Letter from the Editors

Kate Nelson: Adventure can take on many forms. It can be as simple as stepping outside your comfort zone in your everyday life or as radical as ascending a summit without the assistance of ropes, harnesses and the like. That’s what climber Alex Honnold did, as captured by Oscar-winning adventure photographer (and Minnesota native) Jimmy Chin, who shared with us some of his favorite shots from his wild ride of a career (page 209). Our feature takes that one step further, offering up six over-the-top experiences that’ll send either your adrenaline or your anxiety skyrocketing (page 118). It’s worthy of a read, even if only to get your heart racing.

Hayley Saunders: But adventure doesn’t have to involve great acts of daredevilry. It takes on new meaning when applied to beauty (page 58), style (page 67), or even food (page 202). You can awaken your inner explorer by trying something new, like taking an outmoded mode of transportation — say a train — across the United States (page 228) or submerging yourself in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (page 62).

KN: One of my favorite summertime activities is horseback riding. Through a very fortunate series of events, I found myself commissioning accomplished equestrian artist Julie Ferris to paint a portrait of my beloved horse, Whim (page 46). It was an incredible experience, from serendipitously stumbling upon her artwork in a gallery to hosting her here in Minneapolis so she could photograph Whim to seeing his likeness come to life upon her canvas.

HS: Another stunning work of art in this issue is the fashion photography series by Sebastian Mader that exudes the ease and indulgence of summer (page 74). If you find yourself itching to host a garden party of your own, we’ve got you covered with the chicest outdoor games to hit the backyard (page 43). Time to get your bocce ball on.

KN: Putting together this magazine has been an adventure in itself, not without its fair share of blood, sweat and tears. Which is why it’s so rewarding that one of our 2018 features, “What is Northern Food?” by Steve Hoffman, has been recognized for its excellence with the James Beard M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. You can re-read the acclaimed article at artfulliving.com/northern-food.

HS: Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get outside your comfort zone. We hope this curated collection of content inspires you to take a walk on the wild side — whatever that might mean to you.

Happy reading,



Kate Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Hayley Saunders, Managing Editor + Associate Publisher





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