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.

Alex Kuno is a realist with a visionary’s imagination.

The Lowertown neighborhood in Saint Paul has seen quite a bit of change in the past year. With CHS Field up and running, and the business that flows in with the Saints, people are spending more time in the neighborhood, and are realizing that Lowertown is more than baseball.