‘Everyday’ artists now have a new place to call home, thanks in part to Arizona residents Brad and Vanessa Kuenn, who recently opened Brightside Art Studios.

The ample, multi-purpose building is located near 10th St. and Camelback Road and offers a wide variety of services for artists and the public, including art spaces, storage, open studios, and a café that offers coffee, food and live music.  

“The mission behind Brightside Studios is to create a dream space for Phoenix artists – specifically painters – where they can hang out, work, eat, drink good coffee, and utilize a large studio to express themselves,” Kuenn said. “At Brightside, artists of all types and skill levels can enjoy our open-concept area, catered to most artistic needs.”

The studio offers more than 20 workstations that include almost everything an artist needs to bring their work to life. Perks include a “supply drop station” with various materials, including acrylic paint, which Kuenn said is “actually the good stuff,” as well as cleaning stations, art storage and a full-sized art supply store. 

According to Kuenn, studio members receive even more benefits, including keycard entry into the workstations, accessible storage space, and discounts on classes, store items and refreshments. 

The studio provides a colorful environment of creativity for many people, including those who want to take a class or are just breaking into their artistic journey. 

Brightside Studios has “Paint & Sip” workshops on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. for beginner-level participants looking for a fun weekend activity. Classes are $40 per person and include all the necessary painting supplies and a choice of beverage. 

“We have a select group of talented instructors at Brightside who specialize in paint classes, making them fun, lively and approachable for all,” Kuenn shared. 

However, the studio isn’t just for artists. The café is open to the public and offers a variety of coffee and food options. In addition to live music on the weekends, Brightside Studios wants to expand to larger events, such as art shows, food truck events and fundraisers. 

“Brightside has been working closely with the community to bring open mic nights, poetry slams, and stand-up comedy to one of our stages each month,” Kuenn said. “The best part of starting this business was doing it with my wife, Vanessa. We’ve dreamt of this project for years and feel so fortunate for the opportunity to give back to the creatives around Phoenix.”  

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