Friday, February 06, 2009
By Kate Leckie
For five years, Manda Gardner Mackintosh taught art to children in Frederick County elementary schools.
Now she's put her teaching experience to work helping students, including adults, get in touch with their creative sides.
As the new school year began -- along with her marriage to Drew -- Mackintosh, 28, moved her classroom to a new setting when she opened a business in the Villages of Urbana -- Urbana Art & Soul.
Located at 3516 Worthington Blvd., Suite 201, the space is actually home to two businesses.
Mackintosh runs Urbana Art & Soul, which offers art classes of all kinds.
Mackintosh and Erin Needelman are co-owners of Glamour Fitness, a separate business offering courses in yoga, pilates and dance-inspired aerobics.
The women work well together, having met in 1998 as cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins.
Putting both businesses under one roof works; both women work on the fitness side.
They've produced three workout DVDs together in which they appear. The DVDs offer instruction in yoga, pilates and cardio dance.
Mackintosh, a 1998 graduate of Linganore High School, jumped at the chance to combine her passion for art and yoga.
"I would have loved someplace like this when I was younger," she said.
On the art side of things, Mackintosh offers classes for the young and the young at heart. Classes are available to children 3 and older, and adults.
Mackintosh helps students plan private parties, for birthdays and other occasions. She offers weekend workshops and summer camps.
"When it's an event for a child, I enjoy working with the children directly to let them plan what they want," she said.
"It's fun to hear their decision-making."
Women have gathered for yoga parties, in which they also enjoy wine and appetizers.
"Working with no guidelines is the best," Mackintosh said. "I want things to be what they want."
Class attendance, whether art or fitness, is flexible.
"Pop in when you can," she said.
Manda at FedEx Field in 2004.