Arts & Culture

This year’s “Raise the Curtain” gala held on May 23 exceeded its goal by raising $65,000. Entertainment included Don Eidel on guitar and singers Quinn Shadko and Austin Lewis with Blake Brauer on piano.

Carol Huso’s Mahtomedi home, built in 1995, has been through a lot. Huso, an interior designer, and her husband raised three sons, now 27, 24 and 21, in the home and didn’t have much time, or the money, to make updates.

White Bear Lake resident Sara Carlson of Sara Haley Photography was shooting a June wedding for couple Nikki and Josh Trulen. After the newlyweds finished their vows, they proposed a special stop before their reception.

Jessica Bernier is beautiful and introverted. She’s intelligent, understated and works as a model when time permits. Calm and competent, she runs an office of 60 realtors for the company she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

Many artists have a muse; that sublime source of inspiration, in the flesh or otherwise, that helps them create. For Emily Gray Koehler, printmaker and artist, the muse shows up in a wholly different form.

Each year, White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) highlights and provides the opportunity for artists to participate in the Northern Lights juried art show, and, once again, the community can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

When White Bear Lake’s water level started falling, the White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi and Birchwood communities decided something needed to be done. They came up with the Race 2 Reduce initiative, which educates citizens on their water consumption and how to reduce it.

On a sunny spring day, Linda Christensen decided to step outside her Mahtomedi home and snap a picture of her beloved cockapoos, or “cockadoodles,” as she calls them. Taking out her Nikon digital camera, she told her pooches to sit and stay. However, 12-year-old Buster had a different idea.

There’s a distinct current running through our Minnesota culture; it’s one that is revered and best paired with a sunset: the “lake life.” We spend our days in and around its wake, reveling in the little time we have to wade in the water before winter appears.

“She’s the only dog we’ve ever had that I can say has a good sense of humor,” Maureen McCall says of Rosie, the 5-year-old golden retriever she and her husband Randy adopted from a rescue center in Des Moines, Iowa.

For years, Sandy Law walked her dog along a block of historic homes lined by 100-year-old oak trees just steps from the picturesque lakeside. Her favorite house? The one on the corner with a white picket fence.