A simple sewing tutorial from Mikala Cash's grandmother at age six sparked a passion in the Creative Sewing Lessons' founder that continues to smolder after an education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At her North Attleboro studio, Mikala guides students of various levels through a range of classes, including tailoring, invisible zippers, and sewing for kids, which arms youngsters with the know-how to construct business suits for lemonade stand conventions. In addition to her sewing classes, Mikala invites guest artists to lead workshops during her Creative Night Out series, a monthly event that introduces participants to hands-on subjects such as visual journaling and knitting.
Hundreds of cars roll off the production line each day, with little to distinguish one sedan or SUV from another. That’s where the auto enthusiasts at Inferno Audio come in. They outfit vehicles with all the tricks and toys necessary to help them stand out—a list that includes custom subwoofers, window tints, and remote starters that keep interior temperatures comfortable throughout the year. They back up every job with a lifetime warranty and make themselves available for questions via text message or live chat in case an ejector seat fails to jettison an irritating passenger.
After purchasing his first DSLR camera, Gary Detonnancourt made the common mistake of investing in expensive equipment before learning to use what he already had. Eventually realizing that his gear was only as good as his understanding of it, he became a self-made expert in the art of digital photography. He went on to become president of the Northern Rhode Island Camera Club, and he now draws on years spent as a science teacher to explain to students how light works and why shining a laser pointer on something is hilarious. That same experience has caused him to apply a hands-on philosophy in workshops and online programs as well as lessons in studio photography, fine-art printing, and Photoshop. The shutterbug also appears at weddings to capture special-day grins, and portraits of young children beg for space in photo albums next to teddy bear–hunting licenses.
While she was traveling back and forth from the Northeast to the Midwest every week, Mari Vivace found herself frustrated by her lack of makeup, or rather, her lack of makeup she needed. She actually owned enough makeup to fill a suitcase, but she didn't want to cart it all around like some sort of pageant queen who moonlights as a RuPaul impersonator. Yet, that's what she would have to do if she was ever going to have the right products to create a soft daytime and a more vibrant nighttime look. She finally realized that if she was ever going to get multipurpose makeup, she'd have to create it herself. And thus, Inspiration Cosmetics was born.
Today, Inspiration Cosmetics' products streamline the makeup process. Things like the paraben-free 3-in-1 Stick, which can be used as a blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow, and the Lip Twins cylinder, which contains both a lipstick and a matching liner, make getting ready in the morning even faster. The website offers tips for applying each product, and Inspiration Cosmetics even has a cadre of makeup artists who video chat with clients to teach them how to design the perfect look for work or a night out on the town.
New England Studio of Music founder Alisa Luciano took her first piano lesson when she was 4 years old, sparking a lifelong love of music. She would go on to study under numerous pianists, including Svetozar Ivanov, before getting her master's degree in teaching. Since 2003, she's been teaching students as young as 4 years old themselves, passing on her life's work to those of all ages. In addition to piano, the studio offers lessons for voice, brass, strings, guitar, and woodwinds.
To travel the world, Rhode Islanders need only go as far as The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance. Here, teachers and students alike help preserve the traditional arts of far-flung and local cultures alike. Artists undulate in belly-dance classes, issue bluesy warbles in Singing Sirens, and drum like members of the Ghanese Ga in West African ensemble at this multifaceted arts academy.