Almost anyone who has ever tried to make a career out of a passion knows what a difficult endeavor it can be. Just ask Christi Schaeffer, founder of Gypsy Studios in Santa Ynez, a movable art studio where adult students can paint while sipping wine at local vineyards. “I love what I do,” says Schaeffer. “Gypsy Studios incorporates all of my favorite things—art, people, nature and wine. It’s a long story of a wayward career journey, trying to exercise my creative talents, but something was always missing.”
When Schaeffer first moved to the valley in high school, she didn’t appreciate the natural beauty that surrounded her, but now she’s changed her tune. “I absolutely love introducing others to painting, nature and the beauty of the valley,” she says. Now that Schaeffer has found a way to blend her two passions into a successful business venture, there’s no stopping her.
To sign up for a class, click on gypsystudiosart.com. One glass of wine, a canvas and paint are included in the price of a ticket. Gypsy Studios also collaborates with private parties and events.
Originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.