BIO
Below is a list of the Sips n Strokes teaching team. When you click on the class that you attend you will see who is teaching that class. We hope that putting a face to the name we help you get to know our teachers. Fell free to let us know about your experience with our team. Feedback

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Hwy 280, AL
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Barbara Grill
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Barbara Grill

Shortly after Wendy Lovoy opened her studio in Birmingham on Highway 280, I arrived home one evening from my stressful job to find my loving husband waving a Sips n Strokes ad that he’d retrieved from the mailbox in my face, saying, “You should try this!” I balked, but he encouraged me to attend because he knew I loved art and had dabbled with painting throughout our long and happy marriage. I attended my first Sips n Strokes session and loved the concept, the camaraderie, the fun, and Wendy and her wonderful staff.

I learned far more than painting techniques at Sips n Strokes; I learned to relax. I found an inner peace and personal fulfillment both as a client and, later, as an instructor and assistant with Sips n Strokes. I also learned how much hard work Wendy and her team put in to hosting evenings of pure enjoyment and fun for Sips n Strokes clients. An evening at Sips n Strokes is much like attending a great party. Really, it’s the class participants that make Sips n Strokes so successful, because their joy of painting and amazement at their own achievements create the exhilaration and festive atmosphere that abound within the walls of Sips n Strokes studios all over the country. I am excited to be back on the Sips N Strokes team and be a part of all the fun -- I missed it. Be sure that you don’t! Join me at Sips n Strokes in discovering that a blank canvas on an easel is an escape hatch to a new adventure, a story yet written, a place from within our souls – AND a lot of laughs!
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Hannah Willis
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Hannah Willis

Ever since I was little growing up in Faunsdale, AL, my twin brother and I were always getting our hands into something, and paint was one of them. Painting has always been something I have enjoyed. I love color and love creating new things, and art has allowed me to do that. Art has always been a passion to me. Every paint stroke that I put on a canvas is a part of my life that shows the viewer how I see things in my world.

As a graduate from the University of Montevallo with a double major in Sociology and Art, I have learned from my professors that when writing a paper or creating an art piece that you just do not look at and compose an image on paper, but create art with a purpose. Each piece I create has a special meaning behind it. Art is not what you see, but how you see it; and art tells a story that the artist is sharing with colors that express the nature of how the artist feels and can give the viewers a sense of inspiration. Inspiration is what I hope to give in my art and to my students at Sips N Strokes. I hope to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere that will create a night and painting that you will never forget and want to come back for some more colors you will want to put on your wall or share with your friends and family. "Let's paint the world!"

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Angie Dunham
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Angie Dunham

Teaching at Sips n Strokes is my passion! I absolutely love to play and create on stage and meet new people. Besides my job as a wife and mother, it's the best job ever!




Vestavia, AL
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Angie McDearis
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Angie McDearis

To me, painting is a total escape from the "real world" and extremely therapeutic. It allows me a chance to express my creative side that you don't always get to show being a mother of two. I love leading my class to complete a painting they never thought they could do! It's a great sense of pride to see people leave at the end of an evening with something they're proud of and enjoyed doing at the same time.


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Charla Hultsman
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Charla Hultsman

Creativity is a part of every person. It doesn't matter if you think you can or not, it is just there inside you, inside everyone. I have lived in the Birmingham, Hoover area all my life. I attended The University of Montevallo to graduate with a Bachelors in Fine Art. It will be the most enjoyable time when I can share painting and creating with the great people at Sips n Strokes.


Trussville, AL
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Jennifer Boykin-Bryan
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Jennifer Boykin-Bryan

I didn't know that I could paint until I came to my first Sips n Strokes class in August 2011. I fell in LOVE! I had no idea it could be so much fun and such a stress reliever too. I knew that night that I had to make painting part of my life. I started painting at home and going to SnS up to 4 times per week. When I was at work, I was thinking about painting. When I wasn't painting, I was thinking about when I was going to get to paint again. I had to make painting a full time job...somehow! In September 2012 I took the plunge and purchased the Trussville Studio. I enjoy teaching the kids classes and hosting birthday parties, but most of all, I am so happy to be part of the SnS family. (And I get to paint every night and continue to learn from my fabulous teachers too!)

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Jennifer Daugherty
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Jenn Daugherty

Art, to me, is not just about the end product but the experience of getting there. The emotions you feel while you're painting, and the good time that comes with it, is all part of creating a masterpiece. My name is Jenn and I've been teaching classes at Sips since 2009. My classes are always relaxing and very thorough. I break steps down one by one, so that even the people that claim "they can't even paint a stick person" will end up with a beautiful painting. I consider myself the Un-Jacking Queen, because I can un-jack most all things, so don't be scared! Grab a drink and let's do this!

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Alix Todd
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Alix Todd

I have always had my hands in some form of art for as long as I can remember. Several years ago, I was honored with the opportunity to create a large Christmas ornament for the White House tree along with students and artists from all over the country. I consider sketching and drawing to be my strongest talent along with painting. I LOVE being able to teach others step by step how to create their own masterpiece. Artwork is a passion I am so happy to share with others!

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Vanessa Hudson
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Vanessa Hudson

I couldn’t imagine my life without art. It is such a big part of who I am. For me, the only thing that is more fulfilling than creating art, is sharing art and I’m so fortunate that sips n strokes allows me to do that every week.

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Claire Foster
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Claire Foster

I have been painting and drawing most of my life. I graduated from The Alabama School of Fine Art in 2000, and then completed my BFA at the Memphis College of Art in 2007. I'm very excited to start teaching at Sips n Strokes! I love the idea of people who think they "can't" paint, and then in a few short hours they have a beautiful painting sitting in front of them!


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Haleyville, AL
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Toco Hills, GA
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Nicole Barton
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Nicole Barton

I have been painting and sketching for approximately 35 years. I vary in medium and technique and feel that we never stop learning. Teaching has become a passion for me. One that I have been involved in for more than two decades. I enjoy the individuality of all paintings. That is what makes my job so much fun! Teaching at Sips N Strokes the last couple of years has been the most wonderful experience! Come and relax and enjoy painting. You will be amazed at what you can do with simple instruction!

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East Cobb, GA
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Sandy Springs, GA
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