Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts founders and head instructors Jeremiah Moore and Gladysue Hovis embody the phrase “two heads are better than one.” Gladysue, a dancer who’s performed with companies since her teens, inspires students to explore creative movement and sharpen their technique. Jeremiah’s talent for the visual arts—including painting, ceramics, sculpting, and woodwork—combines with his art-education experience, helping him guide others in learning artistic pursuits. Together, they form Luce Conservatory, a trove of artistic education where students can find their creative voice without traveling to multiple studios, reducing their chances of wandering into an alternate reality.
After the passing of her mother, Sandi Pedersen was at a low point when she first discovered quilting. Not only did the practice raise her spirits, but it also became her livelihood. In a few short years, she learned the ropes and opened her own studio, Quilting Your Quilts, which houses a computer-run, long-arm sewing machine. In this studio, she shares her expertise in quilting classes and long arms your quilt top and back to complete the patterned quilt.
What began as a small studio with five enthusiastic dance students has transformed into a full-fledged company that's educated thousands and won multiple awards along the way—including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Today, Strictly Street Salsa has a whole team of instructors that has danced its way across the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and Rome and is ready to introduce students to new cultures through the art of dance. The studio offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers in both salsa and tango and hosts dance workshops that blend Latin dance with various cultural elements, including African movement, gypsy music, and good old-fashioned American screaming.
Stained Glass Learning Center's sand-melting experts demystify the art of custom glasswork during their array of classes, during which participants learn how to assemble their own glimmering kaleidoscopic masterpieces. The shop's beginners' classes enlighten glass-manipulating newbies with stained-glass basics, preparing them for the more challenging novice workshop, where they can embark on guided projects of their choosing.
In addition to stained-glass classes, the experts always host fused-glass sessions that sizzle with glass-heating tips and kids' mosaic classes that safely introduce children to glass art. Stained Glass Learning Center's schedule of class times varies based on location and Nostradamus's predictions.
Pinot's Palette combines wine and art to create an enjoyable night out with friends or a date. The painting sessions encourage adults' inner artists whether they have any painting experience or not, encouraging light-hearted conversation, fun, and good cheer while painting and sipping BYOB beverages. Each session's painting of the night may feature anything from landscapes and wine-inspired art to known classics such as Van Gogh's Starry Night, and each painter tackles from their own artistic angle under the guidance of an experienced instructor. At the end of the night, painters can take their painting home with them and ring a "Gong of Awesomeness" on their way out to signify a good time.
Executive chef Michael Cortez and executive sous-chef Jordy Miranda lend their private cooking services to clients looking to add gourmet pizzazz to private parties, special occasions, and everyday meals. In addition to cooking up a gastronomic storm, the chefs also elucidate the finer points of preparing haute cuisine during gourmet group cooking classes. Under the stone archways of the The Cellar Door winery, students learn to craft small salads from seasonal vegetables and roasted nuts, cook up entrees such as garlic-herb-roasted lamb and citrus-poached lobster, and pull together desserts such as lemon tiramisu with professional panache.