The walls of an old, repurposed church reverberate with the sounds of joyful singing, strumming guitars, rhythmic tap shoes, theatrical monologues, and whirring pottery wheels. As part of a nonprofit organization, ACPPA Community Art Center's instructors kindle sparks of creativity in the community through youth and adult programs in studio and performing arts, fitness, and dance. A jam-packed calendar keeps families busy with art exhibitions, Mommy and Me pottery-painting classes, and community mural projects bring that residents together to beautify local spaces or paint over typos on the town's welcome sign.
Rachel A. Troche puts the Rachel A. Troche in Rachel A. Troche photography. The accomplished photographer is comfortable shooting a wide range of events, from engagements and weddings to electric fine art and glamorous headshots. Rachel donates 10% of all her sales to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a way of saying thanks to her generous clientele.
Even Mermaid Art Studio’s sign is a masterpiece. Above the storefront window, a giant octopus with outstretched tentacles holds a redheaded mermaid. The vintage maritime aesthetic carries over to the studio’s interior, where chalk-drawn seascapes and wooden fish sit atop a mosaic floor created by owner Denine Wish and some of her students. During group classes or private lessons, these artists of varying skill levels use provided materials to mold ceramics, paint portraits, and tie-dye their pet ponies’ tails.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal is valid for rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, exhilarating sport classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's Open Gym sessions, as well as a $25 discount on Gymboree clothing with a $50 minimum purchase.
With crisp, sharply focused images, Philament Photography tells the stories of families and weddings. Photographers find those narratives in the details and emotions of candid moments, smiles, and happy tears. Those stories can be told with moving pictures, as well; with the same attention to flawless finishes, Philament's videographers can record special events. Besides vibrant portraits and videos, the staff can also organize fashion shoots.