Arts & Culture

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

Fans of stories that have a “behind the scenes” of Hollywood feel, especially fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid novels (Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Malibu Rising) will find it hard to put down The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clemen

Day Dream III

“[The artist’s] original work captures a calm vibe as the subject seems to be in a blissful state surrounded by the healthy cherubs protecting her as she goes deep in her thoughts,” says Hollie Blanchard of the Art Girls.

Black Dog Homes

Whether it’s working from a blank canvas or an existing structure, Black Dog Homes helps clients create the home of their dreams by capturing their vision, inspiring creativity and delivering the highest quality craftsmanship.

Winter Picnic

“I was driving past the beach in early winter and stopped to take a photograph of the watercolor sky. Then I noticed the picnic table.

Halloween festivities were in full-costumed force in downtown Excelsior as more than 700 school children participated in a parade walk down the center of town. Merchants along Water Street greeted participants with sweet treats to mark the day.

Samantha Specks

Samantha Specks brings Minnesota history to life through her first novel, Dovetails in Tall Grass. Published in August 2021, the historical fiction book is a tale of two women, one Dakota Sioux and one settler, during the U.S. Dakota War.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

After spending the holidays eating delicious food and, possibly, considering a fresh start in the new year, Lucy Knisley’s graphic food memoir is the perfect book to kick off 2022.

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Many people launch into the new year awash in hopes of change—a new exercise regimen, improved sleep routines or a break from social media—only to return to their old habits months later.

 Judy Voigt Englund, Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning, which placed third in the Wildlife and Nature category of our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest, was taken along Birch Bluff Road (Tonka Bay) by Judy Voigt Englund of Excelsior.