Candy necklaces and ring pops look great, but many prefer the nuanced mouthfeel and clean finish of precious gems and metals. Show off sophisticated taste with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get admission for one person to a wine and art party package at Lake Erie Artists Gallery on Shaker Square (a $60 value). The package includes:
- A two-hour Friday or Saturday night Wine and Art Party class
- All necessary materials
- Two complimentary glasses of wine
- Snacks from the Shaker Square Farmers’ Market<p>
Lake Erie Artists Gallery has a class to fit any aspiring bling-maker’s experience level and taste, all taught by experienced local artists. During the Friday or Saturday night Wine and Art Party, patrons sip on two glasses of complimentary vino and munch on nibbles from Shaker Square Farmers’ Market while fashioning necklaces and earrings from copper, silver, freshwater pearls, natural stone, and baby teeth. Check the schedule for upcoming offerings and exact class times. To induce good vibes and spur breathtaking works of art, all classes include materials and in-store tool use.
Lake Erie Artists Gallery
Paula Atwell wasn't born an artist. She didn't pursue any art form in college, instead achieving a degree in English and a minor in accounting. After logging years in standard 9–5 jobs, she had an epiphany—it was time to do something for herself. Taking this newfound motivation to action, Paula enrolled in a beading class and followed it with forays into metalsmithing, crafting, and soldering.
These experiments in creativity led her to join the Lake Erie Artists co-op in 2003, where she began to show her eclectic jewelry at their booth during local festivals. When the co-op became incorporated in 2005, Paula's business world experience made her an obvious choice to lead the diverse group of artists in forming their own gallery. Today, the co-op-turned-gallery now carries hundreds of art pieces that span a range of media.
Producing blown-glass sculptures and handcrafted metal jewelry and pottery, the artists each specialize in a few select media as decided during the gallery's annual game of spin-the-paintbrush. The staff at Lake Erie Artists Gallery is also a strong proponent of local business, encouraging their patrons to browse Shake Square after looking at their wares. In project-oriented classes taught by working artists, students explore jewelry and painting and leave with their handcrafted pieces.