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

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.

Deb Zeller of Victoria won first place in the Pets category for 2014’s Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest. Her photo, “Water Dog,” features her nephew, John Kenison, and his dog, Buddy. Zeller says she captured the moment spontaneously at her birthday celebration.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, Mary Jo Schmith fell in love with pottery. Now, more than 20 years later, she is the award-winning owner of Front Avenue Tile and Pottery near Como Park.

On a rainy April morning, Mari Jane Engebrit and I stand next to the mural on the side of the Artworks building in Excelsior. Engebrit, now in her 70s, helped coordinate the painting, and she loves to tell stories.

The composition is beautiful, the light is warm and serene, and the effect is calming—who would have guessed that Salman Ikramuddin, with no background in photography, snapped this photo on his phone?

Saint Paul artist Kristi Abbott has traveled far from her childhood roots in Sydney, Australia. Abbott’s father is a Saint Paul native, and she has spent a great portion of her life migrating between the two hemispheres in both her early career and now as a Lowertown artist.

Mining the richness of individual memory is the goal of the Writing from Memory workshop, sponsored by the History Theatre. Since 2012, educator and award winning author Erin Hart has been leading writers of all experience levels on an exploration to become stronger writers through free writing.

Not many photographers can say that they started photographing, almost by accident, on a super-high-quality DSLR camera. But that’s exactly what happened for Jon Sadeh, Excelsior resident and bartender at Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka.

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. No, this isn’t a list of Oscar invitees, but it is a few of Robert Evans’ past clients.