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.
When a student improved her ACT math score from 19 to 24 after taking his class, Dave Bobbitt knew he was onto something. He and the other experienced tutors at the ACT Help Center have made it their mission to help students improve their scores through interactive classes taught live online, where they demonstrate various problem types and take questions. The instructors only teach one subject each, which enables them to focus on their area of expertise rather than tutoring in a subject they’re not as familiar with or hurriedly trying to learn how to read.
Wielding years of practice and an arsenal of Pureology products, Breathe Salon’s quartet of stylists transforms men’s and women’s hair into chic coiffures. After a brief consultation, the shampoo-and-style pampering package begins with a sudsy shampooing to clear locks of dirt, oil, and discarded gum. Stylists seal in new fashions by running flat irons through manes or by aiming yawning blow-dryers at them. Alternatively, scissors snip away overgrowth during a men’s or women’s haircut that begins with a consultation to discuss style preferences. After washing tresses, mane maestros orchestrate strands into a style that harmonizes with clients' personality like a mockingbird harmonizes with a referee's whistle.