Retired art teacher Patty Semrick is starting a new job that will allow her to continue working with children while giving her former students a space to enjoy art.
Semrick is owner of Patty's Art Party, a small 400-square-foot art studio in central Fresno that specializes in children's art classes and birthday parties.
The studio, at 1898 E. Gettysburg Ave., east of Blackstone Avenue, opens Tuesday. A grand opening celebration will be held Oct. 17 in conjunction with ArtHop.
"The birthday party thing is way huge and over the top, and I wanted to do something that brought it down a little bit, but provided a lot of fun," said Semrick, who recently retired from Bullard Talent after teaching for more than 20 years.
Semrick will hold four-week art classes for children ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. She also will have art camps during school breaks. Children ages 12 and older are invited to open studio nights every first and third Wednesday of the month.
The two-hour birthday parties allow up to 12 children to create a masterpiece, Semrick said.
Party themes include using oil pastels to paint cakes like artist Wayne Thiebaud, creating Pablo Picasso faces, drawing treasure maps for a pirate adventure and using Sharpies to create art inspired by Aboriginal art from Australia.
Details: Facebook.com/pattysartparty or (559) 779-0344.
Taking the bar
A new exercise studio that incorporates a ballet bar into its classes is gearing up to open in Fresno.
The Bar Method will offer its unique fitness classes at a studio at 6751 N. Palm Ave., near Herndon Avenue.
The classes are a one-hour, low-impact workout that has roots in ballet and physical therapy. Some exercises include using a small weight, moving it just one inch up and down, said franchise owner Jennifer Hoekstra.
"This fatigues the body very quickly," she said. "Right after is when we stretch the muscle and this creates the long, lean sculpted muscle effect."
Hoekstra, a nurse for 25 years, was a The Bar Method regular in Southern California before moving to the area. She missed the classes so much she decided to open the studio.
Hoekstra and her daughter, Lauren Hoekstra, are both certified instructors of the method.
The Bar Method studio opens Oct. 12. A preview and grand opening celebration will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at neighboring restaurant Parma.
For pricing and other details, see fresno.batmeth od.com.
Les Schwab Tire Centers is continuing its expansion in the central San Joaquin Valley, opening its latest store Sept. 5 in Selma.
The store is in the Selma Square shopping center at 2731 Highland Ave., south of Highway 99, near Office Max and Food 4 Less stores. Chris Dowdy is the store manager.
The Selma store is the sixth for the Les Schwab chain in the Valley, joining three stores in Fresno and one each in Clovis and Dinuba.
The company, founded in Oregon in 1952, now has more than 440 stores in nine Western states, including 84 stores in Northern California.
BoNhia Lee, Bethany Clough and Tim Sheehan contributed to this report. It was compiled by Clough. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @BethanyClough on Twitter.