Find your inner artist: The Palette moves to Main Street in Grand Junction |

Find your inner artist: The Palette moves to Main Street in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
The Palette’s new location — 441 Main St., Grand Junction — now offers seating for up to 60 people.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press


WHAT: The Palette New Location opening

WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 441 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: $35

INFO:; 970-640-856969

During a typical night at The Palette, friends combine Colorado wine with creativity, painting unique scenes on canvas. Artistic talent isn’t the focus. Rather imagination and camaraderie guide the evening.

Grand Junction resident Claire Meil opened The Palette in January 2012 after seeing this type of business succeed in other communities. Already a graphic designer, she hoped to create an artistic gathering place in downtown Grand Junction.

Her vision was spot on: A quick rise in popularity means she’s moving from 205 Colorado Ave. to a new (larger) facility at 441 Main St. The grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday, July 8.

“I’m so happy people are happy and coming back,” Meil said. “ … Grand Junction is such an art community — plus I like wine. It was a bullseye.”


The Palette caters mostly to girls nights and couples. A typical session starts with a blank canvas and a glass of wine; a teacher then explains proper brush technique while demonstrating the evening’s project. Prices for a two to three hour evening range from $25-40 depending on the painting. Family and date-night classes are also available.

According to Meil, all abilities are invited to paint and class themes range from flowers, animals, and Grand Valley landscapes (including Independence Monument, peach orchards, and mountain ranges).

As the evening progresses, so does the painting. Don’t be afraid to get creative, adding personal touches to your project.

“It’s fun because you take something home with you at the end of the night,” Meil said.

The new location additionally features a private party room for small gatherings, along with a larger space for groups of 60 people.

“Come out and paint,” Meil said.

For a calender of classes and more information, visit

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