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

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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.”

The famed Troubadour club in London has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Adele and Amy Winehouse. Yet in March 2013, there stood Wayzata resident Courtney Yasmineh, on stage, ready to close the show.

From left, Lauren Strauss, Claire DesLauriers and Kalli Anderson share the multi-faceted lead role in MHS's production of Evita.

The award-winning show Evita is typically thought of as a musical with a single female lead, but not in director Trent Boyum’s mind.

Circus models designed by Damon Swanson and constructed from 3D printers allow intricate details to shine.

Damon Swanson is a grandfatherly figure. He stands among his circus sculptures like a larger-than-life ringmaster. He once hand-crafted his circus-themed models and figurines, but now uses 3D printing technology to create his works of art.

Erin Kate Duininck of eKate Designs and The Orchard Art House in Excelsior hosted a reception for her December-through-February pop-up shop. Featuring many local artists, the evening focused on Minneapolis-baed collage artist and designer Ashley Barlow.

Step into David R. Smith’s home studio in Excelsior and a framed painting featuring a cluster of pumpkins arrests your gaze. The pumpkins are so vibrant and realistic, you wonder aloud if it isn’t a photograph.

From her childhood spent in rural southwestern Minnesota to her current lakeside residence in Mound, Connie Claire Szarke has always been inspired by the outdoors. “The natural world means a great deal to me,” says Szarke.

Alice McDermott’s new novel, Someone, has just over two hundred pages, which means we can linger over its beautifully crafted words.  In them, this National Book Award winner packs the truth of life.  Marie, a child in pre-Depression Brooklyn, guides us through the treacheries of growing

The Wisconsin-based film production company My Town Pictures is taking the Midwest by storm, one small town at a time. The latest hotspot to move into the spotlight is right in our backyard: the quaint town of Excelsior.