Studio offers place for art, cooking enthusiasts
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Local art and cooking enthusiasts have a new hangout in the Spa City with the opening of new business Serendipity Arts Studio.
Located at 26D Congress St. in Congress Plaza, the studio offers regular culinary and art programs for children, teens and adults, taught by artists and chefs from around the region, as well as members from the local business community.
“Serendipity Arts is a crossroads of creativity,” said owner Patrice Mastrianni in a news release. “Local artists and chefs can share their talents with residents and visitors of Saratoga in a relaxed and beautiful creative space.”
Mastrianni has been hosting and instructing art programs in the Capital District for more than 35 years and is also the previous owner of Creative Sparks Pottery on Phila Street in downtown Saratoga Springs.
Her latest endeavor, Serendipity Arts Studio, opened in August. Since then, she’s noticed that everyone who enters the studio wants to play in the kitchen -- even children.
One of the most popular demographics at Serendipity Arts Studio are preschoolers, who participate in interactive classes that nurture social skills and confidence. Even if they’re just learning the basics -- like how to stir or mixing frosting to make different colors -- Mastrianni said, “They love it.”
Kids Nite Out and Teen Nite Out also offer the opportunity to cook and share a multi-course meal while socializing with other kids in the same age group.
Culinary programs, which are also held for adults, range from basic kitchen techniques to traditional and gourmet cuisine.
“A lot of people really don’t know how to cook, and they want to know how to cook,” Mastrianni said.
Art classes include glass fusion, beading, mosaics, fabric and clay arts. These classes are offered for all ages as well.
Serendipity Arts Studio has partnered with local chefs and artists for day, evening and weekend classes, which are typically two hours long, and 1.5 hours for preschoolers. Instructors include chefs Shannon Beckwith, Hayley Miller, Philomena Aceto and Joe Marosek, plus artists Cynthia Fiorini, Kristen Dahms, Sue Lecuyer and Mastrianni, herself.
Mastrianni, a College of St. Rose studio arts graduate, also has extensive teaching experience. She served as marketing and art program manager for the Saratoga Senior Center, and more recently coordinated marketing for Saratoga Olive Oil Co., through which she learned that Saratoga Springs has a real passion for food.
Since there wasn’t a certified teaching kitchen locally, Mastrianni decided to open an unstructured space that could offer both art and cooking to fill a void in the community. The space is available for showers, girls nights out, team building activities, dinner parties with a guest chef, or any other event. By utilizing the studio space, hosts don’t have a mess to clean after the party.
“It’s very informal here,” Mastrianni said. “It’s just so much fun.”
The studio does not hold a liquor license but offers a “bring your own” alcohol policy for private adult events.
As Saratoga Springs continues to grow and attract people from around the world, Serendipity Arts Studio provides a place where people can enjoy food, art, and become more acquainted with the talent the area has to offer.
Serendipity Arts Studio is always looking to collaborate with other local business and bring in new instructors. The studio, which can seat up to 20 guests, offers a site for other businesses and community members to have a public demonstration space, should they like to share their skills.
Mastrianni strives to be accommodating with pricing. Classes start at $10 for preschoolers, $30 for kids and teens, and $40 for adults. Parties start at $25 per person, and can be customized to the host’s liking and budget.
Gift certificates to Serendipity Arts Studio are also available.
Upcoming October classes include Healthy Recipes for Women in Their Prime, a Mexican-themed Kids Night Out, Greek Island cooking, a simple harvest supper with chef Philomena Aceto, Indian appetizers with Nafeesa Koslik, pottery pumpkin-making and painting in the style of Georgia O’Keefe.
In the future, Mastrianni plans to have beer and wine making classes at the studio as well.
For more information, a calendar of events, and online booking visit www.SerendipityArtsStudio.com. Hardcopy schedules of events are available at the studio, which is open during class hours only.
To reach Serendipity Arts Studio directly call 886-9553.
Lauren Halligan may be reached at 290-1443.
POSTED: 10/01/15, 8:17 AM EDT Read the Full Article at the Saratogian