Arts & Culture

The Boxer by artist Richard Merchán

“The Boxer by artist Richard Merchán is a beautiful representation of his loose impressionistic approach fueled by strategic hints of color perfectly placed throughout the composition,” says Hollie Blanchard, co-founder of The Art Girls Minneapolis

Struggling to find the perfect gift? Looking to add some style to your gathering? Take a swing through Gracious Home in Wayzata, the area’s newest home décor store with a flair for the unique. We asked owner Kristi Patterson shares her top five picks for the holidays:

 

After several years of living abroad in Switzerland, Chris and Diahann Potter began plans to move back to the Twin Cities. Having lived around Lake Minnetonka before, the couple knew they would like to have a place to stay during their extended summer holidays in Minnesota.

“The Minnesota Horticulture Research Center typically grows some very interesting plants in addition to the research grapes and apples that most people are familiar with. I'm good friends with the specialist there and visit frequently with my camera in the fall when everything is in full color.

Kathleen Krishnan is a people person. Not in the cliché job interview answer sense. The social aspect of such a title is more of something Krishnan observes and portrays through her art.

It’s the ultimate in reduce, reuse and recycle: This month, Otten Bros—in collaboration with JUNKMARKET Style and the Freshwater Society—will be holding its second Flea Market Under Glass.

Lace up your running shoes; the second Tonka Trot hits the pavement October 15. Last year, more than 300 runners raised close to $3,500 for Minnetonka’s Groveland Elementary School in a non-traditional school fundraiser.

Looking to give back while benefitting our local arts scene? Stages Theatre Company is in need of volunteers for its annual open house September 25.

Every year, 2 million students in 48 states participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Minnesota has become the second-highest participating state with more than 128,000 members, second only to Kentucky, the state to launch the program 10 years ago.

Marnie B. Karger is the Shorewood-based artisan behind Crafterall, an Etsy shop featuring carefully crafted paper art. Karger specializes in topographic and bathymetric map recreation, which depicts depth and detail through the use of multiple dimensions.

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