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Myrtle Beach-area businesses offer a range of ways to let loose your inner artist

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, it’s not hard to find inspiration in the Myrtle Beach’s natural surroundings - the Atlantic Ocean’s whitecaps and blue waters, the gorgeous, white-sand beaches along the area’s 60 miles of coastline, and the South Carolina Lowcountry’s charming Southern scenery can all evoke a deep appreciation for beauty. And when these surroundings conjure an artistic desire to create some beauty all your own, the Myrtle Beach area also delivers a wealth of options for expressing your creative side.

The next time your inner muse comes calling, consider one of these Grand Strand businesses, where you can turn your inspiration into a DIY masterpiece:

Wine & Design - At this studio - which offers locations in both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach - artists lead two-hour painting classes that allow guests to create their very own works of art. Better yet, you can put your paint to canvas while sipping on a (BYOB) glass of wine and sharing conversation with friends new and old. Wine & Design provides all the supplies you’ll need to create your masterpiece, including the paints, brushes and canvas, so all you have to do is sign up, show up, sip up and paint! The sessions are perfect for group outings (think birthday parties, bachelorette parties, girls’ nights out, etc.), and the studio even has a dedicated space for children’s parties (without the wine, of course).

Happy Hour Paint & Wood Studio - At this independently owned studio, located on 38th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and just a 5-minute drive from The Strand Resort, a veteran art teacher with a master’s degree leads paint and sip classes. The focus is kept primarily on fun, so guests of any skill level can bring their beverage of choice and enjoy a good time while creating their own works of art on canvas, custom wooden signs, wooden decor projects and more. The studio’s step-by-step instructional process was developed over 20 years of teaching art, and the laid-back atmosphere makes for great social gatherings and team-building sessions. Visit www.happyhourpaint.com to see the projects on tap and book your session.

Conway Glass - This full-service glass company in Conway provides professionally guided classes year-round - glass-blowing classes are offered October through April, while stained-glass workshops are presented June through August. Attendees can create colorful glass artworks including ornaments, vases, bowls and paperweights (just to name a few) in the 15-minute to 3.5-hour sessions. To try your hand at something new, check out the list of instructional offerings at www.conwayglass.com.

A/R Workshop - At this “boutique DIY workshop” in Carolina Forest, professionals provide all the guidance and instruction guests need to make their own home furnishings and decor - including wood pallet signs, custom wood signs, lazy Susans, canvas pillows, centerpiece boxes and more. You can even book group sessions to create your very own works in a party-type atmosphere, complete with music, friendly conversation, wine and beer, and even dancing if the mood strikes. Check out www.arworkshop.com/myrtlebeach for more information and a calendar of upcoming sessions and projects.

Rebecca Zdybel Art Classes - Award-winning professional artist Rebecca Zdybel is one busy person. In addition to creating her own adventurous watercolor, acrylic, mixed-media and abstract artworks, not to mention leading Eat Paint Cook Tours to cultural hot spots around the globe, she directs weekly art classes in her Myrtle Beach studio located near Barefoot Landing. The classes are largely focused on watercolor, but also venture into mixed media and allow attendees of all skill levels to get personalized, fun instruction and inspiration from the artist herself. For more information, visit www.artmyrtlebeach.com.

At The Strand Resort, our prime oceanfront location in downtown Myrtle Beach is sure to inspire your inner artist. Book your next Grand Strand getaway with us today - and while you’re here, follow your muse to some of these area businesses. You’ll be able to commemorate your vacation with a DIY artistic masterpiece that you can take home and enjoy for years to come.