Jim Douglas is a storyteller—through his career as an award-winning photojournalist, writer and photographer, and in memories he shares with passionate narratives. To be with Douglas requires one to pause and employ as many senses as required to travel alongside him during his stories.

What’s unique about artists is that each one is intriguingly different from the next. Whether it be the medium, the style or the inspiration behind the masterpiece, each artist creates work that is exclusively and authentically his or her own.

Imagine being a German immigrant in the 1920s coming to America to marry a man you’ve never met. When you finally get there, you are shunned by the locals and unable to marry the man you’ve come to see.

Craig Eiler, a retired technical writer, has a longtime interest in photography, which has won him several awards throughout Minnesota.

Meet two Lake Minnetonka-area residents, both University of Minnesota alums, who after long, successful careers, have turned their attention to creating wearable textile art sold coast to coast. Their imaginative techniques make each piece utterly unique.

Gayle Hallin

There’s a misnomer, Saint Paul artist Josephine Geiger says, as it relates to crafts—the likes of which some believe should be relegated to church bazaars.

In January, Lou Bellamy, the founder and artistic director of Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul, assumed a new title: founder and artistic director emeriti.

Claude Riedel believes that his career as a psychologist doesn’t run counter to his artistic expressions. The disciplines coexist perfectly, he says.

Shorewood’s Kay McCarthy took a rather roundabout path to finding her passion. Sewing became part of her life early on; she learned to sew as a child and made her own clothes from a young age.

Pat Budish, youth services associate librarian at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior offers three seasonal picture books for young readers. These books and others are available at Hennepin County Library-Excelsior, 337 Water St., Excelsior; 612.543.6350;