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

The cast and crew at Minnetonka Theatre (a youth theater company in the Minnetonka School District) close their season with their annual spring musical.

Born in North Carolina in 1933, Nina Simone would go on to find success in several roles: singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist. Thirteen years after her death, Simone’s legacy and message remain timeless.

When social worker Winna Bernard was touring art programs for a client about five years ago, she grew frustrated with what she saw.

At 17 years old, David Grams is in a class all his own. Quite literally, in one sense of the word: He was homeschooled, graduated when he was 16, and now spends his time pursuing his own personal studies. Chief among them: the art of classical and flamenco guitar.

For Mary Olson, art doesn’t end when the painting is done.

Jodie Ahern has been an artist “since I could hold a crayon,” she says. Today her tool of choice is a paintbrush, and she’s using it to create art in the comfort of her new home studio.

The Rose Ensemble, which marries virtuoso vocals with scholarly research, unwraps long-forgotten lyrical traditions for audiences when it debuts Christmas in Baroque Malta, a musical and historical tribute to the Mediterranean country’s 17th century.

Pottery, glassware, jewelry, paintings, and more by local artists are available for purchase at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts’ holiday show.

Matt Chapman, who captured this image of the aptly named “Christmas Barn,” says, “One of the things I love about my house is that I’m walking distance from downtown Excelsior, yet I have this country, rural feel looking out across my backyard.

There was never a dull day on the farm where Eddie Ulrich grew up in southern Minnesota. “I had ample opportunities to exercise my imagination,” says Ulrich.