Current Restaurant Gallery Show

"Center of Gravity II" Photography Exhibit featuring artist Peter Juhl
April 5-May 17, 2014

Rock-balancing artist Peter Juhl returns with a new photography exhibit showcasing his natural stone sculptures.

Meet the Artist
Sunday, April 20, 1-2 p.m.
Booksigning, Arboretum Gift Store, Oswald Visitor Center
Center of Gravity: A Guide to the Practice of Rock Balancing

Rock balancing demonstrations with Peter Juhl:

Saturday, April 5, 1-2 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m.-Noon
Oswald Visitor Center Balcony

Saturday, April 26, & May 3, 11 a.m.-Noon
Rock-Balancing Classes offered at the Marion Andrus Learning Center


Coming Soon!

"Insect Pollinators--Minnesota Bugs and Butterflies"
Bill Johnson, Photographer
May 18-July 20

Photographer Bill Johnson brings beetles and bumblebees, dragonflies, water bugs and butterflies up close and personal.

Meet the Artist
May 18, 1-3 p.m.
Minnesota Bug Hunt
book signing and demo with author Bruce Giebink and photographer Bill Johnson.In Arboretum Gift Store.


Immediate past exhibit:

7th Annual Arboretum Photographers Society Juried Show & Sale
January 10 - April 4, 2014
Best of the Arboretum:  Through the lens of the Arboretum Photographers Society

The Arboretum is proud to present the 7th annual Arboretum Photgraphers Society (APS) Juried Show & Sale. The exhibit theme, "Best of the Arboretum: Through the lens of the Arboretum Photographers Society" features a variety of seasonal topics and photo styles.  All photographs were taken on the grounds of the Arboretum and are listed below. During January and February of the exhibit, the APS will offer drop-in photo clinics on Saturdays (Jan. 11-Feb. 22) from noon - 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center balcony. Special thanks to judges Richard Sennot of the Star Tribune, Jillian Bell of Tamron and Molle Francisco of the Chaska Herald.

Exhibit winners:

Best of Show (in alphabetical order):

"Where is Spring?" by Karen Blenker, Chanhassen; "Currier & Ives Sunrise" by Michael Borg, Eden Prairie; "Tulips in the Mist" by Ken Evans, Maple Grove; "Koi" by Christopher Hall; "Three Benches" by Todd Mulvehill, Shakopee; "Sleepy Hollow" by Al Whittaker; "Sweet Satisfaction" by Al Whittaker; "Color Symmetry" by Al Whittaker; Special LIght" by Tom hyoemans, Ede Prairie.

Gold Awards:

"Machii in the Spring" by Gayle Fleming; "Translucent Beauty" by Al Giencker; "Yellow Ladyslipper" by Maggi Keith; "Beetle Pad" by Joan Wallner, Edina; "The Iconic Barn" by Al Whittaker; "Serenity" by Al Whittaker.

Silver Awards:

"Snow Desert" by Michael Borg, Eden Prairie; "Sunrises as Color Falls" by Micheal Borg, Eden Prairie; "Two Frogs" by Michael Borg, Eden Prairie; "Frosty February Morning" by Christopher Hall; "The Fragrance Garden" by Vienna Volante; "Winter Silhouettes" by Joan Wallner.

Bronze Awards:

 "Pink Calla Lady" by Dianne Jandt; "Milkweed Seeds Blowing in the Wind" by Diane Jandt; "White and Pink Roses in Natural Light" by Jack H. Jones, Chanhassen; "Bearded Iris" by Mark Paulson, Mound; "Dahlia Blooms" by Mark Paulson; "A Perfect Perch for a Moment's Rest" by Kristy Walker, Excelsior; and "Three Scarecrows" by Mark Weber, Mankato.

Runners-up Awards:

"What Lies Beneath" by Kim Herzog; "Sunset on Three-Mile Drive" by Lester Hughes-Seamans; "How Sweet It Is" by Nathan Johnson; "Natural Pictograph" by Roger Pavelle; "Japanese Garden" by Roger Smallbeck, "Hosta Path" by Marilyn Weber; "Golden Gopher Iris" by Pat Witherow.

All photographs are available for sale through the Arboretum Gift Store. A portion of proceeds benefit the Arboretum.

The Science of Beauty in the Gardens
Featuring three botanical Artists:  Marion Adcock, Wendy Brockman and Judith Spiegel
November 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014


One of the oldest and most demanding fields of fine art is Botanical Illustration; demanding because in addition to all the usual demands of creating fine art, the paintings must be scientifically accurate.  Kings and queens of ancient Europe engaged artist to create paintings of the rare plants and flowers in their lavish gardens and the books containing these rare illustrations are priceless. The Arboretum’s own Anderson Horticultural Library has some of these rare volumes in their collection.  They attract Botanists and scholars from all over the world.

The tradition of Botanical Art has survived the centuries and is alive and well. It attracts artists who love nature and believe that reality is beautiful and worth preserving. Astute observation and attention to detail is essential.  It is one of the few branches of fine art that is dominated by women.

Three such women are presented here. Each has her own style and approach. Wendy Brockman and Judith Spiegel work in watercolor. Marian Adcock uses colored pencil as her medium. Prices vary according to the artist’s reputation, experience and recognition.


About the Restaurant Gallery

A second exhibit space adjacent to the Arboretum Restaurant featuries 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.

2014 APS Show

Current Exhibit:  7th Annual APS Juried Show & Sale, Jan. 10-April 4, 2014

Featuring Winning Entries from the Arboretum Photographer's Society. Entries are also available for purchase.

Pictured: Macchi in the Spring by APS Photographer Gayle Fleming