Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
Friends Nathan Brown and Javonni Gayden are living examples of how two heads are better than one. The duo pooled their respective skills—Brown is more technology-savvy while Gayden is the creative one—to form Brown and Gayden Productions. The photographers specialize in photography and videography for large-scale events such as weddings and graduations. They also offer postproduction services such as professional-quality video editing.
After the birth of her first child, Maria Kersten-Hakeem began snapping photos as a way to capture each moment. She continued this tradition with her next two children, and now shares her talent with others as a self-taught photographer. During photo sessions for couples, families, and moms-to-be, Maria strives to bring resonance to each image—turning the flicker of a baby’s smile or a bride and groom’s first kiss into a lifelong memory.
As a stay-at-home mom of two daughters Michelle Dickinson spends lots of time chronicling their childhood from behind her camera. For Michelle Dickinson Photography, she channels that same motherly affection as she snaps pictures of newborns, toddlers, and older children sleeping and at play. Conducted outdoors or at her client's homes, Michelle's sessions also accommodate engaged couples and families. After their shoot, her subjects can keep their favorite images as digital proofs, custom cards, or prints and gallery-wrapped canvases up to 16"x20" in size.
Felicity Christopher sees the world through a kaleidoscope of colorful shapes and personalities. Armed with her Canon camera, she roams weddings and special events such as live music shows, capturing the emotions of the moment in sharp, vibrant images. Whether she's working outdoors or in the studio, her mastery of lighting lends perfection to family gatherings or fashion shoots of the sun in Versace. Fine-art photography is in her repertoire as well, and she applies that commitment to craft to each and every session.
Fibo Kids Art Academy’s instructors teach kids aged 4–18 the finer points of art with the Fibonacci method, crafting individual curricula within a peer setting, bolstered by doses of art history. They tailor the lessons to each student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses, placing kids in small groups for creative interaction with their peers.
To build a foundation for their skills, the instructors engage youngsters in in-depth art-history lessons that expose them to the paintings, drawings, and techniques of both past and current masters from movements such as impressionism and cubism. In addition to year-round afterschool classes, the academy offers one-week intensive summer camps that cover topics such as fashion design, anime and cartooning, and drawing on a sibling's face while he or she sleeps.