Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression?she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura?s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego?s foamy beaches to Denver?s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest?s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
The Edina Art Center is a wellspring of creativity. A combination studio space, gallery, and art academy, the center provides opportunities for community members to create and view art. Internationally recognized artists exhibit their art in the Margaret Foss Gallery, and the Clark Gift Shop sells cards, jewelry, and art supplies. For a more hands-on approach to art, classes branch out into every artistic media except the new abstract form of invisible paint. Lessons for all ages include jewelry making, advanced watercolors, and Create a Creature workshops, where students build a sculpture out of polymer clay. For students in grades 2-10 who show advanced aptitude, the Art Academy also offers individualized training with working artists.
The designer of eight Peanuts and Diggin' Dinos statues that dot various sidewalks in St. Paul and also the recipient of praise from publications such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Shane Anderson began his artistic journey doodling expressive cartoons on the covers of his middle-school notebooks. With an eye for detail and bold colors stitched into each of his whimsical drawings, Shane creates layered 3-D work, such as an original painting for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, as well as graffiti-esque pieces that appear on city walls or the exterior of his mother's refrigerator. His distinctive style inspires students of all levels, who glean artistic tidbits from him as they learn to sketch from their own inimitable perspectives.
Signature service: Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing you can breathe in; bring water to hydrate; prepare to learn & have fun.
Within The Fixx Workout Studio's lime-green walls and atop their bright wood floors, trainers act as guides on continuous journeys toward healthy lifestyles. They do it through classes such as boot camp, yoga, Pilates, and kettlebell. Through motivation and encouragement, the trainers foster a sense of community within the gym, as well as a sense of responsibility to one's self. To keep everyone engaged, classes and routines are constantly changing. One day they may have students strapping on boxing gloves to pummel heavy bags or keep them from scratching bug bites. The next could include stretches and pushups. Heaving dumbbells and throwing medicine balls might also be thrown into the mix. Classes also include upbeat hip-hop cardio sessions as well as expressive modern dance. Whatever the case, the passionate trainers make classes fun and light while keeping total body fitness the top priority.