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the sound of church bells on one side,

the sound of records spinning on the other.

how does that badger you inside?

the decision between family accordance

or right.

your photographs hashtag: blessed.

but your photos show a slip of skin

to a dip in the tune.

you’re out of self-control.

your vocals don’t add up

to the movement in your hips.

the church bells are ringing.

they’re calling to claim your soul

but you’re still dancing.

hesitant. they see it in your eyes.

but we all know,

freedom comes with a price.

5 April 17


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you hold onto the fire

like it would burn you alive to let go.

you left me with third degree burns;

every word that left your lips,

that put tireless hands to work

in typing up my demise

and sending it without a second thought.

then you ran. you hid behind the pain

you caused me, as if i hurt you.

you tore me down to pieces.

pointed fingers that weren’t clean

and deemed me unfit to carry.

no matter how irresponsible your choices;

i never would’ve made you feel badly

for being human. for choosing your own road.

but you did. i don’t know why.

and i don’t search for validation

for your unforgivable use

of a beautiful language.

you hurt me.

and you don’t get to deem yourself

a good friend

for not acknowledging that.


-Allison Ryder

you matter 


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all those posts you see from those lovers || family || friends who are not posting things about you, who keep it for when you guys are together because the world shouldn’t know your business. who are too afraid what people make think based on who you are || mistakes made || type of relationship, what they’re doing makes them an asshole and you matter. all those people telling you you’re too fat or not beautiful, they’re acting like assholes and you are beautiful no matter what. all those people who treat you like shit, they’re shit but you matter. silence is for cowards. so all those people not speaking up for you, to defend you, of their love for you, don’t let them silence your voice. you matter. if you matter to them and they won’t show it to the world, you probably don’t matter to them but you do matter. people are assholes who do asshole things and say fucked up shit to hurt people and not everyone can deal with the horrible humans people have evolved into. how do you deal with the fakeness, the lies, the deceit, the cheating, the caring more about what the world thinks than how you treat the people you love, the distrust, the disrespect, the using, the taking, the selfish ways, the breaking, the outward and intentional hurt. how does anyone deal with that. people acting like they’re better than you, friends acting fake, lovers tainting love. it’s a terrible epidemic but you matter and you’re better than them so go and make this world beautiful again, make people know what it means to be a good person in a world of grim reapers. – Allison Ryder 



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i ask so many questions because i want to know everything so i can be prepared, incase some utter betrayal or heartbreak is coming. while people don’t generally announce things like that, they do hint at them. but i should’ve learned with my fathers passing and countless heartbreaks over the years, that knowing it’s coming doesn’t ease the heartbreak, it doesn’t necessarily make you prepare any better. so maybe i need to loosen the reins and stop trying to control the outcome. because that just turns everything into a fight, which only creates heartbreak where i was attempting to prevent it.

-Allison Ryder 

Paint. Drink. Live. 


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Paint. Drink. Live; “Because Your Mind Matters”By: Allison Ryder


“I am fine.” Those three little words are like a loaded gun. Often times, they are the staple to depression.


“I’ve had enough.” We’ve all said it but for someone suffering from mental illness, it’s a reality that they’re unable to escape from.


According to statistics, there are 121 suicides on average, per day. For every suicide, there are 25 people who attempt suicide. Suicide is not a sign of weakness, it is an act committed by someone who is unable to absorb the intense pain that they are feeling in a tolerable way and move forward from it, move forward from various unimaginable circumstances and heartache. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides a safe haven for those who have lost someone, or those who have tried or who are contemplating suicide. They implement scientific methods to better assist in preventing this extremely common tragedy.


It’s easy to overlook someone’s emotions because we all have our own that we deal with on a daily basis but it’s not easy to overlook those statistics.


This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart and to all of us at Pinot’s Palette. Miss Staten Island, Allison DeLuca, is an advocate of “Because Your Mind Matters,” bringing awareness and support to those suffering from mental illness or those who have lost someone to mental illness. She is hosting a fundraiser at Pinot’s Palette North Shore where $15 per painter will be donated to the cause. The event is on Tuesday, March 21st beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are priced at $45 per painter and can be bought via our website or by calling and making a reservation.


You cannot be there every day of someone’s life nor can you be responsible for every decision those you love make but you can be there for them through their suffering. You can offer a hand to help or an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. You may not be able to pinpoint all those who are silently suffering but you can stand with them. You can make a difference with your support, your time, and your generosity. Mental illness is a darkness and darkness can only be driven out with light. Anyone who comes to this outstanding display of support is a form of light, a symbol of hope. Unified, we can raise awareness and prevent future attempts by creating mechanisms and safe havens so suicide is no longer the only visible option in times of despair. This is a cause that needs people who will fight for recovery, who will not give up, and who have a strong support system helping them to light the way.


So put away those bad days, pick up a paintbrush, and join us on March 21st to help those who are suffering, make way to a brighter day.


