The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Glass shards, candy wrappers, and old T-shirts may seem like trash to some, but Secrets on Main Street's visionaries delight in turning them into artistic treasures. During craft workshops, they teach students how to create tie-dyed T-shirts, mosaic monkeys, and candy-wrapper purses using spare materials and infinite imagination. Secrets on Main Street also stocks a boutique where visitors can pick up already-made art, such as a metal wall hanging, a pair of painted Converse sneakers, or a living human statue.
Chef Charles, a 20-year veteran of the culinary industry and a scholar of culinary science, possesses sufficient chops to whip up gourmet meals in anyone's kitchen. Crawfish étoufée, rolled lasagna, chicken cordon bleu, and seared tuna round out Charles's repertoire of international entrees, which comprise ingredients purchased within a day of the meal for greater freshness.