outdoor miniature train display

Michael Gilbertson’s All Aboard placed second in the City Landmarks category of our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

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;

The American Craft Show, produced by the American Craft Council, returns to the other side of the river this month; it’s hosted every spring at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

To say that life has been a whirlwind for bestselling author Nathan Hill, an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas, would be an understatement. Last summer, his first novel, The Nix, was published to critical acclaim.

Groveland Elementary School in Minnetonka had a courtyard that no one was using. The principal and the PTO wanted to do something to make the space both useful and attractive. So they built a small stage and planned some landscaping.

The Princess and the Pea is a beloved fairy tale. Once Upon a Mattress, a decidedly modern take on the timeless story, will make theatergoers young and old fall in love all over again—partly because of the pint-sized cast.