The ARTbar is located in the historical Santora building, in the popular Artist's District in the Old Town part of Santa Ana, CA.
I had done design work for owner, Nicole Steinman for previous businesses, and was asked to design the identity, and subsequent advertising for the ARTbar. I mention this, because it is a special place. It is a store, yes. But it is more than classes and eye candy. It makes art available to everybody, at whatever level needed.
I am no longer on the payroll but I do teach classes occasionally, so this endorsement comes from the heart not the wallet.
In 2006, I was teaching one of my "Rip Roaring Collage" classes, and was telling the students that they could reuse canvases. To this point, I brought out a 24" x24" purple canvas with a really ugly red tulip, bought for $4 at a local thrift store. I said I would attempt a collage and at the end of the class we critiqued my then titled, "Bad Hair Day".
Ever had a bad hair day?