Arts

Held on the shores of the St. Croix River, the Rivertown Fall Art Festival displays work from over 100 artists who specialize in art forms such as painting, pottery and jewelry.

St. Croix Festival Theatre has been providing professional live theater for residents of the St. Croix Valley for more than 25 years, thanks to a bit of serendipity and a lot of passion from a handful of key individuals.

To say that Debra Chial is a fan of the St. Croix Valley is a dramatic understatement. That Valley childhood made a deep impression on her. “As a child, I grew up on a houseboat on the St. Croix River,” Chial says. “That’s where I really started being in on the elements of the Valley.

As a kid, Mary Jo Van Dell enjoyed drawing. The Stillwater resident had dreams of becoming a Hollywood makeup artist. “But always in the back of my mind, I wanted to paint,” she says.

Each spring the St. Croix Valley Studio Tour connects artists with their admirers, and as in years past, the 2016 artOPENer doesn’t disappoint, showcasing local art with an eclectic behind-the-scenes tour that opens studio doors to the public.

Bob White used to page through outdoor magazines, looking at the illustrations. “While the stories were compelling, the artwork reached out and grabbed me,” White says.

When speaking with Taia Morley about her career as an illustrator and designer, it is clear that she has succeeded in blurring the lines between work and play.

On a good day, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) news host Kerri Miller can make the trip from her home in Hudson to MPR headquarters in downtown St. Paul in approximately 20 minutes.

Tom Maakestad seemed destined to become an artist. He grew up on a farm in Northfield as the son of Barbara and the late John Maakestad, who had been an art professor at St. Olaf College. Tom had always noticed the scenery around him, even during bus rides to and from school.

During his sophomore year of high school, David Parker decided to take a photography class. “I’ve been [taking photographs] ever since,” says the St. Paul native and 14-year Stillwater resident.

Have you ever reached the point in the flurry of holiday gift shopping where you start to feel overwhelmed, wishing you could stay in the comfort of your home and make those last few gifts? Or do you ever have difficulty finding a gift that has a personal touch? If so, shops in the St.

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