Mark Bonner

Local Professional Artist

Mark is a local artist, with a background that combines faux finishing, graphic design and fine art. This combination has evolved into a unique style that has gained both local and national attention! 
Mark creates unique works of art specifically designed for easy recreation by our guests.

Our traveling company brings the party to you!  We arrive thirty min early to set up our mobile studio in your location and provide all the materials and equipment including six-foot folding tables and stools to accommodate all your guests.  We also provide aprons, table covers and all the materials needed for your guests to paint their own 12" x 16" canvas.  

Our artist guides your guests step-by-step with fun, easy to follow instruction and our party hostess assists your guests with individual attention and attends to each painters' needs.  

Each event lasts approximately 2 hours plus an additional 45-60 min set-up and clean up before vacating your location leaving you and your guests to continue the party however you choose!

‚ÄčOur parties are designed to focus on the FUN and provide a unique way to explore your creativity.  So relax and let us show you a fun night IN!

If you are specifically interested in Mark as your artist, please make this request while booking your event.

The Emerald Cork was a dream many years in the making. That dream was realized in 2012 when owner, Kristina Witter, brought her idea to life opening a unique wine-bar themed painting party studio on Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

The Emerald Cork was a popular fixture in Fort Walton's Downtown Entertainment District until Jan of 2015 when, as a result of city and state legislation regarding on-site alcohol consumption, the permanent studio location was closed in favor of becoming a fully mobile, traveling operation.  

With this successful transition came the opportunity to expand the business into private homes and offices and to partner with local businesses to create fun personalized events.  The Emerald Cork is more popular, unique and fun than ever before and we offer the lowest rates around!  

"I visited a wine and paint party studio with some girlfriends years ago.  I was an amateur at best and was SURE the outcome would be nothing impressive but I was very surprised with the painting I produced! It's still hanging in my guest room.

More importantly, I had a fantastic time laughing and sharing a few bottles of wine with my girlfriends. I knew immediately that this type of venue would fit in perfectly here on the Emerald Coast - a fun new way to enjoy a night out with friends while exploring your creative side!" 

-Kristina Witter

Our History

Our Team


Shanna Stevenson

Painting Party Fun Maker

Shanna is there to assist you with your needs during the event.  She provides personalized assistance to our guests and helps the event run smoothly from set up to clean up.

Kristina Witter


Kristina is an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in small business ownership.

By profession, Kristina is a Wildlife Biologist. Her company, Witter Wildlife Consulting, is responsible for monitoring endangered Red-cockaded woodpeckers living in the Longleaf Pine forests in the southeastern US. The goal of her work is to aid in species recovery efforts across the southeast.