- Address: 280 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, CT. (Rt 7 – next to Empire Fence)
- Phone: Call (475) 215-5582
- Email email@example.com
Fun, engaging classes in art, musical theater, Cultural Music & Movement, Mommy & Me, creative writing, knitting, Paint & Sip for adults and teens and more are offered by nurturing, experienced professionals. Our mission is to provide a learning space that encourages exploration and discovery. Play-based activities help kids develop respect for each other, nature, their community and the world that surrounds them. We offer birthday parties, GLOW parties, Mommy & Me, Music & Movement for the wee ones and their grown-ups and more!
We also offer DJ services as well as face painting, games and party entertainment. We specialize in children, teens and family events but also DJ birthdays, Sweet 16’s, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs as well! Our love of kids is apparent in the energy and excitement we brings to each of our events. Your chid may have seen “DJ Wendi Poprock” at Scotland Elementary, Barlow Mountain, Scott’s Ridge, Jesse Lee Day School, Ridgefield Police Department’s Trunk or Treat at The Lounsbury House and more.
A huge component of our work is helping nonprofits. Over the last 15+ years, owner, Wendy Mitchell, and friends have planned and raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, Ann’s Place for Cancer, Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids, Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, REACH Newtown, Dylans Wings of Change, Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Family & Children’s Aid, Meals on Wheels, local food pantries and many other 501(c)3 organizations. 100% of the funds collected at various fundraisers are given to 501(c)3 organizations. 100% of our volunteers’ time and talent, as well as the entertainment provided at benefits are provided free of charge.
We believe that whatever we send out into the world through our collective energy, thoughts, emotions, words and most importantly- ACTIONS, will manifest into something good for those who surrounds us.
Meet the Owner/Director
Wendy Ann Mitchell is a singer, bass player, writer, teacher, DJ, musical theater director and a breast cancer survivor (2/17/15). The youngest of six, she studied Child Development at Post University and received her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Connecticut in 2008. Wendy, a Ridgefield married mom of three, has over 25 years of experience teaching including 15 years teaching Musical Theater to children and teens in the Greater Danbury area.
In 2007, she wrote, produced and directed a live, interactive, multi-media drama called “Forward Motion” presented by teens, for teens in inner cities across Connecticut to help combat drug and alcohol abuse. After the tragic school shootings on Dec. 14, 2012 in her hometown of Sandy Hook, Wendy founded the nonprofit organization, The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (The SHACK), as a creative way for children and families heal through the power of the arts through free music and art programs. The SHACK partnered with Animal Assisted Therapy, Connecticut Music Therapy and Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs to provide free services which helped hundreds of families heal after the worst tragedy in our state. In January of 2014, Hearst Media Services honored Wendy with the “Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” award in the Greater Danbury Area for volunteer work she performed as Executive Director of The SHACK.
Wendy currently lives in Ridgefield with her husband, a drummer, her son, also a drummer, her teenage daughter (RHS Class of 2018) and 4-year-old black lab rescue dog. Her oldest son is a working actor in NYC. Wendy volunteers and serves as a member of the Ridgefield Arts Council, The Ridgefield Youth Commission and the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center’s Ancient Order of Hibernians (Ladies Division). When not juggling numerous tasks and wearing many hats, Wendy blogs about her breast cancer journey on her website Wendipoprock.com using the hashtag #MyLeftBoob to help raise awareness of self breast exams for early detection. After 16 months of red devil chemo, 30 rounds of radiation, 5 surgeries and multiple complications, Wendy is now cancer-free and works to raise funds and awareness of Ann’s Place, a local nonprofit that helps cancer patients and their families.
Meet the Teachers
Artist Jesse Lewis, was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and has remained in Connecticut his entire life. He was raised in Darien, and displayed a knack for art at a very early age. It was not until he entered the Darien High School and encountered his mentor, art teacher Robert Sorensen, that he began to take art seriously.
