beARTrageous–Michelle and Amanda Jump in With Both Feet

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Michele Elin and Amanda Vallone–two funky, outrageous moms who will change your life if you let them!

I met them at a Caribou Coffee in the Highland Park district of St. Paul to learn more about them and their company, beARTrageous.  I walked in a few minutes late and was immediately drawn to them, hoping beyond all hope that their welcoming smiles were for me and that they were the women I was supposed to meet.

To my delight, they were beARTrageous!

Michelle and Amanda met at Best Buy’s Corporate Headquarters.  Their daughters became best friends, and that became the perfect catalyst for their friendship. Getting out of the corporate world and on to something more creative, Amanda opened an art studio for children called ARTrageous Adventures.  She rented the space next to Birchbark Books and developed a relationship with Louise Erdich’s bookstore staff.

Just a couple of years later, Michelle started a company called Blooming In Existence–guiding people to thrive as who they are and grow to be who they want.

Being that Amanda and Michelle have been such good friends, they both were eager to encourage each other in their creative pursuits.  It was during one of those evenings of encouragement when an idea came to Michelle and Amanda.  Why not combine their efforts?

beARTrageous was born!

birthday party

unique birthday parties at beARTrageous, image courtesy beARTrageous

These two creatively entrepreneurial women have designed a program that offers a huge variety of art-inspired activity.

  • Kids’ Parties
  • Adult Parties
  • Art(out)reaches
  • Kids’ Classes
  • Adult Classes
    • Teambuilding events
    • Canvas Collaborations
  • OUR FAVORITE–Family Events–check out their schedule through May
  • And so much more (Like a Family Zombie Event at Halloween–they guarantee that it is family friendly)

Make sure you learn about their Valentine’s Events for EVERYONE!


This Saturday join beARTrageous for a birthday party like no other. 

image courtesy beARTrageous

beARTrageous Studio
2121 W. 21st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405

3:00-5:00 p.m.
FREE, for ALL ages
Details: Join in the fun of a black and white Masquerade Ball. There will be cake (YUM), a Creation Station (beARTrageous’s own art lab), facepainting and a photo booth.


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