Arts & Culture

Tom Hunter is a self-taught blues and jazz musician, who starts out his story with, “Well, I was born,” he says, laughing. After living in Minnesota for 20 years, as far as venues go, “I think I’ve played all of them,” Hunter says.

At its best, art has the power to engage the mind, provoke the senses and forge connections between communities and the people in them. Through an innovative new project, ArtReach St. Croix promises to do exactly that.

Coming in late summer, watch our magazine for a story on Dariush Moslemi, a longtime Stillwater resident (with his wife, Sarah, and five children between the ages of 4 and 15), as his ambitions to open a new restaurant space and more Studio One Yoga studios regionally becomes reality.

Art Along the Willow is an annual art fair sponsored by a local group aptly named Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic state parks. The event hosts up to 800 people.

“It takes a village” is a phrase that comes to mind with the efforts of many members of the community coming together to put on a great day for kids. The third annual A Summer Day will be happening July 22, an event put on by Friends of a Summer Day (FSD) in cooperation with Solid Ground.

The annual Park Art Fair in New Richmond, Wis., is celebrating its 50th anniversary, coinciding with the 10th birthday of the Blues and Brews Festival. “It’s about celebrating the unique beginning up in Star Prairie,” chamber director Rob Kreibich says.

Writer and Stillwater graduate Kerstin March considers the St. Croix Valley her hometown.

Adding to the vibrancy of the arts community in the St.

Making things grow is the easy part of being a farmer, says Eduardo Rivera, who grows organic fruits and vegetables on a 31/2 -acre farm in Grant Township, just west of Stillwater—but of course any farmer will tell you the word “easy” is said tongue in cheek.

Eduardo Rivera keeps close tabs on his top organic earners at Sin Fronteras farm in Grant, Minn.

1: Peppers

2: Roma tomatoes

3: Cherry tomatoes

4: Cilantro

5: Parsley

6: Tomatillos

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