Arts & Culture

Decades ago, the Ladies of the Lake organization was formed by lake-area women interested in art and art education. The women held classes in their basements on a rotating basis but eventually needed a bigger home as the organization grew.


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.


In seventh grade, Mike Bialick did something that arguably changed his life: He joined the cross-country running team.

Owning a mortgage company as the economy tanked may not look like the beginning of success and opportunity, but it was for Ross Sveback. To occupy his time while unemployed, the St. Louis Park resident began blogging about things he enjoyed.

Woody, a sweet 1-year-old French Bulldog, is all ears as he waits for a ride on the lake. Owner, Mary Kay Mohs is unabashed in telling anyone Woody is "pretty cute."

An unexpected guest showed up at Dan Jensen’s house last May, and by the time she finally left a little over a month later, she had given Jensen and his wife, Julianne Amendola, a baker’s dozen of surprises: twelve little ducklings and one award-winning picture.

In a dark, cozy room tucked away from the bustling lunchtime traffic near Ridgedale Center, Susan Slack says she will focus on giving me more self-confidence.

But she isn't going to give me a pep talk. She is going to hypnotize me.

Patty Carmody Smith is the local mixed-media artist behind the colorful creations of Carmody Art. From meaningful mosaics to sculptures with a story, Carmody Smith’s work is full of thought-provoking flavor.