Specializing in family photography, Lesley Ann Bell captures honest and authentic moments in time with each colourful and captivating portrait. During each on-location shoot, she lets her shutter loose on memorable images, snapping a multitude of pictures before winnowing them down to 30 keepers ready for processing and display on prints or online image galleries. Lesley Ann also nurtures nascent shutterbugs through beginner's and advanced DSLR photography classes. Sessions begin with a one-hour training session that teaches photo fundamentals to beginners or advanced lighting techniques to more experienced students. Intimate five-students-or-less classes then migrate outdoors for an hour or more of hands-on experience. With friendly guidance from Lesley Ann, the group puts newly learned principles into practice, training lenses on the memorable landscape of riverbanks, trees, birds, and centaurs combing the grass with metal detectors.
Inspired by the vivacious, detail-oriented work of Norman Rockwell, Lisa Powers picked up a brush at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped flecking her way toward mastery ever since. After obtaining a fine-arts degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Powers threw herself into the arts, supplementing her brushwork with forays into the studies of both psychology and sociology. Today, she draws influence from the work of modern masters—from Toulouse-Lautrec's belle époque lithographs to Lichtenstein's comics-inspired pop art—to create evocative mixed-media work. During her art classes and studio sessions, Powers calls upon her years of experience as she helps established artists perfect their techniques and younger artists develop an understanding of the colours that will really pop against a refrigerator-hued backdrop.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.