Now Open

Nourishing Life Through Art
April 9-June 29, 2016

This juried exhibit of the Minnesota Watercolor Society showcases talented local artists and interpretations of landscapes, scenes and life. A reception and awards night, open to Arboretum members and visitors, is Thursday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m.

Family Roots  from exhibit shown at right

Artists' Demos Weekend Schedule, noon - 2 p.m.

Apr 9 Virgil Delegard
Apr 10 Georgia Kandiko
May 7 Carol Wingard
May 8 Marilyn Jacobson
Jun 4 Tara Sweeney
Jun 5 Julie Allen
Apr 16 Suz Galloway
Apr 17 Diane Jandt
May 14 Suzi McArdle
May 15 Dick Green
Jun 11 Bonnie Featherstone
Jun 12 Mary Sue Krueger
Apr 23 Mary Axelson
Apr 24 Marilyn Jacobson
May 21 Lyndy Colleen Johnson
May 22 Jim Turner
Jun 18 Joel Kaplan
Jun 19 Suzi McArdle
Apr 30 Judy Cline
May 1 Gary Marquardt
May 28 Sonja Hutchinson
May 29 Theresa Weseman
Jun 25 David Smith
Jun 26 Marilyn Jacobson


Coming Soon!

A Brush With Beauty: Painting in the Chinese Tradition
July 1-Sept. 18, 2016

Inspired by the groundbreaking of the new Chinese Garden at the MN Landscape Arboretum, this exquisite exhibition displays five local artists brought together for the first time. In this place, the viewer is able to contemplate the variety of ways the artists convey beauty, energy and form. Originally trained in the Asian brush style, each has evolved their unique skills to create stunning works of art. The beauty and philosophy of an ancient civilization spring forth as these art pieces engage your soul and mind.

Artists: Kairong Liu (below, left), Bob Schmitt (below, middle),Yudong Shen, Lei Yang and Hong Zhang (below, right).

Kairong Liu Bob Schmitt Spring Sensation


Meet the Artists Events

Tuesday, Aug. 23
"Explore the Exhibition" Tours, Talks and Treats
6 to 8:30 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Enjoy a free evening of fun and learning with the artists of "A Brush With Beauty". Take a guided tour of the exhibition, meet the artists and listen to a talk by Chinese garden/culture expert Dr. Carol Brash of St. Cloud State.

Thursday, Sept. 15
"Appreciating a Chinese Garden"
6 to 8 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Lecture by University of Minnesota Instructor Hong Zhang.


Immediate Past Exhibit:

Winter Wonderland: Beauty Revealed
Jan. 7-March 31, 2016

Holiday Skaters at Peavey Plaza by Andy Evansen Featuring the artwork of Andy Evansen http://www.evansenartstudio.com/, Tom Foty http://www.tomfotyart.com/, Charlotte Laxenhttp://www.charlottelaxen.com/, Kathryn Mussackhttp://mussackart.com/admin/Home.shtml and Neil Shermanhttp://www.neilshermanart.com (at left, "Hidden Falls"). Come be inspired by these talented artist's interpretations of the beauty that is all around us during this magical season and leave with new images and ideas about winter.

Meet the Artists 5.0
January 23, 1-4 p.m., free event (free January gate admission), MacMillan Auditorium

As an added feature to the Winter Wonderland exhibit, Meet the Artists will be a reception with a twist! There will be a short introduction, and then each of the artists will be stationed in a different location in the Auditorium. Visitors will be divided into groups and have 15 minutes to interact with the artists before being signaled by a bell to move to the next artist's location. During the interactions, the artist might share information about their inspirations and techniques or tell personal stories about their works. A short time for Q&A may also be included. After the interactions, there will be time for socializing and purchasing opportunities.

Above: "Holiday Skaters at Peavey Plaza" by Minnesota artist Andy Evansen, one of five painters featured in "Winter Wonderland: Beauty Revealed" exhibit, opening Jan. 7-March 31.


Reedy Gallery

Family Roots

Reedy Gallery 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 depao008@umn.edu.

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  depao008@umn.edu if you are interested in showing your work as part of a future exhibit.