Arts

"terra cotta" vases made from baking powder and paint

We’re hanging out at home a lot more these days, so why not put that extra time to good use!

Art fair season has arrived, and the St. Croix Valley has no shortage of fantastic options to view, appreciate and purchase art. Between the St. Croix Art Fair and Afton Art in the Park, art-lovers are sure to feel inspired all month long.

During a trip to his childhood home in Stillwater, woodcarver Ron Nelson found a pin he had carved for his mom in the seventh grade. That was in 2001. Since then, Nelson has carved thousands of pieces for his community and family.

It’s become a part of Stillwater’s annual Fourth of July celebration. For a couple of hours before the fireworks, the 17 musicians (and a vocalist) of the St.

Terry Hildebrand’s interest in art began when he was in the army in his 20s, starting out with realistic pencil drawings.

Marjorie Wade has called the St. Croix Valley her home for 24 years, and it’s where she started Spiritworks Pottery in 1998, after a longtime interest in art and creative pursuits.

Set in fictitious Bunyan Bay, Minn., a town with rich Norwegian heritage, this wonderful new musical comedy at St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will entertain audiences of all ages throughout April.

The St. Croix Valley is brimming with artistic talent. From painters to sculptors to photographers, the many creatives who make this community home likewise help make it a vibrant place to live.

There is a venue in the small town of St. Croix Falls, Wis., celebrating its 28th season this year, where community members can gather for great performances in a charming local setting. “Festival Theatre is your local theater,” says Jason Richards of the St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre.

Where are you from, originally?

Reed Sigmund: Autumn is from St. Paul and I’m from Fargo, N.D. I came to the University of Minnesota as a child psych major.

How long have you been acting?

You might not think mechanical engineering and art go hand-in-hand, but local artist Pat Haug has a passion for both. She started out with a mechanical engineering degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison before taking a hiatus to homeschool her children.

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