Arts

Pete Sandker's Half Healed, the featured watercolor painting at this year's Edina Art Fair, depicts a fox made of flowers.

In June, the Edina Art Fair will once again commence along the streets of 50th and France, showcasing the work of 280 local artists complete with gourmet food, craft beer gardens and more.

Olivia Chen started drawing when she was only 8 years old. Initially, Chen started sketching because of her sister, saying, “My mom signed me up for classes because my sister wanted to take them.” But Chen soon found that she liked drawing classes more than she expected.

Matty Harris is a 30-year-old Edina native who came up through the ranks of the Edina band program, starting on clarinet in fifth grade and switching to the saxophone in seventh grade.

Nature can be like an outdoor canvas—ephemeral scenes of seasonal splendor. Some views develop organically, created by wind, rain and sun. Gardeners and landscape designers create other scenes, like artists who shape sculptures from soil, shrubs, and seeds.

The vibrancy of any community relies on a host of factors, and several local women are doing their parts to infuse Edina with artistry, ingenuity and some downright delightful homegrown businesses.

This past October, Edina welcomed a new art gallery to the city with the opening of the upscale apartment complex known as 71 France. Set in the heart of Edina, the 71 France development consists of three buildings with 241 apartments and ground-floor retail space in two of the buildings.

Edina High School senior Greta Hatzung is an avid photographer. She started taking pictures in middle school, and her passion has blossomed. “I had a small point-and-shoot [camera] and would take pictures of anything that I saw, mainly my family.

While it looks like they live in an ordinary house on an ordinary Edina street, don’t be fooled by Dawn and Jonathan Rundman. They breathe the rarefied air of a compatibly married couple sharing creativity, curiosity and extraordinary artist-community citizenship.

In January, former advertising copywriter Megan Maynor published her first children’s book, Ella and Penguin Stick Together. Part of the inspiration for the book came from some of the fun dialogue Maynor had with her own children when they were young.

Edina High School (EHS) has a leg up on the University of Minnesota—spats and all. Both schools trumpet marching bands, but guess who has more members? Ski-U-Mah Edina! EHS features nearly 350 marchers, compared with the U of M’s 300.

Stella Sick wanted her boys to learn to dance. She believed it could not only teach her sons athleticism and grace, but how to work with a partner and talk to members of the opposite sex. “I think dance is a necessary social grace,” says Sick.

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