Artist Mike Buszuwski wanted to create
“an inspirational place for kids to come and explore art.” Thus, Painting Fun Spot was born. He and his artistic staff equip artists of all ages with all the necessary supplies—nontoxic, USA-made plaster pieces, paints, sealants, and paintball guns—to create colorful sculptures in a relaxed, kid-friendly studio complete with booster seats and pint-sized aprons. Vibrant walls and an undersea mural inspire creativity during studio time, summer camps, and parties and help budding artists bestow blank plaster canvases with hand-painted masterpieces.
Painting Fun Spot also hosts painting fun art classes, during which instructor
Tonya Warnke Buszuwski, a professional artist with works in collections throughout the U.S., instructs adults in the finer points of pigment placement. She leads students step by step through a selected canvas work, capturing the tranquility of an impressionistic Tuscan countryside, the bold hues of a cross, or a trio of tulips playing poker with a basset hound.
Mark T. Carboni's culinary philosophy emphasizes flavorful, internationally inspired cuisine that can be re-created at home with relative ease. His recipes avoid using obscure ingredients, time-intensive preparations, or kitchen equipment that can only be acquired through NASA. His cookbook’s familiar gustatory staples include pan-seared pork chops, spicy pumpkin soup, and chicken satay. Carbo also dispenses practical wisdom during themed, hands-on classes and makes regular appearances on WAJI Majic 95.1, where he leads cooking demonstrations with the Majic in the Morning team.
With 30 years of playing experience, guitar sensei Mark Schimmoller has perfected a multitude of styles from rockabilly to indie to Crane Style. After years spent performing around Chicago and touring with the band The Hush, Mark settled down in Fort Wayne—where he now shares his expertise with students of all skill levels during private lessons and maintains his chops with his ’80s alternative band Weird Science. Lessons incorporate various forms of media to help students absorb knowledge more easily than a sentient ShamWow. Mark also keeps precious instruments in top condition by offering guitar setup services and minor repairs.
After a decade of honing his craft in the solitude of his garage, Eran Park realized he would need his own studio. A stint in a shop taught him the importance of learning from his peers, and a visit from a dozen field tripping daycare students made him anxious for a more professional setup. Since successfully opening The Glass Park, Eran continues to hone his skills while showcasing his works, from spheres swirled with brilliant colors to beads ready for games of psychedelic mancala. The experienced artisan also shares the techniques of his craft with new students, and hosts fellow artists looking to provide their own workshops.
No matter their age or chosen discipline of dance, students can practice and learn their art at K. Monique's Studio of Dance. Instructors lead classes in a variety of styles, including jazz, lyrical and modern dance, hip-hop, ballet, and tap. Instructors also lead a number of fitness and health conscious classes, which range from Zumba to Pilates, Piloxing crossover classes that fuse Pilates and boxing, and boot camps that help burn calories with interval training drills.
2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace allows amateurs to feel first-hand how a real race car rumbles as its tires scorch a professional speedway. Participants can either ride shotgun with an experienced driver or hop behind the wheel to tackle the track themselves. For more of the genuine experience, drivers don the full array of safety gear before climbing or vaulting through the window, including a sleek racing suit, helmet, and HANS neck-protection device.