Opened in Kirkland on Valentine's Day 2011, Palettes and Pairings celebrates the romantic interplay between art and wine. At each evening class, instructors offer tips on brushing life into a 15”x20” canvas while painters nibble appetizers and sip wine, beer, or nonalcoholic beverages. The studio also offers private parties for up to 75 guests, which can be completely customized from painting subject to dietary needs, and include smocks as well as plentiful opportunities to use the word smock.
Serving as a pensive counterpoint to the Kirkland location’s parties, the newer Issaquah studio holds open-house time for all ages four times a week.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
Jason DeMarre’s articulate financial advice can help clients build a retirement fund, save for their kids’ colleges, or reach a passel of other long-term goals. With today’s deal, he’ll spend up to 12.5 hours fashioning a personalized plan of action for each client over the course of one year. A series of about five face-to-face planning sessions commence with a one-hour introductory meeting, followed by a profile meeting, during which Jason will build a detailed SWOT analysis to highlight a client’s portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses and to counter potential financial threats, such as the fire-breathing dragon living inside their filing cabinet. Then, he’ll unveil a full plan for a monetary makeover at a 90-minute strategy session, after which he’ll meet with clients again to pick products to invest in, such as stocks, bonds, and high-value Monopoly properties. Finally, a closing meeting will discuss plan implementation. ING Financial Partners is not a captive agency; Jason can pick and choose products from all financial services, not just ING, to assure the best possible match.