Jesse lost his mother to cancer when he was fourteen years old and while academics did not come easy to Jesse, art was always his savior. With Mr. Sorensen’s guidance, Jesse developed a portfolio to show prospective colleges. Jesse studied illustration and fine art Paier College of Art in Hamden and also took courses at Gibbs College in Norwalk, CT to study graphic design and website design. Jesse earned a Degree in Visual Communications, worked at several local YMCA after school programs and for the East School in New Canaan as a special education teaching assistant.
Jesse worked at the now-closed Renew Art Cottage in Ridgefield and later opened his own home-based art studio. Jesse is excited to teach drawing, cartooning, clay, woodworking and more at the Arts & Nature School and will also lead Paint & Sip canvas painting.
Lulu is a talented, colorful and friendly artist with an eye for creating outstanding and whimsical art. Growing up in Ridgefield, she learned from many of the talented teachers at Silvermine Arts Center and Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and graduated High School with an IB certificate in art. She started her artist career in Seattle, face painting on the side of her farmers market vegetable stand in 2010, and quickly discovered her passion for face paint and a market for her talents. Since then, her talent has grown and expanded to festivals, fairs, events, and many private events and parties. When not painting faces, Lulu spends her time tending to her little mobile farm and building her tiny house. She has a heart for adventure and often takes mini-retirements to travel the world. Lulu will teach sewing, needle felting, doll making and more.
Ridgefielder Michael Cerullo works with a variety of mixed media, but predominantly uses spray paints to create abstractions of letter forms which blur the lines between graffiti and fine art. Michael will be teaching “The Art of Graffiti” at the Arts & Nature School of Ridgefield focusing on drawing and lettering styles to students in grades 4-12. He attended Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts where he earned a BA in Fine Art. He enjoys creating murals for fun, as well as for local businesses such as Joy Ride and Whip Salon in Ridgefield, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the the Prospector Theater.
Michael’s work has been juried into several group shows including the Ridgefield Guild of Artist’s Annual Juried show in which he was awarded Second Place in 2014 as well as into Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery. His work was also featured in several other group shows including “Graphique” at the Watershed Gallery in Ridgefield. His artwork has been featured in the Ridgefield Press, the News Times, Hartford Courant and Ridgefield Magazine. Michael will be teaching “The Art of Graffiti” at the Arts & Nature School of Ridgefield focusing on drawing and lettering styles to students in grades 4-12.
French native Nathalie Dunn discovered knitting 22 years ago while expecting her first child, got addicted and hasn’t stopped since. Nathalie, a Ridgefielder, loves to play with colors, textures and different patterns— “from classic snowflakes to crazy dinosaurs playing the guitar.”
She has a back ground in hospitality but changed career once in the States. She has been tutoring and teaching French for the past 15 years for all ages from 5 to 80+ through private programs and an adult school . “I enjoyed teaching and sharing a passion, from French to knitting to cooking.” Besides knitting, Nathalie’s hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening and taking pictures of flowers and landscapes. Nathalie is experienced working with children, very patient and is excited to teach knitting for children and adults as well as one-day workshops.
Rae Elliott / Taylor Rae Eggleston
Taylor Rae Eggleston (Pen name Rae Elliott) has been fascinated with the art of storytelling since she was just eight years old. Taylor is a certified graduate of the Tribe Writers class taught by New York Times best-selling author Jeff Goins. Taylor Rae, known to the blogosphere as “Rae Elliot,” is the creator of the widely popular barelyharebooks.com, a blog dedicated to teaching teens how to write “fandom-worthy” fiction. She produces her own podcast based on her blog as well. Her blog received the “100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017” award from The Write Life.
Taylor Rae has self-published three young adult fiction books and sold countless copies of her how-to writing guides, including The NaNoWriMo Kit: Write A Novel in 30 Days. Taylor Rae is an experienced writing instructor and after-school teacher for teens who believes all teens have a powerful story to share with the world. She is excited to help teens discover their voice, build their confidence and share their unique message with the world through the written word.