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ARTrageous Adventures

is a full service art studio that offers programming for all ages. Nestled in the heart of the Kenwood community. We are close to Uptown, Edina, Linden Hills, Lynlake and Downtown.

Our Mission
To unleash the creative power within people of all ages by creating programs that connect people to themselves, their community, and the diversity of the world. We believe that living is an art and that you should live life ARTrageously!

Our ARTrageous Staff

Amanda Vallone

Founder

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

When I walked into Young At Art Children’s Museum when I was 18 years old. I fell in love with the idea of introducing the elements of art and art history to young children. I learned so much working there and being pART of the exhibit changes and developing programs for their Early Childhood programs. This amazing place went from a small space in a strip mall to one of the largest in South Florida. If you ever are in the area, check them out. www.youngatartmuseum.org

 

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

Franconia Sculpture Park, which is why this year we took our staff on a field trip there during our annual Staff Retreat. This outdoor park is filled with amazing sculptures made from metal, wood, plastic and other materials from artists all over the states. Each time you visit you see something new and is open year round near Taylor Falls. Go on a road trip adventure to see for yourself. www.franconia.org

 

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

I love hosting birthday pARTies at the studio! I love finding out what that child’s interests are and coming up with a custom project to make with their friends. It’s also fun to see what the parents do on their end and how it all comes together for a truly ARTrageous celebration. Plus you sometimes get a piece of cake!

 

What is your all time favorite quote?

Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

- Pablo Picasso

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Jolene

Curriculum/Web/Marketing

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

My earliest memories and inspiration towards the arts came from my sister Amanda. She was always teaching art or working to create something amazing!

 

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

I love the comic shop by my house! The staff that decorates is super creative and the place always looks like you are really in these comics. There is also an art gallery in the loft of the shop that has a rotating theme where local artists can submit a piece!

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

To check out the new on site Artists bio and their craft!

What is your all time favorite quote?

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."

Dr. Seuss

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Mel

Canvas Instructor/Face Painter

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

I have always loved everything about art. My mom used to say, “Melanie has been making art since the moment she realized that, not only do crayons taste delicious, but they also make beautiful lines!” She was the one who first introduced me to art. When I was young, my mom was an oil painter. She decided to switch to water-based acrylics when, one day, she unfortunately discovered that oil paint is very difficult to wash off of an enthusiastic toddler. I can remember, many pleasant afternoons, sitting on the floor with my snack and watching Bob Ross on channel 2 with her.

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

January 2018, I had the good fortune to be able to travel to Amsterdam. The entire city smelled of rain and coffee and art was everywhere. It was in the architecture of the old buildings and in the museums on every corner. The Van Gogh Museum was my favorite. Van Gogh works on acrylic with color but also texture. The paintings seem to almost “move” with the directional strokes under your eyes.

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

My favorite thing to do at ARTrageous is to watch people come out of their shell when they create and have fun. Adults and children alike. At first, some people are shy or intimidated or just don’t have the confidence to know that whatever is created is only half the fun. It’s the journey and the creative process where the magic happens! People laughing and opening up - stress melts away and whatEVER the creative project is that’s made, the good feeling that was generated during the making of it, is infused in it, so that they remember and feel a little bit of it every time they look at it in the future.

What is your all time favorite quote?

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.”

- Pablo Picasso

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Roman

Art Instructor

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

My mother has encouraged and supported my creativity from a very young age, but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that my teachers pushed me to think about art more seriously. I am inspired by those teachers and everyone who has supported my passion, and I have become a teaching artist so that I can do the same for others.

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

The most artistic place I have been to by far has to be Italy. I had the privilege of visiting major cities such as Florence and Rome on a 10 day trip in high school and it completely changed the way I view art and it’s role in and influence on history and in culture. I even chose my name, Roman, from my love of Italy and the impact it had on me as a young artist.

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

My all-time favorite thing to do ARTrageous is to work one-on-one with students on canvas paintings that they are able to get really invested in. I love teaching and watching the process of planning, sketching, layering, and problem solving unfold as young artists work to create large and detailed pieces that they’re really proud of.

What is your all time favorite quote?

