Arts & Culture

The Garden by the Woods' annual Fall Festival in October featured a petting zoo, games and plenty of fun in Chanhassen. All photos by Chris Mosel.

Distinctive histories, character and charm differentiate the neighboring communities of the southwest metro region. But one thing we all have in common is growth—this area has experienced remarkable expansion throughout the past several years, and the trend is expected to continue for decades.

Step inside the office of Marie Rizkalla, and you might wonder if you’re in a chemistry lab or an artist’s studio. Science gadgets can be found next to canvas paintings, while a stereomicroscope sits amid paintbrushes and a painter’s pallet.

There’s new music being made in Chanhassen, as the MacPhail Center for Music opens its fourth metro location this month.

Clutter stacks up over the winter, but Kristina Fortune Anderson from Vitality Organizing can help you stay organized and start the new year right.

At the International School of Minnesota, 30 to 40 percent of the high school is involved with its robotics team. “It’s really cool to put to use what we do in physics class,” senior Aparaajita Balaji says.

The guilt has been killing me. Here it's already mid-December (yikes!), and I haven't had a chance to tell you about a local Christmas album and concert that you won't want to miss out on.

Local artists opened their studios and demonstrated their work for the annual Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander in Carver County on September 28 and 29. All photos by Jacqueline Hagyard.

A love of nature sparks Victoria resident Deb Zeller’s creativity—and easy access to its full bounty is a bonus. The professional artist works in sculpture, oil painting, and glass fusion by trade, but counts photography as one of her many hobbies.

Head out to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this holiday season, and you just might spot a big guy with a red suit, white beard, and love of sugar cookies.