Boreal Forest Art Exhibits


A Center for the Arts

July 1 - August 12, 2011

There were four exhibit venues in Fergus Falls:

A Center for the Arts

Kaddatz Art Gallery

Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

MN State Community College

Lee Frelich, Ph.D., Forest Ecologist presented a lecture on

the Boreal Forest and Lake Aggassiz Plain.

The charming city of Fergus Falls

is about two-and-a-half hours north of the Twin Cities on I94.

The Center for the Arts, built in 1921 as a legitimate theatre stage, was renovated in the 1990s and reopened in the fall of 1995.  It’s mission is to connect artists and audiences by providing inspiring experiences.  The lobby is an exhibit space for varying artists to exhibit.

Kaddatz Galleries is the former Kaddatz Hotel that opened in 1915.  In 2001 Artspace in Minneapolis purchased the building.  Apartments are rented to local artists, while the nonprofit Kaddatz Gallery on the first floor fosters visual arts education in addition to exhibiting the work of local artists.  The Kaddatz Gallery is across the street from A Center for the Arts.

The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is the first residential environmental education center operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and focuses on the understanding of prairies and wetlands.  The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center sits on the Townsend Waterfowl Production Area, a 330 acre tract just outside Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The site includes both native unbroken and restored prairie, over twenty wetlands and an oak savannah.  Over 180 species of birds have been identified at the Center, as well as a wide variety of native prairie grasses and forbs.  Pen and ink drawings of plants related to trees of the botanical art project will be exhibited at the Prairie Wetlands.

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls will exhibit Minneosta Native Plants as part of the botanical exhibit.

September 3 (Labor Day Weekend)

The Artists’ Reception was September 3, 2 - 5 pm.

Located on seven wooded acres a little over two hours north of the Twin Cities, the  Ripple River Gallery is open year-round and features regional artisans with an ever-changing selection of wood, pottery, weaving, jewelry, glass, mixed media, original prints, paintings and more.

Owners, Bob Carls and Amy Sharpe, are artists who spent many years traveling the circuit of art fairs across the midwest.  They decided to take a leap of faith and transformed their garage into a charming gallery space in the summer of 2000.  A day-trip from the Twin Cities is a great way to see their gallery and explore the beauty of the botanical art exhibit.

Ripple River Art Gallery

August 15 - September 15, 2011

Artists’ Reception

Friday, September 6, 2013  4 - 8 pm

MacRostie Art Center (MAC) is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 405 1st Avenue NW directly across from Old Central School.  About 3 hours north of the Twin Cities on Highway 169. 

MAC was formed in 1960 as the Itasca Art Association (IAA), a loosely organized painters’ club, with a primary interest in watercolor. In 1991, Ruth MacRostie made a gift of the building at the corner of 1st Avenue NW and 4th Street in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  With the addition of crucial start-up funding from the Blandin Foundation, IAA decided to change its name to MacRostie Art Center, both to commemorate Ms. MacRostie’s generosity and to reflect institutional maturity.

MacRostie Art Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to community growth through the arts in northern Minnesota. The MAC exists to support and advance the work of professional artists in our region and build a community that recognizes, appreciates and celebrates art. MacRostie Art Center presents exhibitions, workshops, classes, festivals, lectures, and other activities to engage the community in the arts.  It is the goal of the MAC that their services will reach all segments of the community, their efforts will enhance the status of northern Minnesota as an arts destination, and the artists who live and work here will be supported and valued.

MacRostie Art Center

September 1 - October 1, 2013

Hours:  Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm  Sunday closed