British Traditions manufactures authentic European country furniture, relying on modern production techniques and more than 20 finishes to create antique replicas for dining rooms, bedrooms, and living areas. High-quality, new home furnishings are created with a strong emphasis on design and meticulous craftsmanship, such as dovetail drawers and mortise-and-tenon construction. Customers can flaunt their studiousness with the richly appointed Castletown desk with shelf ($1,530+) or show off fine china and silly straws with a classic hutch ($1,230+). The Marleybone entertainment center ($1,605+) swathes the customer's plasma television in style, and the 60-inch English farmhouse table ($1,080+) allows levitating plates a brief moment of respite. British Traditions’ 20 unique finishes, ranging from hand-applied English wax to distressed alternatives, allows patrons to customize individual pieces to their personal taste and décor.
Fueled by a belief that anybody can paint, co-owners Jenny and John Ball opened Thirsty Palette painting studio to prove that experience level doesn’t matter when it comes to tapping into your inner artist. During sip and paint classes, guest artists guide students of all backgrounds through easy step-by-step instructions, teaching them how to use all the provided art supplies to easily recreate that session’s chosen image. Past paintings have included cherry blossom trees, team mascots, and peacock feathers. Throughout the class, Jenny and John encourage students to loosen up with a cocktail, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage from the studio’s fully stocked bar.
For private parties, the Bells tailor their painting session to the event or the host’s likes. For example, they may lead kids through a Scooby Do painting at a child’s birthday party. For an extra fee, Thirsty Palate staffers can also bring all the essentials for a memorable party, including food, decorations, and high-powered jet packs.
The nonprofit organization of Summit Art, Inc. and Teresa Hogan Keene manage Got Art Gallery on Third, an independent nonprofit gallery that works closely with local artists and is dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape of citizens in Lee?s Summit and the Eastern Jackson County area. Gallery director and mixed-media artist Teresa Hogan Keene covers exposed brick walls with rotating exhibitions that showcase artists skilled in photography, painting, and mixed-media creations.
At the back of the gallery, a classroom hosts adult students learning to paint in BYOB sessions, where they can sip libations such as wine or flavored watercolors, as well as classes aimed at teaching drawing and acrylics to children and teens.
Helmed by artist, illustrator, and executive administrator Rebecca B. Hite, Stained Glass Station offers a variety of classes and workshops to help students hone their craft-making abilities. A staff of practiced instructors, including a stained-glass restorer and a sandblasting artist, arms students with supplies and guides them through the nuances of working with glass media. In beginner through advanced sessions, nimble fingers create stained glass, assemble mosaics, crochet jewelry, and fuse glass into light-catching shapes. The talented staff also performs specialty services, helping to repair pieces or design custom stained glass to jazz up a dull window or computer screen.