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Aaron Moen has been doing art since he was a child growing up in Hastings, watching his father paint impressionistic landscapes. At 21, Moen created a business that paints building exteriors. In the cold months when no one wants to be outside, Moen works on his own paintings of animals and landscapes. Now, Moen's winter hobby is on display at the Hastings Art Center. The majority of the subjects in Moen's paintings focus on Minnesota scenes and animals: a squirrel, Split Rock Lighthouse and water rushing over rocks at Jay Cooke State Park.
Whether you want to stay close to home or go on a mini adventure with the family, here are 10 things that you can do to get in the holiday spirit this December. Events vary from snacks with Santa to Victorian teas so everyone can find something that they enjoy.
Cars zig-zagged through Farmington, Northfield and Faribault on Oct. 13 and 14 for the 2018 Studio ARTour. Thirty-eight artists participated in the event and displayed ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal work, paintings and more.
Amy Pendino teaches seventh-grade English at Rosemount Middle School and works as a horse midwife at night and on the weekends. In her moments of spare time, she likes to write. Pendino has poems published in "Scrivener's Rampant," "Poetic License" and "Sisters: An Anthology of Women's Literature." Now, Pendino has published her first novel: "The Witness Tree." She sat down to talk about the novel and her writing process. Q: Why do you write? What makes you interested in it?