Jeff Troldahl is a man of many talents. An illustrator, painter, graphic designer and builder, he spends the better part of his waking hours on a variety of artistic projects. No two of Troldahl’s work days look the same. Perhaps the title “artist” best encompasses his wide-ranging skillset. Though it’s not necessarily easy, Troldahl says the life of a professional artist suits him well, and he has a hard time imagining a more fulfilling career.
David Kasyanyuk will tell you he stumbled on photography by accident. But after briefly scanning hisportfolio, one would be hard-pressed to chalk up all this talent to a fluke. This humble photographer—no, artist—has been dabbling in photojournalism for only three years and yet he has already built a name for himself.
Most of us have known someone who has dealt with mental illness at some point; we might even be one of those people. One Edina woman who found herself in this space has taken her experience and created inspiring art. Polly Norman’s book Dances Through Glass is filled with photos that show her ability to see beauty in the world around her.
Grace Kapsner, a fifth-grade student this year at Countryside Elementary School, is all smiles when it comes to art.
“Grace is always fun to have in class,” says George Lundgren, the school’s art teacher. “She’s always smiling and concerned about doing things the correct way.”
Her attention to detail paid off. Last spring, the 10-year-old’s drawing of a Victorian house won first place in the fourth- through sixth-grade level on the international online art website Artsonia.