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 six main locations in two states.
La Grange owners and dedicated community members Paul and Meg Lefaivre were ecstatic to bring Bottle & Bottega to their neighborhood. The Lefaivres, along with a slate of local artists, encourage 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.
Despite an ever-growing base of more than 1,000 clients, Amy Tripple prefers to say she's honed her skills through her main source of inspiration: her own three children. The former elementary teacher employs her advanced child-handling skills as she captures candid images of young ones, preserving childhood memories more easily than laminating a beloved stuffed animal. The National Association of Child Photographers member also shares her know-how through regular classes that cover the basic elements of DSLR photography and how to manipulate the resulting images in digital scrapbooks and Adobe Photoshop.
Though hip-hop performances have been the building blocks of DLD Dance Center, that's just one of the many dance styles director Dyanna Daniels and her instructors offer at the Downers Grove dance studio. Here, DLD’s team enlightens students aged 4 through adult with ballet, jazz, contemporary, and Latin jams. When not perfecting techniques at the studio, DLD dancers can be found around town entertaining audiences with flash-mob performances, including the dance they performed for an episode of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss.
Breaking glass is easy, but slicing it takes a subtle touch. Luckily, the Gallery's Choice's staff of skilled artisans demonstrate how to safely dance the flame of the torch as it transforms powdered glass into beautiful works of exquisite jewelry. Students of all ages can learn how to make stained-glass artworks, how to create colorful jewelry, and how to fuse glass rather than just holding pieces together with rubber banding. Beyond their creative curriculum, the studio also sells one-of-a-kind creations made by a roster of more than 75 local artists.
People who visit the Brigantine Gallery and Art Academy can browse a diverse collection of professional masterpieces. But they can also create their own. That's because the gallery offers an array of different art classes, including a popular Paint & Play program, which invites students to explore their artistic abilities under the direction of professional artists. The gallery also offers private lessons, hosts open-painting hours, and holds all-inclusive monthly workshops, too.
Celebrity Dance Studio’s instructors boast impressive resumés that include years of instructor experience and multiple competitions. At Celebrity, they teach a wide variety of dance styles such as cha-cha, salsa, swing, waltz, and tango to name a few. They lead private and group lessons for people of all ages and skill levels, from absolute beginners to hobbyists with an interest in competing.