In addition to selling, renting, and servicing an orchestral array of new and preplayed instruments at their showroom, Pellegrino Music Center’s tunesmiths tutor musical apprentices with instrumental instruction taught through the Pellegrino Fine Arts Academy. During 30-minute lessons at the center’s adjacent teaching facility, instructors skilled in instrumental varieties from voice to strings and horns to percussion walk students through one-on-one tutorials, preempting the risk of cluttered classrooms or dueling banjos. First-time students learn music-making basics like where to strum, when to change keys, and how to tell if a saxophone is about to molt, and strings relax and horns exhale under the deft control of experienced pupils in intermediate and advanced lessons tailored to their training level.
Studio Arts & Glass owners Wendy and Robert Joliet were on a mission. The husband-and-wife team was determined to rescue two leaded stained-glass windows from a church-demolition site near downtown Akron. As Wendy told Colette M. Jenkins of the Post and Courier, “The wrecking ball was ready to hum and go right through the windows." But not before the Joliets salvaged the dirt-lined windows, along with several lighting fixtures. Robert—a professional artist who specializes in stained-glass restoration—cleaned and repaired the windows over several months, and the lighting fixtures are now restored and destined for a new life at a restaurant in New York City.
While the couple's shop specializes in artfully restoring timeworn stained-glass pieces, including the badly damaged Ohio State House skylight, they also teach others how to make glass artwork in a variety of classes. They lead students in creating stained-glass panels, mosaic pieces, and glass beads. To complement their own works, students can pick up a lawn art, glass ornaments, and a glittering array of jewelry to appease the family dog's jewel fever.
Beads'N More's bright, cheerful shop is bursting with beads and baubles of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Sparkling batches of crystals, gemstones, and imported, glass-worked beads invite an artistic eye to adopt them and set them loose upon a string that's set upon wrist or collarbone, catching the eyes of passersby and arousing the envy of dully colored mollusks. Single loose beads start as low as a penny and slide up to $10; finer items, such as elegant focal beads, range from $7 to $45. For the less bulky beading projects on your strung-along list, Beads'N More also carries vintage Czech seed beads sold by the hank for as little as $2.75. An array of tools and instructional books is also available.
Although The Canal Fulton Glassworks opened in 2009, the timber-framed structure that it inhabits was built nearly two centuries ago. Inside, the business has transformed its historic dwelling into a modern-day showcase of Ohio-based artists, with more than 3,000 handmade works on display, from glass and ceramics to furniture and paintings. The gallery also shares its artistic prowess with the community during hands-on classes, including glass-making workshops that focus on paperweights, pendants, and beads.
Award-winning Akron Life Magazine regales its more than 15,000 subscribers with colorful pictures, helpful lifestyle tips, and fun, engaging guides to the thriving arts scene of Summit, Portage, Medina, and Stark Counties. Gastrophiles flip through the Food & Dining section for reviews of up-and-coming hot spots or hidden culinary gems. Arts & Entertainment coverage livens up cultural calendars with band interviews, information about upcoming plays, and instructions for turning back issues into a pair of opera glasses. Bright, color-saturated photos of the Akron region's happy residents and fill the Beauty & Wellness and Home & Garden sections, which also clue in readers with tips on how to keep their bodies in shape and their backyards bristling with verdant plants.