Free with gate admission.
Mother Nature's Medium: Explorations with Wood
June 21-Sept. 30
Featuring art by:
Aldo and Juan Abelleira (shown at left)
Throughout the world, people and trees are intimately connected. We at the Arboretum are particularly devoted to these life- giving organisms. The artists in this exhibition are inspired to use wood in their artwork-revealing a natural element that cannot be made by man. Spend time exploring these works to get an idea of the myriad of ways wood is used in creative expression today. We then encourage you to find a pathway through the Arboretum woods where you can experience comfort and solitude on your own.
Paint in Place: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Paint the Arb
Oct. 3, 2018-Jan. 3, 2019
The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota have come together to paint the exquisite ever changing beauty of the Arboretum. The mission of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota is to encourage and promote painting directly from nature. They seek to raise awareness of the inherent splendor found in nature through outdoor painting. OPM has been diligently working through the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2018 to capture the most interesting renditions of beautiful places situated at the MN Landscape Arboretum. Each artist will be hanging two paintings in the gallery for this show/sale.
Oct. 6, 2018, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Throughout Arboretum grounds
Don’t miss this first-ever Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Paint Out. Come see talented artists capture the most picturesque spots at the Arboretum En plein air, a French expression meaning “in the open air,”. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works. If you’ve ever admired a work by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Cezanne or Van Gogh, you’ve more than likely enjoyed a “plein air” work of art. You will able to watch in action these artists capture the light and movement of our treasured Arboretum which can only come from viewing the subject in its natural form. Additionally the artists will be selling the artworks right off the easel. Visitors will be able to take home a piece of the Arboretum at the exact place and time they were here. The proceeds from these sales benefit the MN Landscape Arboretum and the local artist community.
Paint in Place Indoor Extravaganza
November 10, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Macmillan Auditorium, Oswald visitor center
Don’t miss this fun day of art learning and activities. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a presentation in the MacMillan auditorium followed by “speed dating” with the artists. We are bringing back this extremely popular format allowing visitors to engage with 6 different artists in 10 minute intervals. At the sound of the bell your group moves to the next artist. Learn about technique, inspiration and composition while getting to know the artists through antidotes and personal stories.
The day will also have tours of the Paint in Place art show, “pop up” demos and “pop up” classes which will allow visitors to try their hand at creating a personal work of art to take home.
Come prepared for fun!
Immediate Past Exhibit
A Collectors Perspective:
Selections from the Wilcock Gallery Private Collection
April 10–June 17
Before the Wilcock Gallery in Excelsior closed in 2015, Keith Wilcock curated several shows a year at the Arboretum. In its more than 20 years of operation, the gallery frequently purchased pieces from artists' shows for its private collection. Now this rare cache of original art is being shown together for the first time for Arboretum members and visitors.
Pictured: Street Scene, Kate Starling
April 10, 3 p.m., Keith Wilcock, Topic: Why collect art?
April 10, 4 p.m., Keith Wilcock, Topic: Artwork demystified
April 14, 2 p.m., Keith Wilcock, Topic: Artwork demystified
Artist Demonstrations in Oswald Visitor Center Balcony
April 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tom Foty: Acrylics
May 19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Keith Wilcock: Watercolor
June 10, 1–4 p.m., Scott Lloyd Anderson: Oils
The Cafe Gallery is a second exhibit space adjacent to the Arboretum Cafe featuring 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.
Subscribe to info on art exhibit openings, Meet the Artist and gallery events from curator Wendy DePaolis at email@example.com.