Melinda Janiszewski is the founder of Cork and Canvas, Australia’s first paint and sip studio which is this year celebrating its seventh birthday.

Janiszewski has single handedly created a whole new category in the Australian entertainment market, specifically, the paint and sip concept. She has also lived in the US, where she achieved a number of tertiary qualifications at Penn State University, and also worked for Fortune 500 companies such as ADP in her early career.

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis Janiszewski has completely adapted her business to the current climate moving Cork and Canvas to a totally digital offering. Following the successful launch of the on-demand classes and creative kits delivered to your door, Cork and Canvas now offers private classes from 10 people to 100 people.

Those looking for a more engaging and relaxing way to do Friday team drinks on Zoom or to host a virtual birthday party can grab the paintbrushes and wine and join Cork and Canvas which is now providing a platform for you to host your very own VIP digital party. Classes include free delivery of a creative kit for each person. Corporate wellbeing is more important now than ever before and Cork and Canvas classes offer the perfect mindful activity, says Janiszewski.

Prior to migrating to Australia from the United States in 2012, Janiszewski noticed that the paint and sip concept had not yet hit the Australian shores and thus Cork and Canvas was born. Janiszewski created Cork and Canvas because she wanted to offer the perfect space for beginners to ignite their creative journey in a relaxed environment. Since opening her first studio in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, the business has expanded with two studios in the heart of South Melbourne, and two Sydney studios located in the centre of Darlinghurst and Crows Nest.

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