Mansi Hans says there is no such thing as “bad art.”
“Art does not have to be intimidating,” says Hans, owner of A Colorful Affair, a one-stop art studio that allows kids, adults and families to experiment with a variety of art forms in a guided studio setting.
Hans, who has a fine arts degree, enjoys introducing canvas, ceramics, fused glass, soaps and scrub, and candle making to private parties or walk-in artists, young and old.
“It’s a unique creative lounge,” Hans continues of the studio at 3027 English Rows Ave., just south of 103rd Street and off Route 59.
The large open space studio is filled with natural light and fun tables. Art supplies line the walls.
“It’s nice because everyone can do the art they want,” Hans says.
Her concept allows a group of people to sit at the same table while each one creates art with a different medium.
“I have a staff of artists to assist each group and individuals,” Hans adds, always looking to hire aspiring and experienced artists for the lounge.
A Colorful Affair offers open studio times, calendar events and private parties. The studio also has a liquor license, which allows for date night or girls night parties. Guests can bring their own food to round-off an evening of fun.
Hans was first inspired to open an all-around art lounge by her elementary school-aged daughter who brought home a B in art a few years back. The girl was devastated, her mom remembers.
Hans also has collaborated with Caribou Coffee, various institutions and local communities to teach and create art at events.
“Art is personal; it’s an experiment,” she says.
On Mother’s Day she saw a mother drag in her two reluctant teenage sons who then left inspired and actually enjoyed creating, Hans says. And that’s exactly what she wants the lounge to do: inspire.
“We are an experienced lounge promoting BYOA, be your own artist,” Hans concludes. “Relax, create and enjoy!”
And everyone leaves with a smile.
Standard Market will finally open Tuesday, May 2. The chef-driven specialty food retailer opens its freshly built location at 1508 Aurora Ave., easily accessible from Ogden Avenue also.
With anticipation mounting, Standard Market promises to bring quality food to the community, help local charities such as a CARE event May 28, and create more than 200 jobs.
“We look forward to opening in Naperville, and providing our customers with a top-quality food destination,” says Standard Market executive chef Brian Wright. “For people who love to cook, we offer the highest quality produce, meat, seafood and other ingredients.”
Ready-made meals, or as Wright calls them “heat-and-eat options,” offer time-strapped shoppers a quick meal solution. The Standard Market Grill also offers a casual dine-in option.
A full “from-scratch bakery, an in-house delicatessen, a craft coffee bar, a gelato bar and an extensive wine, beer and cheese collection, along with choice dairy and pantry offerings,” complete the 40,000-square-foot Naperville location, according to a press release.
A second location is open in Westmont, and a standalone Standard Market Grill is in Chicago.
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