Linda Ross moved to Minnesota 40 years ago when she and her husband decided they needed something new—and Stamford, Connecticut, wasn’t quite cutting it. “It was completely different,” she says. “It was an adjustment for me, but I’m glad we picked the Deephaven area.

After returning to Minnesota from traveling abroad in 1997, Ann Pifer’s experiences of the importance of artistic works in cultures around the world, including Scandinavia and West Africa, inspired her.

Beauty is in bloom year-round at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and this spring is no exception. Tucked away in Chanhassen, the arboretum is a hidden world of woodlands, wetlands and prairie spanning more than 1,100 acres.

There’s a conversation happening at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. “Art is a way of communicating,” artist Ruth Mason says. “It’s this wonderful language, and people can connect and reach other people.”  

Each spring, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts draws thousands of children from the metro area to the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, a weeklong event with several outdoor and indoor performances to highlight global music and more.

Looking for an under-the-radar sign of spring? The annual Lake Minnetonka Studio Art Tour may just be the perfect event. Every spring, more than 25 artists get together to showcase not only their work, but also their workspaces around the lake area.

In the middle of a muddy spring fog, gigantic flowers sprout from a Minnetonka yard. Though no other houses have blooms, glass poppies rise, dreamlike, from the front lawn of artist Trish Gardiner.

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Students in Karen Olaussen’s art class don’t just learn techniques with paints and a brush.

As Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”