Arts & Culture

Visitors enjoyed a great weekend in September at Hudson’s Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival with fine art, artist demonstrations, live music performances, kids’ activities and plenty of fall flavors.

You’ve finally convinced everyone to take a family photo: your busy husband, camera-shy son, and can’t-sit-still-for-a-minute daughter.

Hudson’s Spirit of the St. Croix art festival is just a snapshot of the area’s illustrious art scene.

Stillwater artist Jane Dierberger is a force of nature. This quote by author Jerome K. Jerome parallels her role as an artist, she says: “There is no more thrilling sensation I know of than sailing.

Beginning with our August 2015 issue and continuing annually, St. Croix Valley Magazine will celebrate a select group of accomplished high school students who are entering their senior year.

It may seem simple—helping stack books at your child’s elementary school book fair, chaperoning a fourth-grade trip to the zoo or visiting your grandchild’s classroom to help sew pillows.

This Fall, the St. Croix Valley’s only faith-based Montessori preschool will mark a decade of helping kids value their individuality. Lead teacher Karen Anderson says the preschool “hopes to set a foundation for learning in every student.”

Jane Grant-Abban never dreamed she’d be an artist. Growing up in England before moving to Wales, she always showed a distinct interest in the arts, but her career took her elsewhere: After graduating with degrees in business and education, she became an elementary teacher.

We often hear of musicians being discovered overnight—that rapid rise to fame that is awe-inspiring and contagious for new music lovers.

Curtis Dale has been photographing the world around him for most of his life. “I became interested in photography when I was 8 or 9, when [my family created] a darkroom in my house.

If you find yourself in a local gallery or venue, admiring a bold watercolor of animals or flowers, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a distinctive painting by Stillwater artist Edie Abnet.

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