Sterling, VA, June 25, 2013 - Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education is expanding its reach as it welcomes two new franchise units that will operate in Georgia and North Carolina. With programs set to get underway in mid-July, children and families will soon benefit from access to creative art programs at Abrakadoodle's newest location that will provide art classes, camps, parties and events at schools and community sites in North Carolina's Triangle area. Abrakadoodle-Triangle, NC is led by franchise owners Patricia Alemparte Glass of Wake Forest, along with her husband/business partner Sly Glass. Abrakadoodle is also pleased to announce a new Atlanta Metro location set to open in Georgia this September, led by franchise owners Kim Easton Nubel and Ryan Nubel of Smyrna, Georgia.
"We are delighted to welcome Patricia, Sly, Kim and Ryan to our award-winning Abrakadoodle franchise system," said Rosemarie Hartnett CFE, President and Co-Founder of Abrakadoodle, Inc. "These two couples bring a winning combination of business and visual arts experience, which I am confident will help ensure success in their respective southern communities that embrace the benefits of art education and cultural enrichment with an emphasis on developing creative thinkers."
Patricia Alemparte Glass worked for over 20 years in commercial real estate law as a paralegal. A recent lay off from corporate life caused her to re-think her priorities. Ms. Glass commented, "I realized that I could be happy in my work life and benefit others in my community, as well. I have a six-year old daughter, Alexandra who loves art, and Abrakadoodle is the kind of program that I want for her." Patricia was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up from the age of two in New York City, as well as moves across Europe and various parts of the U.S. Patricia comes to her Abrakadoodle business with a strong world view that is complemented by a family history in art that goes back to her great-great grandmother. In fact, Patricia credits her upbringing and love of art with a process art philosophy as contributing to her success. "I recognized that Abrakadoodle shares a belief in process art that sets this company apart from others," she remarked.
"We've been looking a long time for something we could do on our own out of the corporate environment," said Kim Easton Nubel, a Georgia native. "Abrakadoodle is our answer and something we believe in." With a background in the arts, including fine arts education at the University of Denver, as well as the College of the Atlantic in Maine, Kim brings tremendous knowledge regarding the visual arts. Her focus has been on community art. In fact, Ms. Nubel took part in creating a giant mural for the 1996 Centennial Olympics held in Atlanta. Ms. Nubel presently works for Turner Broadcasting and has extensive experience in video production, as well as meetings and events. Further, Kim has owned a faux finishing business. She met her husband and business partner Ryan Nubel while producing a ghost program in which Ryan was a camera man. The creative pair has two children: Hayley, two and Will, four. Ryan was born in Norfolk, Virginia but grew up in Marietta. He first attended UGA and then the Art Institute of Atlanta. He has worked with Arthur Anderson in graphic and web design, as well as animation. Following his work at Arthur Anderson, Ryan spent a year traveling abroad in Europe before moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he took up video production. Next, Ryan was off to Vancouver, where he studied 3D Animation before moving to San Francisco for three years. In San Francisco, Ryan learned teleprompting and currently owns a teleprompting business. "I am excited to apply my business and art skills to building a strong Abrakadoodle art program that will make a difference for children in Atlanta," Ryan commented.
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Abrakadoodle was co-founded in 2002 by award-winning educator/franchise developer Mary Rogers, CFE, MA.Ed, and children's services franchising expert Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE. Abrakadoodle is the most comprehensive creativity and art education company of its kind, offering extensive visual arts classes, camps and parties for children ages 20 months to 12 years old. Abrakadoodle has received seven First Place Awards from Nickelodeon's Parent Picks Awards for "Best Art Program to inspire your child's inner Picasso." Abrakadoodle has also received seven additional nominations for "Best Kids Party Entertainer" and "Best Kids Party Place." Abrakadoodle publishes an informative blog, Art for Creative Kids.