Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show I Hate my Kitchen, on the episode entitled Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) engages 650 young artists in North Minneapolis annually in hands-on educational programs that teach professional design, production, and marketing skills. Led by professional artists and higher-education instructors, each job-training studio uses an integrative, problem-solving curriculum that guides students through the planning, production, and marketing of high-quality design products, which can then be sold to both local and national customers. Through its programs, JXTA aims to transform young artists into innovators and problem solvers, arming them with the confidence, skills, and connections to successfully enter and thrive in the creative workforce. A strong focus on community-based creative expression encourages participating youth to contribute to the revitalization of their own communities as they develop their careers.
A Minneapolis fixture since the glaciers receded and left early Minnesotans with the desire for a strong, strong drink, the 8,000-square-foot Broadway Avenue Merwin houses more liquid libations than Dionysus's former home, the Alpha Sigma Sigma fraternity house. Globetrot through German, Belgian, Irish, and domestic craft beers; $10 six packs of New Grist gluten-free beer are also available. Merwin adds elegance to candlelit evenings with a wine selection more diverse than the types of mold that grow on an old set of dentures. Harder stuff such as $10 1-liter bottles of Black Velvet whiskey and Clan McGreggor scotch ($14 for 1 liter) warms any chilly evening. With Bombay Sapphire gin ($26.99 for 1 liter), Casa Noble's two-year anejo tequila ($55 for 750 ml), and Grey Goose vodka ($34.99 for 1 liter), Merwin has 10 times the selection of even the swankest bar and usually fewer fistfights, so it’s an excellent alternative to a night on the town, especially since your bed will always drive you home safely.
Action Packed Paintball?s combat settings in Jordan include eight outdoor fields designed for woodsball, urban combat, and speedball. The experienced staff can accommodate private reservations and walk-on games, and there is a spectator area for those who prefer to just watch the action. After differences are settled on the field, outdoor combatants can retreat to onsite grilling and picnic areas as well as indoor restrooms.
Ever since Jessica Fleming was 14, she has been attached to her camera. It's an extension of her body. Or a third eye, to be more precise. She doesn't leave her home without it, and even while home, it's probably never out of reach. Photography is more than a fascination—it's a passion.
When Jessica is behind the lens, everything becomes clear when seen through the camera's eye. That's why she uses it to document life and emotion in all their myriad forms. It informs her style, which is photojournalistic and documentary. With that approach, Jessica captures people in a natural state, finding beauty in the honesty of candid moments and self-expression. It's part of the reason she loves working with families, couples, and kids.
Everyone has a story to tell, and Jessica relishes the opportunity to help them tell it through pictures. She also helps tell the stories of marriage with wedding photography, and romance with boudoir sessions. She captures those and all stories with shoots arranged at her studio, the client's home, or at a park where kids can run and play and not have to miss their daily boot camp workout.