As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
Stitching costumes, choreographing dance routines, composing scores, painting backdrops, channeling inner thespians: in the theater, there's a job for everyone. The staff of theater, music, and dance aficionados at Troubadour Theatre helps kids find their own onstage or backstage niche during classes that culminate in a full-scale production. Past performances have included Twelfth Night and Seussical!, both of which gave students the opportunity to showcase acting skills developed through lessons in improv and theater history. Outside the theater walls, the Troubadour staff strives to provide artistic opportunities for local kids by creating artist-in-residency programs and funding scholarships for talented youth.
With more than 30 years of artistic experience and 23 years of teaching experience, Mariah Clearwater brings plenty of knowledge to her pottery-making classes at Clearwater Creations. She keeps class sizes small so that she can provide participants the individual attention they need to create a tangible piece of art they’re proud of. Artists of all skill levels practice hand-building techniques before putting the finishing touch on their pieces with a glaze. Some of Mariah’s own creations, such as handcrafted cremation urns, stoneware pottery, and oil paintings, can be purchased from the artist herself.
The atmosphere at Brush & Bottle is calm and relaxing: music drifts through the air, and friends chat, sip wine, and nibble the snacks that they've brought along. In this comfortable setting, groups tap into their own creative reserves as local artists guide them, step by step, through the process of creating works of art. Subject matter ranges from still-life paintings of tulips to renderings of a Dia de los Muertos skull. Paint, canvas, brushes, and aprons are provided, as are wine openers and cups. In addition to group classes, the studio hosts girls'-night-out events and private parties.
At a young age, Siri Dya was interested in healing. Eventually he discovered massage therapy and found it a fulfilling way to help other people heal their minds and bodies. Siri Dya's specialty is pain management. An alternative to pain medication, therapeutic massage focuses on the manipulation of soft-tissue structures to mitigate aches, spasms, and knots. He also offers craniosacral therapy.
As a high-school student, Victor Navarro's lifelong passion for art led him to France, where his work was rewarded with inclusion in an illustrious international compendium of artists, among other awards. At Victor Navarro Art, he passes his knowledge of art onto laymen and aspirant artists alike.