Plymouth Couple Take Ownership of Abrakadoodle Location in Minneapolis

Gertrud Luer and Andres Ableidinger from Plymouth will manage popular children’s art program in Minneapolis.

Gertrud Luer and Andres Ableidinger of Plymouth are the new faces of Abrakadoodle's Minneapolis location. The entrepreneurial pair have been transitioning as new owners and will continue providing and expanding upon a wide assortment of art programs.

“I am incredibly happy,” Gertrud Luer said. “I love kids; I love art, and Abrakadoodle was just the opportunity I was looking for to fulfill my dream career.”

The art programs Gertrud and Andres will coordinate at Abrakadoodle include visual arts classes, camps, workshops, as well as in-school field trips, special events and arty parties in schools and community centers that serve children in the Western Minneapolis suburbs of Edina, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Minnetonka, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.

“We are delighted to welcome Gertrud and Andres to our award-winning Abrakadoodle franchise system,” said Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE, president and co-founder of Abrakadoodle, Inc. “With Gertrud’s passion for art as a graphic designer, artist and with a degree in childhood education, in addition to Andres’ MBA and management expertise, I am confident they will be warmly received in Minneapolis, a community that understands the benefits of art education that cultivates creativity.”

Born and raised in Mexico, Ms. Luer explains that her mother is an artist and her father owned a printing business, where she expanded her knowledge and practical skills in graphic design and business. Gertrud and Andres have three children: Phillip, 11; Daniel, 7 and Patrick, 3. The couple lived in Austin, Texas, where Andres received his MBA from the University of Texas, and then they moved to Minnesota for eight years followed by a year back in Austin before settling back in Minneapolis.

“We were thrilled when we learned about the opportunity to take the reigns of the Minneapolis location, returning to an area we love,” Gertrud said.

To learn more about art programs or to bring Abrakadoodle classes or activities to your location, please go to http://www.abrakadoodle.com/mn01/ or contact Gertrud Luer atgluer@abrakadoodle.com or 612-605-8379

Abrakadoodle was the first American franchise company to bring a comprehensive, standards-based art education program to children in the U.S. More than just a drawing program, Abrakadoodle embraces art in its broadest scope—from public art to all types of painting, sculpture, animation, paper and fabric art, digital photography and more. Abrakadoodle students develop a fine arts vocabulary as they learn about the styles and techniques of such artists as Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso, Ansel Adams, as well as contemporary artists through its Artist of Distinction program.

Abrakadoodle students use an abundance of creative materials (bamboo brushes, sculpting materials, fabric, watercolor, acrylics, and more) to explore the visual arts. Students often take home framed, labeled original creations that extend the learning at home, as well as boost self-confidence. Abrakadoodle classes employ a “process art” methodology. 

These classes not only inspire a child’s imagination, but they also build motor, language and cognitive skills. Abrakadoodle students develop an appreciation for art and a sense of craftsmanship. Research suggests that getting an early start in the arts can make a real difference in the lives of children, not only in terms of increased academic achievement but also greater problem solving, leadership capabilities, and confidence.

About Abrakadoodle 

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 PlaceAwards from Nickelodeon’s Parent Picks Awards for “Best Art Program to inspire your child’s inner Picasso.”  Recently Abrakadoodle also received seven additional nominations for “Best Kids Party Entertainer” and “Best Kids Party Place.” Abrakadoodle publishes an informative blog, “Art for Creative Kids,” which is dedicated to children’s creativity.  Find us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter


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