Kristin Malone's retail shop Home Malone turned 8 last month and with it came a myriad of accomplishments: 2 locations, selling art and objects by over 120 Southern artists, and a successful painting series that features their ever-popular door hangers, designed by Malone herself.
Paint Your Nola first started in 2015 when Le Meridien Hotel reached out to Malone to start their Art + Aperitifs program. Since then, there have been over 80 workshops led by Malone and her store managers, local artists Megan Stilb and Patricia Low. "I believe art should be fun, and even better if it's functional," Malone told Adore. For under $50, each participant walks away with a hand-painted door sign that is ready to be displayed, without the additional costs of framing.
Templates range from shotgun homes (Barracks Street house and an Uptown house) to soaring pelicans to rainbow sno-balls. A color palette is provided, but Malone says the team encourages guests to make their painting unique to them.
The parties are not just limited to door hangers. Malone says that the first party painted a wooden board featuring a detailed illustration of the skyline in New Orleans.
"We do host other artists in our space to teach their own classes such as watercolor, macrame, Shibori dyeing, and more."
The parties are frequent and are always quick to sell out. "We still have dear customers who attended the first paint party in 2015 and are still signing up 4 years later. Some have done every single design and still come back to paint with friends."
Malone and her team also host private events in-shop or out, which range from Mardi Gras krewe meetings to bachelorette parties. The community aspect has been a favorite of Malone's, especially in today's tech-obsessed world.
"It fills my heart to see friends come together, to see phones put away, to hear people make new friends, and the sense of accomplishment at the end of the night when everyone created something together, but still left with something that was unique to them."
Paint Your Nola events can be found here.