Talin Lyman's delicate brushstrokes cover the walls of a former U.S. vice president's winter home, frescoes within InterContinental hotels in Tuscany and Rome, and furniture that adorns Martha Stewart's own abode. From canvases to murals to throws of pillows designed for people and pets, the virtuosic painter daubs blank spaces with flora and fauna inspired by her childhood spent traveling to far-flung countries with her missionary father. Lyman also throws open the doors of her studio for an array of classes geared toward adults—such as Painting to the Oldies—and children, where she intersperses hands-on activities with lessons about great moments in art history, such as the day Georges Seurat invented the polka dot.
Before she was the personal makeup artist to Barack Obama during his campaign for the presidency, Jennifer Bradley was a stage and screen actress who struggled with acne-prone skin. To combat it, she started creating her own skincare formulas that were free of mineral oils, fragrances, and fillers. Those formulas soon became her business, Jennifer Bradley Corporation products, which she now wields as a makeup artist to the stars.
In addition to being touted in the pages of People and US Weekly, her makeup and skincare lines have graced the faces of Michelle Obama, Kelly Clarkson and Pamela Anderson. She regularly teaches clients how to become their own makeup masters
during Makeup 101 classes, where she shows them how to cover age spots, contour cheekbones, and create a smoky eye that doesn't induce cravings for barbecue.
Delray Fitness Health Club equips members with all the tools they need to chisel their physiques, including free weights, cardiovascular machines, and strength-training equipment. Visitors can swig liquid nourishment at the juice bar before they run on treadmills, hoist dumbbells, ride upright bikes, or join a pickup game on the basketball court. Following the lead of an energetic fitness instructor, exercisers sweat side-by-side during group fitness classes such as Zumba, power yoga, and cardio karate. The gym’s amenities also include locker rooms, showers, and a childcare area.
Even in the midst of a recession, Drew Tucker couldn't ignore his passion for music. By founding The Tucker Academy For The Arts in 2007 and partnering with the Arts Garage to address the dearth of music education in South Florida, Drew built up a flourishing cadre of performers and educators at the Delray Beach music emporium. Programs run the gamut from private lessons to drum circles for kids, while a focus on performing inspires fledgling artists to share their talents with an audience not made up of only stuffed flamingoes.
Thai Fusion Cooking Chefs Nisachol and Waraporn draw on extensive culinary backgrounds: Chef Nisachol learned the art of Thai cuisine from her grandmother, who cooked for the royal family of Thailand, and Chef Waraporn earned a culinary degree in Bangkok. The two use their skills to share the fresh, exotic flavors of dishes such as panang curry, drunken noodles, and shrimp tom kha soup. Patrons can learn to make Thai feasts themselves, or relax while the chefs do the cooking.
At Vino Van Gogh, you can pick up a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, and just have a good time. In classes for both adults and kids (the latter are wine-free, natch), instructors lead students through the steps of creating a unique piece of art in a variety of styles. The schedule covers a wide range of times and subject matter, allowing you to pick a class ideally suited to your preferences.