Our Story

Meet the Moens, Whimsy’s New Family!

Many moons ago, a newly engaged Hannah Criswell was looking for an amazing and totally unique bachelorette party activity. She enlisted the help of her mom, Roxane Moen, who found a paint and sip location in Erie, not far from their home. She surprised Hannah by hosting an amazing party for her and 25 of their closest and dearest ladies at Whimsy Paint and Sip! Each celebrating lady went home with a rendition of one of our most popular paintings, “Woman with Umbrella”. That was only the beginning of a Whimsy love-affair, as Roxane alone has amassed over 36 paintings to date!

Eventually, what was once a mother-daughter date night became a beloved family activity spanning several years and two Whimsy locations! It didn’t take long before Roxane’s husband Grant had a beer in one hand and a paint brush in the other, cultivating his own art skills until he eventually had his own little collection of Whimsy paintings at home! When their son Brandon came home for the holidays, he requested a special outing to Whimsy to find out why his family loved it so, and then he got the Art Bug! Their dwelling has since become a sort of colorful gallery with a special twist; each piece was handmade by a member of the family! We have had the honor of meeting each family member over the years, and even having the opportunity to watch their family grow! In July, Hannah and husband Jacob (also an avid Whimsy artist, famed for adding his own special twist to his pieces) welcomed a smiley and beautiful little boy named Lincoln Grant. He is the smallest artist we have ever had, and undoubtedly the sweetest! We can’t wait to see his first painting, though his debut may be spaghetti sauce instead of paint, and on his face rather than on canvas. But you can be sure it will be impressive nonetheless. After all, it runs in the family!

We’ve always adored keeping tabs on the goings-on of this Whimsy-Fan-Family, loving an opportunity to have them in class and catch up! So when former Whimsy owner Raye moved to Florida to be closer to her daughter Jess and made the business available for purchase, it was the perfect opportunity for Roxane and Hannah to step into the role of ownership of Whimsy Paint and Sip! With the help of Grant’s laid-back nature and sense of humor, Roxane’s warmth and artistic direction, and Hannah’s inherited wit and brilliance, the Moens are excited to be an integral part of the Whimsy Experience behind the scenes and enhance what they love about the business! You can even see the handsome Brandon behind the bar during classes wielding his wine opener and a casual wink for the ladies! Your Whimsy team is so ecstatic to have this wonderful family on board! Stop by the studio and meet our wonderful lead artist and local children’s book illustrator, Lindsey Bell! She is our master creator behind all of the artwork and will often be teaching classes at the Orchard Town Center studio! She has been with Whimsy since the beginning and with her artistic vision and love for teaching we have GROWN.  Thank you for reading our story, visit the studio and meet more of our talented team members.

Whimsy Paint and Sip Art Studio opened in January of 2011. We LOVE it. So will you!