Arts

Whether it’s an old wagon wheel turned into a coffee table or a family heirloom in need of a revamp, artisan and White Bear Lake native Dave Nadeau creates wood furniture with an approach tailored to his clients’ needs through his company,

The Lakeshore Players Theatre has a new home, the Hanifl Performing Arts Center. Since its beginning in 1953, it has been based in two different churches. Now for the first time, the White Bear Lake-based theatre has a performance space to call its own.

The White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) showcases the community’s best art from all its members, including those still in high school.

For 15 years, dancers at Rince na Chroi have enthralled members across the Twin Cities with their passion for Irish dancing. The performance-based school, founded by Katie Stephens Spangler, focuses on spreading this appreciation through the community.

Over the years, the long, rich history of White Bear Lake has been told in books, articles and anecdotes passed on—with varying degrees of veracity and accuracy—from generation to generation.

Celtic whistle, acoustic guitar, percussion, violin, piano and bagpipes—the combination, plus three-part female vocals, creates the distinct music of SimpleGifts. Formed in late 2001, the group that takes an original approach to Christmas music has released six albums.

For Danielle Rode, owner of Upsy-Daisy in downtown White Bear Lake, the moniker of DIY Expert fits like the proverbial handcrafted glove. And, truth be told, that glove could also fit nicely on many of the handy and creative folks of her family tree.

Terry O’Loughlin, a passionate photographer for the last few decades, received second place in the Lens on the Lake contest for his photo illustrating water-ski course markers on a serene White Bear Lake. One day last summer, he awoke before 7 a.m. to capture the tranquility of the moment.

Erin White’s passion for art began when she was 15 years old. “I think that a lot of it was my teachers in junior high,” White says. “They thought that I was pretty good at it, so they were always teaching me techniques and using my work as an example, and that really inspired me.”

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