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Paint Whatever You Like at Paint on Main

By Jake Levin

Emily Burroughs can agree that good things come to those who wait.

The drawn-out, year-long search for a perfect paint studio wound up being serendipitous, Burroughs said. Paint on Main, located in Emmaus, Pa., just happens to be in Burroughs's childhood hometown.

Her reasons for opening Paint on Main in October 2014 were twofold, she said. Burroughs saw that there was clearly a public interest in art, an interest not just limited to artists and other creative types. She also saw the need for a working environment where friends, families, co-workers and other like-minded people could gather, party and create.

"I have heard from our guests that they return to our studio because they love the charming environment and therapeutic atmosphere," Burroughs said. "They feel very welcomed and unrushed by our staff and like the quality of the paintings we offer. We have a talented team of artists who all are invested in making Paint on Main a success; I believe they all genuinely love working at the studio and that is translated to our painters' experience."

A number of fun projects and workshops are held at Paint on Main, including the "Paint Your Pet" classes. This is a favorite of both Burroughs and the clientele.

"There is such a personal connection to each painting and the pets are all outrageously adorable," Burroughs said.

Some of her favorite works currently adorning the walls of Paint on Main include the vastly different subjects of a portrait of Lenny Kravitz and the creation of a Hormel Spam can. Burroughs believes these works demonstrate that an artist can be inspired by any possible subject matter.

The studio is totally customizable, from the images you get to paint to the mediums you'll get to work on. Canvas, wood, fabric and even rocks are available; the Wine & Wood Workshop boards are yet another personal favorite for Burroughs.

The studio hosts events big and small and is accommodating for individuals as well, such as a young girl needing to earn a merit badge for girl scouts. Come the summer of 2018, Paint on Main will boast an open air studio in its own backyard.

Paint on Main is located on 217 Main St. in Emmaus. To learn more about the studio, visit its website,

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