Artist Lisa Jones, the founder of Art by the Glazz, has a painting hanging in the White House and one in the Pentagon. Both locales are impressive places for the artwork of any artist to reside, particularly one who “found out [she] liked to paint by mistake.” Lisa began her painting life in her 30s shortly after the death of her mother. A friend convinced her to go to a painting class in the hopes of alleviating Lisa’s depression, and within three weeks of this class, Lisa had three clients who were commissioning work from her.
A few years later, Lisa created Art by the Glazz, originally intending to use the operation as a fundraising tool for nonprofits. Today, a portion of Lisa’s painting classes still benefits art education in public schools, and she stations these informative, fun sessions throughout the Washington D.C. metro area and takes them on tour through New Jersey and Chicago. Throughout the years, Lisa estimates that she’s swapped paint and sipped wine with more than 1,000 people. One memorable student, a woman who had suffered a stroke, hadn’t painted for five years until her husband brought her to Art by the Glazz, where she once again took to the canvas with paint and brush. Most of Lisa’s students arrive to class with no formal artistic training, and their level of fun, Lisa says, “depends on how much [they] let [themselves] go.” It’s easy for her to tell when the class has gone for it. Colorful palette flourishes mingle with laughs, toasts, and even songs, as budding artists recreate a favorite landscape, still life, or parking ticket.
North Shore Brewing Supply equips aspiring brewers with everything they need, including the hardware and ingredients for brewing batches of beer, wine, mead, and cider at home. Aside from concrete materials, the Highland Park-based facility pours out wisdom with a selection of popular classes. During these sessions, students of the craft learn tricks of the trade while concocting actual batches of booze. Four to six weeks later, students can stop back and pick up their sudsy creations, which NSBS bottles so nobody gets stuck filling their pockets with beer.
Highland Park is happy to boast the theatrical stylings of Irina Makkai Classical Ballet School.
The doors are open for you at this theater with their people friendly restaurant and great, home-cooked food.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This theater is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The six accomplished artists who compose the staff at Cork and Palette put their expertise to use at the company’s social painting parties. Up to 20 students gather at a variety of locations, including wineries and restaurants, where they learn to recreate a featured painting ranging from a vibrant still life to funky and colorful nature scenes. Though anyone aged 14 or older can participate, the staff also hosts parties specifically for teens.
Stephanie King-Myers and Nancy Bigley founded Bottle & Bottega as a fun, artistic space where guests could, as King-Myers phrases it on their website, “feel like they’re having a party in their living room.” Established in 2009, the guided painting emporium has already expanded to seven main locations in three states that offer private and corporate events alike.
Lynette Martin helms the Evanston branch, which extends from Rogers Park to Northbook. After years of dabbling in styles of art that ranged from pottery to ballet, she swan-dived fully into her creative leanings and left the corporate world to launch a Bottle & Bottega franchise. Lynette, along with a slate of local artists, encourages participants of any artistic level to unleash their creativity onto the canvas, creating their own versions of famous paintings that they can hang in their living rooms or over their bathroom mirrors in an attempt to be famous themselves.