Is it a trendy art gallery or a coffee shop? Your eyes might be bewildered, but your taste buds won’t be. Viento y Agua is a home for artists where they can pick up a fresh cup of joe. Viento y Agua decorates its walls with work from local artists that customers can purchase--you could spend hours gazing at the colorful array of artwork. When your eyes are tired, you can shut them and listen to the local bands playing great music on open mic night. You experience all this as you sip Viento y Agua’s delicious coffee and eat their tasty food. At Viento y Agua, you can take home the art you bought along with a cup of coffee.
The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center is a cornucopia of activities for the local community of Long Beach, California. One of many Jewish Community Centers established in the mid-1800s, this cultural and societal hub does much to enrich the lives of those who frequent it. Some of the most notable activities that can be done here include wellness classes tailored specifically for the different age groups, language learning classes, summer camps, and culture-learning classes. The community center features a heated junior Olympic pool, which hosts swimming classes for people of all ages all year-round.
At The Pumpkin Factory, festive gourds bring an orange glow to the atmosphere, setting the scene for an exciting fall carnival. At three locations, kids leap into the air in inflatable bounce houses, converse with the goats at the petting zoo, and trot around on gentle ponies. In Corona, a special EuroBobble attraction lets guests play buoy, rolling atop a pool in a clear, inflatable bubble. At the Westminster Pumpkin Factory, helicopters take flight for scenic tours of the fairgrounds. At the end of the day, families can take home a pumpkin of their own to create a gruesome jack 'o' lantern doppelganger of their neighbor.
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Warm weather brings out Veronese Gallery Cafe's highly coveted patio seating.
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Signature service: Rainbow Art provides quality art classes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Liquitex, Winston, Blick, Crayola, Reeve, Prostroke, and Royal
Pro Tip: Rainbow logo means the vision of promise, hope, joy, peace, dreams, creativity, and confidence in art.
Q&A with Susanne, Director
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We always try our best to accommodate parents' request beyond our policies. Once we had a parent who was a single mom with three children ages 7, 5, and 4. They all wanted to join the art classes, but the mom couldn't afford the individual programs for three different age groups. We understand that life is never easy for anyone, so we just asked what she could afford, and gave each child individual art programs for about one year. Then she moved to another state, but before she left, she wrote me a thank-you card and gave me a book named Peace Maker that was written by her. I feel that if one can make a difference in someone's life, one's life is not in vain.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We give Rainbow Art dollars to students every time they come to the class as a reward for working hard. They can exchange them for prizes or art supplies that they want. We share the happiness of all birthdays, celebrations, and events with treats and gifts.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
[Our director Susanne] graduated from Hong Kong SRB college of Education, majoring in art and design. [She] also hold[s] CA teaching credentials and ha[s] more than 20 years teaching experience in Hong Kong and America. [She has] taught children's art programs at East Los Angeles College, and helped prep portfolios during art portfolio prep seminars for high school students.
She says, "Our unique programs are combined Asian and Western styles. My mission is to make everyone enjoy art and appreciate the world with one's heart. Rainbow Art's comprehensive drawing and painting programs maximize the students' potentials in various art projects that go beyond just drawing and painting. We have done live drawing at Chinese New Year festivals, farmers' markets, and children's Chinese opera. We hosted a family event to teach students to recycle and draw on plastic and glass bottles last summer."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our students have won prizes from different drawing contests locally and internationally. Beyond our studio location, we also hold art classes for the City of Monterey Park recreation programs. [We host outdoor events] to inspire students to learn from their environment.
Julia Dean boasts a long and storied career as both a photographer and educator. Her resume includes working as the photo editor for the Associated Press and traveling to more than 40 countries as a freelance photographer for relief groups and magazines. And her vast amount of experience fed into a career in teaching photography at colleges and universities for 30 years. Most recently, her photographic fascinations led to her shoot street photography around the world?particularly in LA?a passion which inspired her to create the Los Angeles Center of Photography.
Inside the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, she and more than 80 experienced and dedicated instructors support photographic arts at the helm of dozens of photography classes. Aside from high-caliber classes, they also provide local and travel workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and lectures. LACP also gives back to their local community by heading outreach efforts to put grants, scholarships, and focused programming in the hands of youth and low-income families.