanger sessions…both continually amaze me. I don’t know if it’s Pinterest driven, but the ideas that our painters have come up with are so incredible.

One thing that we do very well at Village Canvas and Cabernet is guide to the individuality of our guests. A great example is our Paint Your Pet events, where a guest is painting a furry cat, and someone else is painting a sleek Labrador retriever, and someone else an iguana. With the talent of our guiding artists, they are able to take the class step by step and ensure that everyone is successful, regardless of their painting subject.

If you popped your head in one of our door hanger sessions, you would see 20 people, each painting one of 4 or 5 various shapes–each painting their own subject matter. It’s awesome, and going way better than I ever expected!

Best. Date. Night. EVER.

So, Valentine’s Day is a big event around Village Canvas and Cabernet. Whether we have groups of friends doing “anti-Valentine’s” outings, and just spending quality time together, or couples making it a special event–we remain quite busy for the week before and after February 14th.

Three years ago, we decided to try something a little different. Sure, we could do a diptych painting, but we do those all year round…we wanted something original, something unique, something that no one else in town is doing. We came up with Paint Your Date.

Our Paint Your Date event includes a bottle of wine, appetizers and a pre-sketched canvas using the cubism style. So, basically, one side of the face is looking sideways, and the other is looking straight on. It’s very clever, and LOTS of fun to paint! It’s definitely not serious, but its definitely special.

We are holding two events this year (like last year), and anticipate both nights to sell out. The cost is $100 per couple.  Seats are limited, but still available. Hurry so you don’t get shut out!