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Artsy Smartsy, LLC

Tina Marie Ferguson, Owner

Mailing Address:

PO Box #120471

St. Paul, MN 55112

Phone: 651-334-3997

Artsy Smartsy Studio Address:

909 7th Avenue NW

New Brighton, MN 55112




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Summer 2014


Artsy Smartsy now serves NINE new senior communities in Phoenix, Arizona! We have space for TWO more!

Artsy Smartsy, LLC provides AFFORDABLE Communty Art Classes, Private Art Classes, Art Parties and Large Art Events in all mediums for students 5-105 years old!

1. We specialize in teaching Senior Art Classes in different art mediums every month.  Our community group classes or private "one-on-one" classes, in both AZ and MN, are focused on providing a healthy creative outlet which promotes self esteem, self confidence, creativity and relationship building in seniors of all ages and abilities.  This is a fun, relaxing event where everyone leaves with a masterpiece!

2.Wine Glass & Art Class Arizona Events.  Enjoy step by step painting at your home, office or community; we come to you!  These art events can be a BYOB event or we can have a wine tasting and work in collaboration with Kristen Raymond of "Wines for Humanity". This Non-Profit donates a portion of wine sales to "JUSTA", a local Arizona non-profit for seniors that helps hundreds of homeless seniors each month! McDowell Villiage of Scottsdale sponsored our first event in Spring of 2014, it was a huge success!!

3. An Arty Party is two hours of Arty fun for everyone! Great for Holidays, Birthdays, Bachlorettes, Girl Scout groups, Team Buildings, Community Events or any reason at all. We come to you in both AZ and MN!  This is similar to the large 2014 Macy's Flower show class, Roseville's weekly "Summer Art in the Park",  the dozens of Hennepin County Library classes, or the Sunrise Senior Home Grandparent's Day art events! Any age 5-105!

4. Artsy Smartsy Studio Classes! These special events are monthly, and just like any art school, we pick the lesson, provide venue & materials and you just show up with your drink of choice, snacks, friends and a lot of creativity! It's a 2 hour event filled with art, laughs, music and so much fun! This will be coming soon to a Arizona loction near you!  You have to email us to be on the mailing list for classes! Coming soon: Kids day camps & release day events-email us for more info!

5. Corporate ART Trainings for CEU's!

Tina has had almost five years of experience specifically educating seniors in fine Art history and mediums. She also has spent many hours researching Dr. Gene Kohen, who's studies have proven that art has a positive impact on the brains of Seniors!  She now speaks to groups of activity directors, marketing directors, in home care providers, and senior communities staff to bring her creative knowledge to your employees. With the information she provides, your staff, your coworkers and yourSELF can bring these very easy simple sevel steps of creativity and art making to ANY senior of ANY ability! There is a secret, she will show you what that secret is! There is also a book in the making on this subject...stay tuned!



See our 2009 Interview, we have come such a long way!

Artsy Smartsy began in 2009 in the basement activities room of Chandler Place Assisted Living, in St. Anthony Villiage, MN for Dolly Ferguson,( Tina, our owner's, late grandmother)and her senior home neighbors. It was a way to encourage her to meet new friends and also to help Dolly continue her joyful life and inspire her creativity after her husband Huberts' sudden and unexpected passing.

Today, Artsy Smartsy, LLC provides high quality and fantastically fun art classes to over 400 seniors EACH MONTH in both Arizona and Minnesota!  The program, which is the first and only one of its kind in these areas, travels as an outreach program to Senior Co-op's, Independent or Assisted Living, Memory Care Residences, Park Nicollet Strother's Parkinsons Hospital, Adult Day services, Community Education, Wilder Foundation, and the Hennepin County Library system and has also been involved in the MN Uptown Art Fair and the Minnesota Monarch Festival .

As of January 2013, Artsy Smartsy began offering NEW "Artsy Smartsy Studio" classes, where monthly classes are available in an open studio to the community. There will be adult, "Mom or Grandma/Pa and ME", Girl/Boy scout events, Mom's clubs, Bachelorette, Showers, Adult AND Children's B-day parties, as well as Team Building events.  The classes are held at 909 7th Avenue NW, New Brighton, MN 55112 at our new STUDIO!.

No matter what program you choose, the art mediums taught each month vary wildly to attract people of ALL interests.  Some mediums include; watercolors, acrylics, oil pastel resist paintings, mosaic mirrors & bottles & stepping stones, jewlery making, paper making and multi-media collage to fine fabric projects such as weaving and wreaths making. Artsy Smartsy, LLC aims to provide inexpensive FINE art classes to any and every one, even those underserved adults who have very limited incomes. We bring in QUALITY art projects which the students can be PROUD to call their own! They will want to display their works and give them as gifts. This goal requires the use of HIGH quality materials at each and every class!