Don’t be surprised if your holiday party invite tells you to forgo the cocktail dress and wear your paint-ready attire this year. Local party-and-paint art studio, Create & Sip, is not only bringing the community together for public paint sessions, but it bills itself as the new trend in celebrations.

The Create & Sip studio in Roseburg opened in 2015 and has continually grown in popularity. In addition to the studio providing a fresh and unique spin on the usual girls night out, work holiday party, or kids birthday — owners Crystal and Gary Unrue said it has been exciting to see entire families come in and make the experience a routine family event that everyone enjoys.

“We have families that come religiously every month, from grandma down to grandkids,” Crystal Unrue said. “They are so regular, we’ve gotten to know a lot of them really well.”

The studio has booked events for birthday parties, corporate team building, baby showers, bridal showers and family reunions, and more. Generally, Create & Sip has three or more public nights per week that invite the community in on a drop-by basis, as well as hosts family paints on the second Sunday of each month.

“The family paints have been really, really popular. It’s great because the whole family can afford it. We sell out two classes back to back and usually see over 70 painters,” Crystal Unrue said.

The Unrues moved to Roseburg from California before opening the studio. Crystal Unrue was previously an event coordinator at a winery and tossed around ideas for what she would do now in their new hometown. Crystal Unrue discovered the paint-and-sip trend, learned the technique, practiced painting a bit, and then decided to try it in Roseburg.

“There aren’t a lot of great things to do in Roseburg. When we opened, I wasn’t sure if we would survive here but the support has been amazing,” she said.

The studio doubled every year during the first three years financially and with event bookings. They’ve continued to see growth, so much that over a year ago they decided to open a second studio space at 413 SE Jackson St. for smaller parties.

“We had been turning away business because we were so booked,” Unrue said. Create & Sip averages eight to 10 events per week.

The Unrues decided to name the business “Create & Sip” so they wouldn’t be limited to just painting. The studio also recently added a splatter room, and does a variety of other crafts.

“We try and offer different things that a lot of paint studios do not — we try and keep it fun,” said Crystal Unrue. She added that even the skeptics that come in and say they “can’t paint,” usually leave happy with their product.

The Unrues have loved how the studio continues to bring the community together — bringing families and friends together. Gary Unrue will trace several hundred paintings per week — but Crystal Unrue said it is worth it. “It keeps us busy, but we love it. This gives people a place to do something fun and we are grateful for the community.”

The owners also do a lot of fundraisers, and are passionate about giving back.

Crystal Unrue said it is also a good idea to book a party at least a month or two in advance, and during the holidays even farther in advance.

The studios are located at 1019 SE Douglas Ave. and 413 SE Jackson St.

Brittany Arnold is the event manager for the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership and a freelance writer. You can contact her at

Brittany Arnold is the event manager for the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership and a freelance writer. You can contact her at

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