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this”- Old Man, Legend of Zelda

Abby

Art Instructor

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

When I was younger I had always used art as an outlet and really didn't realize it until I was in high school when I had a ceramics teacher who let me work on whatever for my grade instead of the assigned projects. It really gave me an open space to work but also gave me the pressure of making project after project so I was ready to make art into my lifestyle.

 

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

I've been traveling my whole life, but what really inspires me to create is nature in Minnesota. I love to go to abandoned places and seeing how nature grew over us. It's really amazing!

 

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

I love coloring, if I'm at ARTrageous I would be coloring!

What is your all time favorite quote?

“If every pork chop were prefect we wouldn’t have hot dogs

I love Steven Universe. It’s a great show with good humor and a great message. This quote just tops the show for me.

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Stephanie

Art Instructor

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

My Grandma Hoevet, Aunt Jeanie and my Mom were my first inspirations to the idea of becoming a creator when I was a younger person. My Grandma was a great influence in my creative life; she was a great quilter, knitter and sewer making amazing family heirlooms.  My Aunt Jeanie and her husband Uncle Frank are now retired from their craft making amazing things from wood and old barns scatted throughout the farmlands of Nebraska. My mom ensured to keep in involved in my craft and her along with my husband were my biggest supporters during my jewelry school days and setting up my basement studio.

 

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

The most Artistic place that I’ve been to so far it the Galleria dell’Accademia to view the statue of the David.  Matter of fact, our entire time in Italy seeing all the museums and landmarks in Rome and Florence was one of the most Artistic places I have ever been.  The history and art will astound you.  

 

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

My favorite thing to do at ARTrageous is the community events!  I love meeting fresh new faces to create with and to tell them all about the great studio and all we have to offer.

 

What is your all time favorite quote?

“I’m on the path that leads to awesome!” – Kid President

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Ani

Art Instructor

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART? 

I’ve always loved art class in school, my art teachers could tell I was engaged and pushed me to continue. I love every art teacher I have had and grateful for them. I am currently going to school for art education so I can help students enjoy and develop art for themselves. 

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

The most artistic place I have been is Northeast Minneapolis during art-a-whirl. There are buildings full of studios packed with all types of art. It is super fun to explore all the beautiful culture in our city.

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

My favorite thing to do at ARTrageous is the drop-in on Saturday. The unplanned creative projects are fun to help out with and watch develop. 

What is your all time favorite quote?

 “If every pork chop was perfect, we wouldn’t have hot dogs”
 -Steven Universe
I typically don’t eat meat, especially red, but I love this quote. It’s not only from one of my favorite shows, which I would recommend to absolutely everyone, but it also reminds the listener that life is about being yourself and stressing less. 

Becky

Art Instructor

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

My parents and grandmothers are all very creative in very different ways. Mom’s a talented crafter that taught me to discover new ideas and uses for things. Dad’s a logical visionary that taught me to see how something will function before it’s been created. My grandmothers both painted and shared it with me growing up; one demonstrating a controlled, fine art style and one a more playful and limitless style. All of their influences brought life to my own breed of creativity. Thanks, fam!

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

Honestly, nature. Earth has creation down to a science, literally. Incredible art exists that a human could never create. The truth is that art is everywhere, and when you start to think like an artist and a creator, it becomes hard to miss anywhere you go.

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?I love getting to teach artistic concepts and then watch how young artists apply them. It’s a rare opportunity to get to introduce new concepts to such pure, un-molded minds. It teaches you whole new ways of thinking about the world.

What is your all time favorite quote?

“There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” (and happy little trees.) -Bob Ross

Peyton

Art Instructor

When and who first introduced or inspired you to create ART?

I was mostly influenced in the visual arts world by my step mother who is an artist, along with my great grandfather who was an Italian sculptor during the time the basilica was being built and helped to create to the interior plaster workings on the ceiling

 

What is the most ARTistic place you have been to and why?

The most artistic place I’ve ever been is probably New Orleans. On every block there was some kind of art form; whether it was a musician, painter, sculptor, dancer or drag queen they were all so beautiful and talented. The entire city was joined by their passion for art and love. 

What is your favorite thing to do at ARTrageous?

My favorite thing to do at ARTrageous is tell the kids about the influential artists that paved the way for so many people to be able to share their art freely and without criticism. I also love being able to help the kids create the art they want to make. 

What is your all time favorite quote?

“Creativity takes courage” Henry Matisse 

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