With more than 15 locations nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes. These talented brush wielders guide students of all abilities through a landscape, portrait, or abstract artwork via step-by-step instructions. Though each Wine and Canvas location is home to an art studio, the classes are taught in students’ living rooms or at local hot spots—many of which mix up tasty drink specials during classes. Instructors provide their artists-in-training with all the supplies they need to create eye-catching masterpieces, from paints and canvases to Ouija boards with a direct line to van Gogh. Though adult painting classes are Wine and Canvas’s bread and butter, they also help little ones unleash their creativity and satisfy their sweet tooth with Cookies and Canvas classes.
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades W.G. Kitchen & Bar, a Wine Guy company, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as ?Old World chic.? This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers? have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
Founded in 1963 at a local YMCA, the Cincinnati Ballet grew into a major regional company by adhering to its mission to express the human experience through dance. Today, it continues upholding that vision by housing resident artists who entertain audiences with dance performances of both classic and original work. Beyond supporting local audiences and their right to clap, the Cincinnati Ballet also seeks to nurture artists through the Otto M. Budig Academy. There, a professional faculty trains aspiring performers at all skill levels. These training opportunities are supplemented by outreach programs such as CincyDance!, which provides free training and dance attire to children.
When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
Fibergé's kaleidoscopic array of yarns from brand names such as Blue Sky Alpaca, Spud & Chloe, and Rowan beckons knitters far and wide into the boutique, where they'll also find the needles and accouterments needed to pursue creative knitting endeavors of all kinds. The shop's expert artisans host a schedule of intimately sized classes, during which they expose beginners to basic knitting fundamentals and challenge preacquainted yarn binders with slightly more complicated projects, such as knitting baby hats and lobster mittens. For more advanced classes, stitchers use their favorite skeins and their own trusty needles to craft one of more than 200 patterns.
Conceivably, you could visit Sports Plus for a week straight and partake in a different activity each day?you just might have to change your shoes. At 250,000 square feet, Sports Plus truly comes through on the plus part of its name as one of the largest sports facilities in greater Cincinnati. Inside, games unfold atop multiple basketball and volleyball courts and hockey rinks. Guests can also climb an on-site rock wall, bounce across inflatable structures, and join games of broomball. Sports Plus also features a bar and grill, meaning competitors can re-fuel on the spot instead of hoping for a semi-truck full of protein powder to overturn nearby.