Dallas Handmade Arts Market, Inc is a magnet for the city's creative community. Once per month, it pulls in a rotating lineup of more than 45 independent artists, designers, and crafting enthusiasts to sell their wares to enthusiastic customers hoping to discover a new artist or innovative piece. Live musicians set the mood as visitors wander past stalls, chatting with the artists behind the work and purchasing jewelry, pottery, and other creations. On select days, the market transforms into a center for artistic education where professional artists teach visitors to craft jewelry and mold ten-gallon hats out of clay.
At a base price of $300,000 each, only 150 versions of the 2012 Lamborghini LP570-4 Super Trofeo exist worldwide. One of them—production No. 123, in fact—dwells at DFW Exotic Rentals, along with exotic vehicles from Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW available to take out for lessons or short-term spins. DFW's resident driving coach, Les Betchner, draws on more than 20 years of racing and precision-driving expertise to teach the proper techniques for handling the sports cars' tires lined with cleats. Outside of Betchner’s lessons, the fleet zooms out of the lot for corporate-event rentals, recreational drives, or chauffeured rides.
Sure, most people smile in photos. But in Brian Hilson's portraiture work, his subjects' smiles are so natural and radiant that they don't look posed—it looks like he caught them in a moment of genuine happiness. This is likely in part to his mission to give each project "a fresh perspective instead of applying a formula," one that has led to his pictures being seen everywhere from local bars to Zagat.com. He's worked with food, street fashion, headshots, and bridal work and is currently focusing on LGBT weddings. He also leads classes in photography and software such as Photoshop.
Mix cocktails and creativity, and you have the recipe for a fun night out. That's the philosophy at Wine and Paint Parties, a company that hosts pop-up art events at popular bars and restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Participants receive all the necessary supplies and instruction from a trained artist. Students nibble bites and sip on wine while recreating an image from Wine and Paint Parties' extensive gallery, which includes images inspired by Van Gogh, Steinlen, as well as originals by Wine and Paint Parties artists.
Since 2004, SalsaDallas.com has organized salsa dancing events and performances. The company's dancers also teach salsa lessons held weekly at various locations. Beginners learn basic steps, and more advanced students practice complex footwork and techniques for standing out on the dance floor.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.