Tana Plyler – Owner, My Paint Party


I first started conducting “paint parties” at “How Great Your Art”. I was a staff artist there for a year. After HGYA closed (sadly due to the plummeting economy), I continued getting calls from clients of HGYA. They wanted me to come to their home to have paint parties! Alas, {MyPaintParty) was born in 2008. I grew my clientele and started conducting parties in churches, schools, businesses and local area restaurants. The sky was the limit! I started doing fundraisers for local charity events as far as Lakeland, Florida and Pensacola, Florida. Around two years into this paint party wildfire, I began as Managing Artist of the “Paint Your ‘Art Out” program at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida. While continuing my private paint party business, I was able to help the VAC put their program on the map as a wonderful tool to expose the community to the arts.

In 2013, I was given the wonderful opportunity to be an art gallery director at Main Street Gallery of Art. I decided to put down roots with {MyPaintParty} and planted my business inside Main Street Gallery of Art. I now have a wonderful home for my travelling paint party business…however, I will never completely come off the road. I will still continue to bring the party to your location. But I have a wonderful art studio with a festive vibe that lends itself to creativity! But, like my mom always said, I am a gypsy at heart! Have art …will travel!!!

I possess only the artistic ability that God has so generously given me. Although I have never received a formal education in art and lack so-called artistic credentials, I enjoy the talent that can only come from my Maker.

Like all artists, I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. My step-dad would sit me down at a table — no matter whose house we were visiting — and confidently say, “Draw this vase.” And with that he would commence to bragging about my ability to sketch any item set before me. To draw or paint is truly a spiritual experience for me, little understood except by fellow artists. Although the obsession with perfection is sometimes exasperating, it is truly rewarding and often surprising, even to myself, what I am able to produce. That is how I know God’s hand is at work — where else can this come from? I was fortunate to be a pioneer for the Panama City Beach community in visualizing and coordinating the first Art Camp for Kids at Pier Park the summer of 2007. It was such a rewarding experience for me to bring my love of art to so many budding young artists. I like quoting Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

I tell my adult students, “Lose the fear of doing the wrong thing on your painting. After all, it’s just a piece of canvas.”

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