Marijuana: Puff, Pass and Paint offers a 420-friendly art experience

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Photo by Leslie Simon
Like most artists, Denver painter Heidi Keyes, seen here, was looking to expand her artistic endeavors.

Then, a friend told her to create a Colorado-style version of the popular Sip and Paint/Canvas and Cocktails events already happening: "Why not some kind of 420-friendly painting class?"

And with that, Puff, Pass and Paint was born, gaining steam and clients faster than Keyes could ever have imagined.

Westword caught up with Keyes this week to find out more about how she managed to become a professional artist and what it's like finding her way within the state of Colorado's new marijuana laws.

Westword: How did you get into painting as a profession?

Heidi Keyes: I graduated with my BA in Studio Art in 2009 and have been selling work since college as a side business. I had been selling work pretty consistently and getting a lot of requests for commissioned pieces, and the amount of hours I was putting into it wasn't jiving with working a 9-to-5 job.

About eighteen months ago, I figured that I would give being a full-time artist a try, and I'm pleased to say that I've been creating art as my primary source of income ever since.

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Painting by Heidi Keyes.
WW: How did you come up with the idea, and when did you actually take it seriously?

HK: A friend and I were discussing the idea of doing a "cocktails and canvas" class, but instead one centered around enjoying weed instead of drinking wine. She suggested I actually give it a try. At first I thought of it as kind of a joke, but I started putting some feelers out, and people were really into the idea -- like shockingly into the idea. It made me realize that this is the perfect time and place to start a painting class that is 420-friendly.

WW: How do you think the atmosphere will differ versus the wine-and-art classes?

HK: I think the atmosphere will be extremely laid-back, and people will care less about if the piece they're painting is "successful" than if they are just enjoying creating something. I'm a professional, but I will also be a laid-back instructor, and I will totally encourage people to move away from what I'm "teaching" and do their own thing. I was talking about this idea with a friend, and he said, "That sounds like so much fun, but I could never take that class. I'm a horrible artist." And I explained that it wasn't at all about that. I want people to totally get into painting, if they're feeling it, and make something awesome, but it's really more about the environment.

WW: What kind of feedback have you gotten since you announced the idea?

HK: The feedback has been...overwhelming. There are so many of these marijuana-based small businesses popping up with the recent legalization -- "ganjapreneurs", I've heard them called. But surprisingly, Puff, Pass & Paint is the first and only business of its kind, to my knowledge. I'm running the business out of my private studio at my home, so I can only fit six people maximum per class. My first two classes filled up in a day, and people are already asking when the next ones will be scheduled and requesting classes for private groups, which you can do with four or five people. It's really, really exciting.

Continue to read more of our interview with Heidi Keyes about Puff, Pass and Paint.


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Ri Ver
Ri Ver

Melissa Rabe yes, but we can just do this at my house... ;)

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Shelley Kamien Jones, you do realize you are responding to the typical bored, suburban Yank house wife that uses the Internet to spew self-aggrandizing moral butthurt to all those unfortunate enough to be subjected to such stupidity?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

If you were a traveler in space-time as you so claim, wouldn't have you discovered something far more superior already?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Actually reading and comprehending the article is not something the majority of social media DWEEBS can ever bother themselves with. For them, it's all about emotional knee-jerk reactions to the headlines that matters.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The yearly quota for douchey FL transplants is already well over capacity. (At least those from elsewhere in the South can be more easily tamed.)

NWORising
NWORising

Look, i'm not trying to dog people out for trying something new but trying to get rich off some 'donation' scam isn't gonna do anyone any good here...We need 24/7 weed bars with good bud, food, environment and music...Props to the paint by number chick, though. 'E' for effort......

Shelley Kamien Jones
Shelley Kamien Jones

I don't believe he is understanding the article...guess he thought he was on the sports page

Melissa Rabe
Melissa Rabe

Mary Maybee, they are informing us of a new event. There are going to be a lot of posts like this as new business opens this year. Get over it. We have a whole new industry opening up and if no one gets the word out, how will anyone know?

Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

Right, Westword, can you move on. Cover something more interesting and worthwhile. This is old news now, we get it! I am so tired of your commentary recently. Get some new reporters!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Guess what? The craft piss industry is also perfectly legal but I don't see you complaining about the numerous WW articles/releases on the opening/closing of microbreweries and upcoming events involving their product. Senile old coot.

Brandon Anderson
Brandon Anderson

Denver just made it to the Super Bowl and the only thing you can still talk about is WEED!?! 4FSAKE! Get over it! It's legal...we get it!

Ariel Kent
Ariel Kent

Oh... My.. Gosh.. Natasha Tanji hahaha this is exactly what we saw but even cooler

Desirae DeWitt
Desirae DeWitt

This is awesome! Dig the idea and intentions behind it =] good luck!! I will be attending one as soon as possible!

Brooke Berger
Brooke Berger

Kristin Pike Nicole Flummery Stephanie Yerman Sara Greenberg! Take me to CO!

Selin Ponce
Selin Ponce

Ashley Liane Sydney Nicole Ana Cosmatos Andrea Nolte let's do ittttt

dwulf1972
dwulf1972

IBAKE Denver would LOVE to host community classes and small events in our smoker-encouraged facilities like this!  GREAT STORY!

AlexJones
AlexJones

We need to start acting like big boys and girls and allow the opening of 'coffee shop' style weed shops in the city where people can go to sit down, smoke, and have a cup of coffee or a piece of cake and not have to worry about driving, stinking up a hotel room, or smoking in public. Until then, we are going to be un-indated with these 'boring' paint by number shops that offer a little puff of weed on the side....Does it get any more boring than this chick and her 'art' shop? Please.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

A64 doesn't allow for 24/7 weed bars.

Did you even read it before you voted for it?

DonkeyHotay
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dwulf1972
dwulf1972

@AlexJonessee #IBAKE DENVER  we have BEEN OPEN!!! 

iBAKE Denver (use to be The 24 Hour Pipe & Tobacco Shop) is now the nations first "Private Membership" Headshop that allow cannabis consumption onsite.

THIS SHOP DOES NOT SELL MARIJUANA! We do GIVE it AWAY as gifts to members of ours who spend $100 or more in the shop. Otherwise, B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bud), or come on down if you don't have any and we'll gladly SHARE with you! 
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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dwulf1972 "We do GIVE it AWAY as gifts to members of ours who spend $100 or more in the shop. "


Idiot -- contingent purchases legally negate your charade of "free", the Police and State Attorney General have clearly stated as much.


HipTip: if the "free" pot requires ANY purchase, donation or exchange of consideration, then it is legally considered a SALE, and therefore ILLEGAL for individual consenting adults under that festering turd A64 that idiots like YOU voted for.


You must have a MORON for an attorney.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== believes rapey Rob Corry's idiotic legal "advice".


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay    <------ ONDCP SHILL, pandering more Reefer-Madness propaganda bullshit for his masters, Kevin Sabet and ChrisTARD TURDstone

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