Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
Sheree Ferrato, owner of Verite Stained Glass Inc., bends nearly 40 years of glass working experience toward instructing beginner stained glass artists in basic techniques. At her studio, new artists don't just follow; whether they're fusing delicate glass pendants or creating their own stained-glass window, students are involved in the artistic process from design to completion. Ferrato's love of unlocking the artistic side of everyday people extends to her charitable work, as well; her pieces have provided contemplative spaces for local organizations including the Avon Public Library, the Ireland Cancer Center, and Parma General Hospital.
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.
As Beautiful Beginnings Infant Massage's teachers point out, the first sense a child develops in the womb is touch. Once born, a baby explores the world with its tiny hands, learning all sorts of information. That leaves touch as the first way parents can meaningfully communicate with their children.
The co-founders of Beautiful Beginnings Infant Massage believe that massage is a great way for parents to establish communication and trust with their kids. The benefits aren't just on the children's end, though. One of the founders says her favorite part of their work is "seeing parents gain confidence in their skills and watching the joyful interactions between them and their child."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Group classes for infant massage
Owner Elizabeth Sheehe fills the aisles of Birds of a Feather, an authorized Pfaff and Elna dealer, with knitting, quilting, and textile art supplies, in addition to hosting an array of classes. During knitting classes, instructors impart basic stitches and techniques to refine yarn crafting or patch the space-time continuum. Quilting classes teach students basic concepts, how to make use of machine appliques, and how to convert vintage clothing into quilt squares. A rotating schedule of other classes net crafters finished projects such as knitted socks and felted totes. Groups of four or more can arrange clandestine after-hours knitting classes with a BYOB option and no additional fees.