Carrie Rengers

A new Society downtown

After more than two decades at Seneca and McLean, the Society of Decorative Painters is moving downtown.

“We’re moving to be closer to the art district so we can participate more in the art crawls,” says accounting manager Heidi Headley.

The new address is 1220 E. First St., which is just east of Old Town near First and Indiana.

“It’s a little bit smaller – not much,” Headley says of the space.

“It’s just going to make it more accessible so the public can really see what we do. Nobody knows what we really do.”

The Society is an international membership-based organization that promotes painting.

“We paint on … anything with any kind of medium,” Headley says.

“We don’t do the faux painting most people think we do,” she says.

Headley says if people go to the paint-and-sip businesses that have become popular in recent years, then they can come to the Society “and learn more and do more.”

“Our thing is we can teach anyone to paint.”

The new space will be open on Thursday.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers