Vahid Samie was a young boy living in Iran when he saw his first camera. It was, as they say, love at first sight.

Chaska Music Studios instructor Susan Jones teaches Alex Koch to play the saxophone.

From cello to ukulele or classical to rock, there are music lessons for almost any interest in the southwest metro. We polled a variety of local music schools to help you find the school that fits your needs.

Four local artists have joined forces to create a new art center in downtown Waconia.

Not often do we get the joy of hearing an orchestra play pop hits like “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen or “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic.

With exposed Chaska brick, a long, rambling layout of rooms and a wooden bar,
the third floor of The Mill in downtown Chaska seemed to have potential, says
Krista Flemming, who bought the building with her husband and parents in May

From camera phones to digital cameras, photography is the most easily accessible art form today. It allows photographer hopefuls, such as myself, to take a stab at the craft. Today, any and call can take a photo, edit it and share with friends.

“I try to surprise people from time to time. Maybe look at something from a different angle or perspective than what they normally would see.” – Mark Weber, Arboretum Photographers Society member

There is a lot more to being an artist than the ability to draw a straight line. In fact, when you speak to fine artist Richard Kochenash, you learn creating art has little to do with straight lines. According to Kochenash, art is about making connections.

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
recommended by Beth Goodrich
A combination of fantasy, romance and steampunk, this book tells the story of Celia and Marco, two circus magicians who unexpectedly fall in love.