If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new, experienced artist Stephanie Danz offers something low calorie and high-end to kick off your 2012 in style.

Her beginner and advanced stained-glass classes start Wednesday in her new working studio and store in Dove’s Outlet Village off U.S. 19 on Hinkle Road.

Classes are planned for six weeks, two hours per week. Advanced classes are open 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. starting Wednesday.

Beginner classes start Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

“Starting the new year by learning a new skill is something anyone at any age can appreciate,” said Danz. “Working with stained glass puts color, challenge, and creativity into your life, and the results are rewarding and enlightening.”

Danz, well-known for her stained-glass jewelry, bevels, treasure boxes, kaleidoscopes, window panels, home decor and more, has fulfilled her own New Year’s resolution by opening the Mountain Art Glass Shop.

“It’s been a longtime dream to have space to work other than my home, and to include other artists in retail offerings as well as teaching opportunities,” she said.

Her work depicts a distinctive style, melding delicate and decorative soldering for one-of-a-kind creations, which feature Austrian and Czech crystals, natural quartz, amethyst crystals and semi-precious stones.

Danz also works with individuals and businesses to make custom pieces for home or office.

Most recently she has collaborated with her daughter-in-law, fine artist Ginger Danz, designing jewelry and other unique pieces. At the Mountain Art Glass studio and shop, customers may also browse for fine art, pottery, glass and jewelry creations by Doug Coleman, Susan Maslowski, Jon DesMeules and Winter Dawn Marie.

To shop or visit Mountain Art Glass, drive into the Dove’s Outlet Village off Hinkle Road.

Follow the road past the Outlet shop, turn left down the hill. Danz shares the building with Creative Crafts.

Shop hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

To register for a class, inquire about original pieces, or learn more about Mountain Art Glass, call 304-894-7905. Space is limited for each class.

Also, “friend” Mountain Art Class on Facebook to keep up with new activities and view photos of projects and products.

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