Before she was the personal makeup artist to Barack Obama during his campaign for the presidency, Jennifer Bradley was a stage and screen actress who struggled with acne-prone skin. To combat it, she started creating her own skincare formulas that were free of mineral oils, fragrances, and fillers. Those formulas soon became her business, Jennifer Bradley Corporation products, which she now wields as a makeup artist to the stars.
In addition to being touted in the pages of People and US Weekly, her makeup and skincare lines have graced the faces of Michelle Obama, Kelly Clarkson and Pamela Anderson. She regularly teaches clients how to become their own makeup masters
during Makeup 101 classes, where she shows them how to cover age spots, contour cheekbones, and create a smoky eye that doesn't induce cravings for barbecue.
Most everyone agrees that art is a great way for kids to develop their creativity. But why should the kids have all the fun? At Green Art Studio, kids unleash their imaginations at weekend art classes and after-school programs, while grownups can sign up for Mommy & Me classes and BYOB painting nights.
Founder Diana Egocheaga has just as much a handle on children's academic development as she does on their artistic aptitude. Born in Peru, she can work with kids in either English or Spanish, and she's experienced in tutoring students with learning difficulties such as ADHD or autism-spectrum conditions. During after-school programs, art is offered as a reward?students need to complete their homework and do some reading before they break out the glitter or start building a sculpture symbolizing the oppressive nature of nap time.
Servicing the local community for 30 years, the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides an outlet for fitness, cultural education, and childcare. Exercisers can get their fill of endorphins inside the gym or by participating in a group fitness class or sports league. Meanwhile, kids hang out with their peers and engage in fun, educational activities during summer camps and after-school programs. With an emphasis on Jewish heritage, the JCC also offers adult-oriented classes in the arts, as well as frequent musical and cultural events.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Visitors to Jaco Hybrid Training Center don't have to limit themselves to running on treadmills or bench-pressing personal trainers.The fitness facility outfits traditional routines with a wealth of high-intensity sessions in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and CrossFit. Members can sculpt muscles, increase their endurance, and boost their agility during group classes that scorch calories, instill discipline, and impart self-defense techniques to use against sentient weight machines.
Talin Lyman's delicate brushstrokes cover the walls of a former U.S. vice president's winter home, frescoes within InterContinental hotels in Tuscany and Rome, and furniture that adorns Martha Stewart's own abode. From canvases to murals to throws of pillows designed for people and pets, the virtuosic painter daubs blank spaces with flora and fauna inspired by her childhood spent traveling to far-flung countries with her missionary father. Lyman also throws open the doors of her studio for an array of classes geared toward adults?such as Painting to the Oldies?and children, where she intersperses hands-on activities with lessons about great moments in art history, such as the day Georges Seurat invented the polka dot.