On any given night, it's hard to tell whether Design & Wine Eat• Drink• Paint is hosting a painting class or a party. Apron-clad artists can browse a menu for made-to-order vegetarian or pescetarian sandwiches, chat and eat, and then return to their easels, where they chat and paint. This is the typical experience at Design & Wine, where every painting class equals a chatty social event. Instructors work with guests of every experience level, furnishing them with 16"x20" prestretched canvases, nontoxic acrylic paints, brushes, easels, and aprons before leading step-by-step instruction in re-creating the evening's featured painting. Students may also venture into their own projects should inspiration strike or gently knock on their cerebrums. Come the end of the night, instructors encourage students to tote their work home and replace their very expensive televisions with it.
For more than two decades in Reno and Lake Tahoe, Beads Etc. has been supplying locals with the knowledge, materials, and accessories needed to design and create their own jewelry. Along the walls, ropes of sparkling beads and crystals hang in a rainbow of colors and textures, while nylon thread is available in a variety of hues for stringing beads into necklaces or bracelets. During classes, staff will offer a brief tour of the store, explaining the origin, background, and uses of beads and other materials gathered from across the globe. Then instructors teach pupils tips and tricks for designing their own creations and bringing their custom ideas to fruition using the materials of their choice.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
Some photographers love taking landscape shots, and others aim their lenses at animals. But Jerrine Plunket’s passion is people. Whether she’s documenting a wedding, getting whole families together for group shots, or crouching down to meet kids at their level, she has a knack for capturing her subjects’ personalities in each shot. She manages to capture both romance and playfulness during engagement shoots, and she’s also available for maternity and boudoir sessions.
Music swells in Le Provençal, ricocheting off the murals of the serene French countryside as waiters dressed in traditional peasant attire serenade diners with French and Italian numbers throughout the night. Nestled in the Paris Hotel and Casino, the restaurant introduces diners to the French countryside through steamed mussels, brick-oven flatbreads topped with smoked bacon or capers, and hearty parmesan-crusted chicken. It also prepares its house specialty, the bouillabaisse, and serves it tableside out of a vast cast-iron pot that bubbles with saffron-tomato broth and seafood, like a witch’s caldron but without the accidentally included pointy hat.
An avid drawer even before her second birthday, Savannah Renee has always centered her life around art. Though she still practices illustration, Savannah has since expanded her artistic interests to other visual mediums, including photography. At Savannah Renee Photography, she constantly shapes her aesthetic around the shot at hand, whether it’s a sultry boudoir pose, a candid wedding scene, or an action-packed concert. Those in-studio and on-location sessions result in pictures that Savannah perfects with various image-enhancement tools, such as retouching and color correction.