Top 10 Reasons Pinot’s Palette North Shore Should be #1 on your To Do List


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Top 10 Reasons Pinot’s Palette North Shore Should be #1 on your To Do List

By: Allison Ryder


  1. We defer from the norm.


Instead of hosting another Birthday dinner or bridal shower at a catering hall, and instead of the same old afternoon looking for somewhere new to go (probably off the island), we offer an innovative and creative experience. We mix art, nightlife, and opportunity to create a memorable experience and masterpiece you’ll keep forever. You get to sit back and relax with a drink in hand, catch up with your favorite people, and learn to paint your own unique masterpiece from start to finish J


  1. Local Artists.


Our Artists do not all have education backgrounds or experience teaching but they are all artists. They come from all over Staten Island to share with you, their talent and their passion, providing you with a memorable class where you develop your own painting skills. You get to interact with them on a personable level and for some, it provides the foundation to build a relationship – whether as an aspiring artist, as a mother who is looking for a hobby, as a child who is looking for an outlet. The Artists we have here provide the studio with a sense of home, here on Staten Island.


  1. You don’t need to be an artist to attend.


Never painted before? Stick figures are your forte? No problem. This is an awesome environment for everyone. Whether you’re just looking for something new to do, something to share with your child, or somewhere to learn new painting techniques because deep down, you’re an artist at heart.


  1. Wine Tasting.


Taste a new wine before enjoying a glass while you paint. What better way to spend your day than relaxing with a beer, hard cider, or glass of wine and a paintbrush in hand. We also offer soda, juice, bottled water, and coffee.


  1. Date Night Paintings.


These paintings are perfect to share with that special someone in your life – whether romantic, family, or your best friend. While you’re working on your own canvas, your “date” is working on theirs, and at the end of the night, you push the two together to make the painting whole.


  1. Painting is the new yoga.


We are always looking for ways to let loose, relax, and express ourselves. We want to escape the busyness of our lives and the chaos of our schedules. Our painting classes provides the opportunity to do so. Whether with a group or by yourself, painting is its own form of therapy and 9 out of 10 times, it will become your newest and most favorite hobby.


  1. Something for all ages.


Pinot’s Palette NS is a place of diversity; a place where all ages can come together and be a part of something beautiful. We host both adult parties and events, and children’s parties, boy/girl scout events, and school trips. We offer paintings that are easier for younger kids and ones that are perfect for all ages. Our paintings are for both women and men, as well.


  1. Girl’s Night Out.


Food, drinks, activity, and good music – you can’t go wrong. Whether you’re looking for old school or 80’s music, or some new R&B and hip-hop, our events are never without pumping tunes to fuel good vibes. So grab your ladies and paint your way through Staten Island with a wine glass that never empties. And while some establishments require you to indulge in their food selections, we allow you to bring any food and snacks you please to any public class or private party. This is the kind of girl’s night you won’t forget and you’ll always have your own masterpiece to remember the night 😉


  1. Painting it Forward.


Who doesn’t like to give back? Who doesn’t want to do more? To offer a hand where we can? Pinot’s Palette NS hosts various fundraisers, donating money per painter towards cette specific charity. Upcoming we have two fundraisers for March for Babies – one is a glass class Wednesday February 15th 2017 at $40 per painter with $15 being donated to the March of Dimes. Friday March 31st 2017, painters will be painting “Colorful Swirl Sky” which is $40 per painter with $10 being donated to March for Babies.


Pinot’s Palette also partnered up with the after-school theatre program – “The Standing Ovation Players,” at $35 per painter with $5 being donated per painter.


Paint it Forward and book your next fundraiser with us now! Or reserve your seat for one of the many, where donations go to a life changing cause.


  1. We’re local.


Instead of looking for something to add to your bucket list that’s out of state, our North Shore studio gives Staten Islanders something new and local to take part in. It’s this fun afternoon or night to get together and enjoy ourselves, with so many people from our own hometown. It provides the opportunity for different neighborhoods to come together and make new friendships and create new memories. It’s not something you have to go into the city for or travel to another state to do, it’s right here in your own backyard.

Painting it Forward


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Painting it Forward

-Allison Ryder


Pinot’s Palette is hosting not one but two fundraisers for March for Babies (previously named March of Dimes). The first March of Dimes walkathon was held in 1970 and now, it is held yearly in over one thousand communities across the nation. Donations will be made per painter at both of these events and all proceeds help fund research to prevent premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

In doing an event such as Painting it Forward, they provide the platform for foundations to raise money for various causes near and dear to their heart. The hope is to tie the diversities of society with art, to fight for a cause through self-expression. Pinot’s Palette not only provides a fun atmosphere where painters can express and customize their creativity, but it’s a uniquely enjoyable method to benefit both the person donating and the fun they are giving back to.


One fundraiser is through the March for Babies organization on Wednesday, February 15th 2017 from 7-9pm (Arrive at 6:30pm). This glass class allows painters to be expressive with purple hearts and St. Patrick’s Day designs. Purple is the symbolic color for March for Babies. Pay $40 for your wine glass set, with knowledge that a part of that money will be helping those who cannot fight for themselves.




