Art in Bloom showcases masterpieces by area painters paired with floral arrangements inspired by their works. Proceeds from the event benefit the Johns Creek Arts Center, whose inexpensive art programs kick-start the creative minds of nascent Picassos and glue-stick virtuosos. The Saturday event features an arts market, whose selection of pottery, jewelry, and trinkets serve as ideal Mother's Day gifts or as prizes for professional-wrestling tournaments.
Amanda Jones’s artistry is an essential part of a greater cycle; after growing up in a home and community awash in creative expression, she now extends the same opportunity to students of all ages. Though she is a practitioner of many art forms, Amanda specializes in mixed media sculpture and fiber arts; her gifts typically manifest themselves as enigmatic folk art and intricately woven shawls. When not teaching out of her Johns Creek home, she can often be found holding classes for local organizations, providing lessons for disabled artists, and surreptitiously unraveling friends’ sweaters for weaving materials.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Objet d'Art Gallery & Studios showcases works from more than 40 local and regional artists, including paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. With inspiration aplenty, the studio welcomes visitors of any age inside every day of the week to participate in classes, workshops, and open-studio sessions. The instructors lead students during a variety of different classes, offering direction in artistic crafts such as canvas and pottery painting, fused and stained glass, clay, and collage. The also run Art Camp during school breaks and vacations.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.