With more than 30 years of artistic accolades under his belt, Steve Cooper tailors each of professional photo sessions to match the unique personality of each of his portrait-seeking patrons. First, future face flashers will sit down with Steve for a pre-portrait consultation to plan the style of their session, choosing between a controlled indoor sitting or one set amid the rock formations, wooded paths, and cloned dinosaurs inhabiting his 3.5-acre portrait park. Once the scheduled images come to artful fruition, photo subjects will select prints at Steve's side in a separate session, becoming reacquainted with their glamorous selves via digital projection. Customers can choose to have their 11"x14" portrait reproduced in color or black and white, and the chosen image will also be retouched and hand-signed to impress even the snootiest of mantelpieces.
The photo-lab technicians at Ross Imaging Center deftly manipulate celluloid memories to produce crisp prints, high-resolution digital images, video transfers, and more. Scanning services, such as slide scans ($2/slide for 1–10 slides) and negative scans ($5.95 for an uncut roll of up to 36 exposures) usher old-fashioned snapshots into the high-res digital age with pixilated images to set inside the mantelpiece iPad. Pictures amassed over dozens of Secretary Appreciation Days condense conveniently onto one CD with the shoebox scan ($39.95 for up to 250 photos) for easy perusal.
Designed specifically for kids 12 and under, Monkey Joes is lined wall-to-wall with inflatables. Little ones leap across slides, jumps, and obstacle courses while enjoying a combination of fun and fitness, much like bench pressing a comedian. A team of trained staff members supervises the youngsters, so parents––who receive complimentary entry––can take a load off in one of the facility's leather chairs or work with staffers to throw the perfect birthday party in a private room.
And while fun may be their forte, these professionals name safety as their number-one priority. They corral kids aged 3 and under in a toddler-specific area and––when the day is done––use a micro-misting device to spray a safe, non-toxic cleaning solution that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses on contact.
Combining her experience working at a restaurant, a prepress printing company, and an advertising agency, Carisa Lockery is able to take a gestalt-like approach to event planning. At CR Socials Event Planning, LLC, she leads teams of coordinators who lend their design and logistical expertise to both intimate events and large-scale soirees. The staff can work from a set of general ideas or build on existing plans, much like the first elevator was built off of abandoned blueprints for a time machine. To complement big-picture services, a resident graphic designer can illustrate custom invitations and greeting cards, and a resident florist builds elaborate bouquets to fit color schemes.
Having recorded for such esteemed labels as Columbia Masterworks and Koch International Classics, Orchestra New England showcases masterful musicianship through performances of works by classical, romantic, and modern composers throughout the year. A yearly celebration of the sounds and sages of the baroque era, Baroquefest 2011 will feature guest harpsichordist Linda Skernick and selections such as Bach's Concerto in A Minor and Telemann's Tafelmusik III. "Soiree" explores the music of Vienna in the 1920s, as the orchestra will perform Schoenberg's arrangements of Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun, Mahler's Symphony no. 4, and excerpts from Thomas Edison's short-lived heavy metal band, The Draconian Lightbülbs. The premiere of a new work by composer-in-residence Mark Kuss, "Sounds. Distant." explores community displacement in China and features native Chinese musicians. The "Sounds. Distant." concert will also feature performances of works by Ives, Elgar, Bartok, Schubert, and more.
A renowned artist whose work has graced shows at major museums, Brainard Carey knows the difficult journey from aspiration to success firsthand. Through The Art World Demystified, he helps connect artists at all levels – from those just starting out to others seeking major breaks in mid-career – to opportunities for shows and sponsorship. In his subscription-based newsletter, Brainard spotlights not only deadlines for grants, awards, and residencies, but also interviews major figures in the arts, such as Pablo Picasso's favorite brush. He even extends his services directly to individual subscribers with one-on-one mentoring, which ranges from answering questions to consulting artists about their work and networking skills.