Brimming behind a curved glass exterior, painstakingly crafted bisque pieces perch on sleek black squares while original drawings and paintings cascade across the light-strewn walls of The Chartreuse Muse. Inside, local artists showcase their pièces de résistance and helm classes in the dynamic space's art school. Sessions for all ages and levels tackle a bevy of media, such as clay, charcoal, and acrylic paints, and inspire students to draw, paint, or create mixed-media collages of their tax-return documents.
After years of watching her father snap pictures, Antoinette got the chance to be the photographer. She was 10 years old, and her father lent her his old Honeywell Pentax and a roll of black-and-white film while they were hiking in the mountains. Seeing the world through a lens triggered a new passion for her. She joined the yearbook staff in high school and even bought her first “real” camera before she bought her first “real” car. She now spends her days capturing unforgettable moments during weddings and family photo shoots.
Internationally educated veteran artist Regina Rose has followed her passion for decades, crafting commissioned portraits, landscapes, and murals with pastels and oils. It wasn't until 1999, however, that she discovered her zeal for teaching. At her studio, The Art Korner, Regina leads classes for kids and adults. Suited for all experience levels, the courses focus on composition, color theory, and drawing while incorporating art history.
Photographer Eric Auffhammer discovered his first taste of making art when his mother introduced him to oil painting when he was nine years old. Fast-forward to the present, and he’s working toward an MFA in photography, winning awards and accolades along the way. Through Eternity Fine Portraits, Auffhammer specializes in wedding photography as well as portraits of children, seniors, newborns, and families. His portrait work is done on location, allowing clients to select sites of special importance, such as a favorite picnic spot or haunted backyard swing set.
The press-lauded commercial shutterbug and digital image pro behind Soo Photography, Michael Soo has lent his expertise in commercial, food, and portrait photography to numerous international publications, including the New York Times. Drawing upon his expertise and multicultural background to educate fledgling photographers, Soo hosts workshops, teaches classes, and runs an online forum where digital cameras discuss technique in binary. Beginner- and intermediate-level classes acquaint novices with the art form, and advanced courses delve into lighting, black-and-white photography, portraiture, weddings, product photography, and how to cover up red eye with drawn-on mustaches. The classes also assist in lighting techniques, learning exposure and composition, and how to photograph portraits.