Throughout her entire adult life, Sharon Obermeyer has lived and breathed art. She studied it at the University of Cincinnati, taught it at Antonelli College for 17 years, and she created it for children's books at Standard Publishing. Despite her career successes, she felt the need to spread her passion to a wider audience. "I made the decision to make art accessible and affordable," she says, and this led her to found Mount Washington Art Works, where she designs inspiring art curriculums for both children and adults. Certified by the National Association of Art Educators, she uses step-by-step lessons to teach an array of styles, including drawing, painting, perspective, and charcoal. No matter which lesson she's teaching, she supplies her students with all the of the necessary art materials, such as a canvas, brushes, paints, and a resident oyster that allows for reenactments of Girl with the Pearl Earring.
It's hard to enjoy a city's beauty from the ground, where there's always a building or retired basketball player blocking your view. Stratus Helicopters gives their clientele a different perspective. Their pilots take people on elevated tours of the Queen City and the mythical land known as Kentucky just across the Ohio River. Beyond sightseeing, Stratus trains new helicopter pilots and offers specialty services, including aerial photography.
From its home in Lunken Airport, Lunken Flight Training Center provides beginner and advanced flight instruction from an experienced, certified pilot. The Explorer Discovery flight lesson begins with a rundown of pre-flight procedures before students jump in the cockpit of a Cessna 172S to start the engine and taxi for takeoff. Instructors lead students through the fundamentals of engine run-up procedures and subduing a need for speed, and hand the controls over after takeoff. Students will then practice maintaining altitude; making steep turns; and practicing simple maneuvers such as climbs and descents before the instructor brings the plane in for a safe landing.
Squatting, lifting, and running are everyday occurrences for people going about their busy lives, but Calibrated CrossFit’s trainers shed a new light on the functional movements. Their CrossFit classes weave high-intensity versions of the moves into daily-changing routines, which work the body differently every day to avoid fitness plateaus. Augmented by nutritional guidelines, the classes sculpt muscles quickly and efficiently.
Eastside Wellness Connections’ studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.
Laurie specializes in capturing radiant photos of newborns, small children, and high schoolers in need of senior pictures. For 60 minutes ($75 value), Laurie's hands, eyes, and camera will set aside their differences to carefully snap high-resolution images of you or a loved one, treating each shot as a piece of art. After you select your three favorite poses, Laurie will arrange them into one custom-matted storyboard collage ($364 value). The background mat can be colored to coordinate with your outfits or a scenic backdrop of exploding zeppelins. Call to schedule your appointment.