“Wine Glass Class” February 15th 2017

Our second fundraiser will be held by IS 51 in honor of March for Babies. On Friday March 31st 2017, painters will be painting “Colorful Swirly Sky” from 6-8pm (Arrive at 5:30pm). At $40 per painter, $10 will be donated per painter to the March for Babies foundation.




“Colorful Swirl Sky” March 31st 2017


Pinot’s Palette is a business with compassionate and ambitious acts to give back to the community. They set the bar for art, allowing it to act as a voice; it’s a form of self-expression, a method of action, a way to come together and raise awareness and funds for the causes that matter to the people of Staten Island.



Galentine’s Day: Pinot’s Palette Style


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Galentine’s Day Pinot’s Palette Style

-Allison Ryder


As Valentine’s Day approaches, whether you’re single or taken, Pinot’s Palette North Shore has your back. All you need is a full glass of wine, music with an encouragement to sing, dance, and let loose, all your ladies, a paintbrush, and Galentine’s Day. This combination makes for a memorable experience.

“Galentine’s Day” is a fictional holiday that occurs the day before Valentine’s Day and this one is for the ladies – best friends, sisters, mothers, aunts – all the special women in your life. We, at Pinot’s Palette love the concept so much, it doesn’t last for a day but for the entire month of February. Some people love the romantic rose petals, chocolate, and thoughtful dates, some people hate the entire concept of it, and some people believe in 365 days of love, but the consensus is that everyone loves Galentine’s Day.

G-Day provides plenty of opportunities to make time. Make time for those best friends whose schedules never seem to fit yours. Make that time to take your mom out on a mother/daughter date. Make time to celebrate you. We give you a place to come and relax and bring out your inner artist for a special girl’s night out or a day just dedicated to you.

At Pinot’s Palette, we believe that sometimes your soulmate isn’t a lover. Sometimes you find your soulmate in a best friend, your mom, your sister, your niece. They’re the ones who are there for you during your irrational theories, your nervous breakdowns, your adventurous ideas, and every moment in between. They’re your partners in crime and those people are worth celebrating. You’re worth celebrating. So come in and celebrate these small treasures this February.



Meet the Artist: Michelle


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Meet the Artist

by: Allison Ryder


michelle.pngMichelle Vasquez – Lifelong Artist with an expertise in adolescence.


Michelle began her career in art by working in the Jersey City Public Schools Creative Art Therapy Program for 8 years, before becoming an Art teacher for another 4 years. Art was always more than just a passion for this family driven artist, it’s a way of life. Michelle explains where it all began; “I started painting at the age of 4 when my mother took me for an art lesson at a Weehawken art studio and then enrolled me at the MET Museum for their weekend art classes.” While self-portraits and Disney characters inhabited her adolescent drawings, as Michelle got older, her inspirations derived from more cultural sources; “My paintings and artwork are inspired by my trips to Ecuador each year growing up, Pre-Columbian, African, Asian, and Tibetan art.”

Some of this artist’s pastimes are spending time with her family, visiting art museums, traveling, and wine tasting. Now, as an Art Instructor at Pinot’s Palette North Shore, Michelle gets to incorporate her interests and her passion with her work. She is ecstatic that she gets to share her creative gifts and compassion with the people in her hometown; “Art is a vehicle for self-expression. My paintings have symbols of empowerment, perseverance, strength, and a determined spirit.” She uses her passion and undeniable talent to teach, help, and inspire Staten Islanders; “I love working for Pinot’s Palette. I enjoy teaching and entertaining others, and it’s wonderful to see families come together to create art. I love what I do and I love being able to share it, and watch them find the same enjoyment in it as I do.”

Michelle correlates art with identity, strength, and a positive form of expression. Her background and experience reflect her sincere love for what she does and her genuine efforts to change the lives of both children and adults through artistic expression.


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Meet the Artist: Gaby


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Meet the Artist

by: Allison Rydergaby1


Gabriella Estrakh – Interior Design Student derived from a focus in art.


Gaby is a full-time student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, due to graduate in 2018, who has had a love for painting since her adolescent years. Throughout high school, she devoted herself to a concentration in art. Sketching is a habit for this young and talented artist. Not only does she draw up designs for various venues, institutions, hotels, and homes, but she acts as a storyteller creating client profiles and imaginative designs. Now, she is using her interior design experience and infiltrating it into brilliant paintings as an artist employed by Pinot’s Palette North Shore, in Staten Island, New York. Where others simply see a painting, she sees a masterpiece to analyze and replicate with her own artistic touch. Gaby begins every instruction by stating, “It’s nice to share this warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I’m painting, with you guys.” She continues to say, “It’s awesome to see so many people of all different professions and interests coming together to share this experience that is so different from what they’re used to. It’s nice seeing people defer from their comfort zones and try something new.”


When speaking of Pinot’s Palette, Gaby is filled with pride; “It’s really amazing to have found a job I enjoy and where I am doing something that I genuinely love. They say that the key to the perfect job is a place where you never have to work a day in your life, and that’s how I feel because this is something I love so much and it’s a place where I can become inspired and create art.”