Cafe Gallery
FREE with Arboretum Admission

Now Open

June 2-July 30, 2017

"Breathing Classical Life Into Today's Art: Works from the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis"

Peaches by Laura TundelFounded by Richard Lack, the Minneapolis Atelier develops artists in the realistic painting tradition. Combining formal academic training with French Impressionist influence, these works communicate a love for the visible world. Lose yourself in the luscious colors and sculpted forms of Atelier Co-directors Dale Redpath and Cyd Wicker, teachers Christine Mitzuk and Laura Tundel along with student Brenda Ward. The beauty and harmony of these paintings will leave you feeling like you've taken a journey through Western art history integrating the values and teachings of previous centuries into these contemporary works. At left: "Peaches" by Laura Tundel.

Coming Soon:

Aug. 4-Oct. 1, 2017

"Dancing Among the Wildflowers" with featured artist James D. Fletcher

The colors, textures, rhythms and movements of Jim Fletcher's Native American dancers unite harmoniously with the alluring varieties of Minnesota's wildflowers.  Treated  with spontaneity, Fletcher attempts to express his inner reactions to his subjects rather than portray them as detailed illustrations.

Fletcher was invited to pictorially record the dances of several Native American dancers in Minnesota and North Dakota. His decision to pair Minnesota's exquisite Native plants with the incredible regalia of  Native American dancers creates an unforgettable beauty and rhythm which takes the viewer on a sensational journey.

Immediate Past Exhibit:

Fish Out of Water

Two simultaneous shows April 9-May 31, 2017

"Fish Out of Water: The Pottery Creations of Bradley Benn"

Come and see Pike, Northern and Walleye pop from the walls of the Arboretum in this fun, educational, artistic experience.

"Water's Edge"

Journey through the Water's Edge with 15 artists from Spectrum ArtWorks. Explore flora and fauna through a variety of mediums as each artist guides you into this liminal space.

Water's Edge is curated by Martha Bird and features her basketweaving work. Fifteen artists from Spectrum ArtWorks, a group that Martha belongs to, will also be exhibiting.

Artist's Reception
Saturday, April 29, 1-3:30 p.m.

Program at 1:30 p.m. facilitated by Spectrum ArtWorks. Light catered snacks in the Snyder Building Tea Room, live music from Andrew Turpening.

Exhibiting Artists:
Ashley Adams
Cecile Bellamy
Martha Bird
Andrew Braunberger
Faye Buffington-Howell
Peter F. Hinze
Kandace Krause
Samuel L.
Matt LaCombe
Ruth Lais
Michaela Rachor
James E. Sjolin
Julia C. Spencer
Shining Starr
Wallace R. White


"Spoon" by Brenda Ward

Above: "Spoon" by Brenda Ward, part of the current exhibit.

Cafe Gallery

The Cafe Gallery is a second exhibit space adjacent to the Arboretum Cafe features exhibits of photography by the Arboretum Photographers Society, and special exhibits throughout the year ranging from individual artists to prints presented by the Andersen Horticultural Library from their collection of seed catalog covers or botanical prints, etc. Check this more intimate and informal space for delightful interpretations of Arboretum seasons, fanciful prints and other photography exhibits in conjunction with Arboretum seasonal exhibits and displays.

All artwork is available for sale through the Arboretum Gift Store. A portion of proceeds benefits the Arboretum.