Reedy Gallery

Free with gate admission.

Now Showing


April 28–October 21

Cardinal, Opus 658, 2015All of the pieces in this exhibit were originally folded from a single piece of paper. Hidden within every folded origami object is a "crease pattern"—a document of history accounting for most of the choices or creases made in creating an origami object. A single piece of paper is altered simply by creasing the paper up into mountain folds or down into valley folds. Each fold leaves a permanent crease in the paper that can only be revealed by deconstructing or unfolding the object. Some origami artists draw or diagram crease patterns as a way to plan a design, or record and keep track of their steps. A simple language of solid and dotted lines defines the difference between mountain and valley folds. Many artists cannot bring themselves to unfold a piece of complex origami after all the time and effort spent on its creation. For this exhibit, a selection of models has been folded and unfolded to reveal the complex patterns hidden beneath the surface of the origami.

Pictured: Cardinal, Opus 658, 2015

Harmony with Nature

April 28–October 21

Red Hibiscus - Susan FredricksonNature has played a prominent role in Japanese art and culture throughout the centuries. From depictions of the majestic Mount Fuji to the humblest flower, Japanese art often reflects a human's intimate connection with nature. The brushwork and pottery in this exhibition was created by local contemporary artists who have spent time studying and reflecting on Japanese art and culture—the understanding of which informs their own work today.

Pictured: Red Hibiscus, Susan Fredrickson

Coming Soon

Inspired by Nature: Botanical Art at the Arboretum

Oct. 26-Dec. 26







Don’t miss the 11th annual botanical art exhibition featuring the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Art. Inspired by Nature will highlight approximately 70 works which not only include flowers but also fruits, vegetables, trees, fungi and other "flora". A variety of typical media for botanical art will be included - watercolor, gouache, acrylics, graphite, colored pencils, ink, scratchboard and carbon dust. Photos and computer-generated images are excluded. Pictured: Maple Leaves by Janet Goltz


Coordinated activities with this exhibition include:

Free Opening Reception
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Meet the artists and be a part of the awards presentations for "Best of Show" and "First-Time Entry" at 3 p.m.

Artists On Site

Throughout the duration of the show, there will be some Great River Chapter (GRC) botanical artists in the gallery demonstrating their work and/or available to answer questions. Check to GRC website for the schedule.


Two all-day botanical workshops will be offered by local botanical and nature artist Wendy Brockman.

Nov. 4, "Mixing and Painting Nature's Greens"

Nov. 11, "Dry-Brush Painting"

A People's Choice award will be given at the end of the show with visitors to the gallery invited to vote for their favorite work of botanical art.

Andersen Horticultural Library will display works in the Cafe rampway that have been juried into their Flora and Fauna Illustrata program, a 100-year project documenting the plants and animals that live and/or pass through the Arboretum.

Reedy Gallery

The Reedy Gallery, established through the generosity of Darwin and Geri Reedy, offers eclectic interpretations of nature's beauty, outdoor landscapes and scenes by talented, award-winning artists with roots in Minnesota. Works in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and other media add nature-inspired artistry to engage visitors in exploring the beauty and wonders of the outdoors at the Arboretum.

Subscribe to info on art exhibit openings, Meet the Artist and gallery events from curator Wendy DePaolis at

Typically, four to five fine art exhibits are presented each year, touching on seasonal themes and explorations. Informal tours are offered weekly by trained volunteer docents and staff. Often, artists talks and painting demonstrations are scheduled in the Great Hall or in the gardens to round out the exhibit. Reedy Gallery exhibits are open year-round during Visitor Center hours and are free with Arboretum admission. 

Art in the Reedy Gallery is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale directly benefitting the Arboretum as well as helping to support the local arts community.  Purchases can be made through the Arboretum Gift Store

The Arboretum is pleased to work with the local arts community in curating and organizing exhibits  Please contact arts curator, Wendy DePaolis at if you are interested in showing your work as part of a future exhibit.