In 1994, Lance Johnston launched his photography business in a makeshift studio within the garage his parents? house. These days, his studio in Conway still resides in a Johnston-family garage, only this time the 1,200-square-foot space rests on nearly two acres of land that Lance owns himself. During Wednesday and Friday sessions in Conway, Tuesday and Thursday shoots at his Little Rock Studio, and numerous on-location appointments in between, Lance and his top-notch staff busily refine his ?new classic? style by snapping shots of families, high-school seniors, wedding parties, and kids. His clients can capture their favorites in a variety of matted, framed, and canvas portraits. Lance?s eye for preservation-ready moments has earned him 11 Kodak-Gallery awards as well as honors for his children?s photography from the APPA and the Arkansas chapter of the If You Keep Making That Face, It Might Stay That Way Forever Foundation.
Wildwood Park?s 104 bucolic acres are home to woodland trails, manicured gardens, and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. In service of the center's continuing mission to encourage lifelong learning and fertile imaginations, the expansive grounds host myriad events that marry culture and art, from annual festivals to year-round children?s education programs. Beyond artistic pursuits, visitors can simply savor the center's natural splendor by taking in the sights of the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, wending through the Carl Hunger Wildflower Glenn, or spotting ballerinas in the wild at the park?s eight-acre swan lake. The nonprofit park maintains its gardens, education projects, and other artistic hallmarks purely through help from its community, including volunteers, individual donors, and arts organizations.
Arkansas Extended Learning Center culls a massive, seasonal lineup of informative classes, recruiting chefs, artists, athletes, and other professionals to share their wisdom with students of all ages. Pupils can pick up new hobbies such as fly-fishing or digital photography, or sharpen nascent abilities in fields such as cooking and wine-tasting. Otherwise, they can tone up their physiques in fitness and dance classes, discover a new way to communicate in foreign-language workshops, or learn how to cut their way out of a hedge maze during gardening and landscaping tutorials.
Located in the downtown Little Rock’s historic Taborian Hall, Arkansas Flag and Banner showcases a variety of national-loyalty items and a friendly staff with knowledge in respectful flag etiquette. This deal gets you a 3’x5’ symbol of patriotic pride—an American flag made in the U.S. with embroidered stars, sewn stripes, and durable nylon that is designed to withstand UV sunlight. Sign up for Arkansas Flag and Banner’s Flag Alerts email service to stay updated on upcoming flag holidays and when to fly at half-staff. This deal can be redeemed at the Little Rock location or shipped directly to your home and your awaiting porch in time for Independence Day celebrations or everyday nods to country dedication.
Focus Photography's Larry Odom leverages the shutterbug skills gained during years of globe-trotting photography work into personalized portrait sessions. Prepare photogenic faces for a scheduled sitting ($50+ in studio, on location prices vary), allowing Odom to capture the joy of recent births, the infectious energy of graduating students, or the stoic grace of ventriloquist duos. Following shoots, customers can select preassembled packages ($65+) or order their favorite à la carte prints in a variety of offspring-embarrassing sizes, including 4"x6” ($15), 8"x10” ($45), and a mounted 20"x24” ($315). Each photo loses imperfections with included enhancements, burnishing dull tones with color correction and replacing frowning faces with the digitally inserted head of Teddy Roosevelt.