Exhibitions & Events

August 5, 2017

Groveland Gallery & Guest Artists

Saturday, August 5 | SmackDown: 10 am-4 pm | Party & Sale: 4-6 pm

Groveland’s most popular summertime event returns. From 10am to 4pm, Groveland Gallery and guest artists will be painting “en plein air” in nearby neighborhoods. The public is welcome to visit the artists on location throughout the day. A map of the artists’ locations can be picked up at the gallery or viewed on this page closer to the event date. All artists and observers are invited to return to the gallery for a party and sale on the front porch at the end of the day.

July 22 & 23 | August 12 & 13

Carl Oltvedt & Joshua Cunningham

This summer Groveland Gallery is offering two Plein Air Painting Workshops. Each workshop will be taught by an experienced local artist and take place over the course of two days. Participants will learn strategies for how to start an outdoor painting and (as important) when to stop. Through demonstration onsite and personal attention, individuals will also learn expert painting techniques and an understanding for how to organize and simplify visual subject matter when working outdoors. Detailed course information provided on this event page under “Read More”. Space is limited, please contact the gallery for more information and reservations: 612-377-7800. 

July 20 - September 1, 2017

Groveland Gallery & Guest Artists

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 20, 5-8 p.m.

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce its first Plein Air Invitational. The exhibition will feature work by 10 Groveland Gallery artists and 7 guest artists who work in a variety of media – watercolor, oils, acrylics, and oil pastels. Since 2010, the gallery has hosted an annual Plein Air SmackDown which has included dedicated plein-air painters as well as Groveland Gallery artists who paint outdoors from time-to-time. Because of the popularity and fun of the SmackDown, the gallery has expanded this year’s event to include this invitational exhibition featuring work created “en plein air”.

June 10 - July 15, 2017

Mark Horton

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10, 2-5 p.m.

This exhibition reflects Mark Horton’s continued interest in using the urban landscape as a point of departure for his paintings. His current work depicts perspectives of cities that hover between representational and imagined. Vibrant color and rhythmic patterning evokes the tempo of city life. Many of Horton’s urban landscapes transcend their subject and are transformed into multi-layered abstractions.

June 10 - July 15, 2017

Larry Welo

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10, 2-5 p.m.

Of his new work, Larry Welo writes: Most of my subjects are from around here. I sketch ideas on paper, and I photograph. Back in the studio, I begin utilizing the material that I gathered plus my imagination. I try to take chances when I work, attempting new approaches to see what happens. For me, one of the beauties of painting is the possibility to add more paint to the canvas. When I do that, I leave something showing of what preceded, suggesting that the creative process is a journey.

April 29 - June 3, 2017

Charles Lyon

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m.

Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias and zinnias. These blossoms, made up of multiple layers of soft, translucent petals that burst outward from their centers, provide the artist with subject matter that is both visually rich and technically challenging. Although they vary in texture, color and complexity, all of Lyon’s blooms reflect the seemingly fleeting months of Minnesota’s warmer seasons. The intricacies of their designs – fashioned by nature – reveal their beauty as well as their purpose within their environment.

April 29 - June 3, 2017

Michael Banning

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m.

In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With each move, the artist carefully explored the new urban landscape through his paintings. Recently, in a desire to examine the familiarity of his domestic space, Banning’s subject has shifted to interiors. While these paintings are formal studies of light, shape and composition, they simultaneously provide an intimate look at the artist’s apartment. Quiet and contemplative, these interior scenes take on an almost voyeuristic point of view.

April 21 - 22, 2017

Michaux Fine Art /Armstrong Fine Art

Wine & Cheese Preview: Friday, April 21 from 4-8 p.m.
Art Exhibition & Sale: Saturday, April 22 from 12-4 p.m.

Groveland Gallery, in partnership with Michaux Fine Art and Armstrong Fine Art, is pleased to invite you to a Special Spring Print Sale. Enliven your home or office with beautiful new works on paper that will lead you into the new spring season and beyond.

March 18 - April 22, 2017

Carl Oltvedt & Barbara McIlrath

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 2-5 p.m.

This two-person exhibition by Carl Oltvedt and Barbara McIlrath focuses on the lifelong affinity both artists share for nature. Over their respective careers, McIlrath and Oltvedt have remained dedicated to representing their rich encounters with nature through painting and drawing. The title for this show comes from an interview with the environmental writer Barry Lopez, “There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”

January 28 - March 11, 2017

Joshua Huyser

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28, 2-5 p.m.

Simple objects, such as vintage packaging and household ephemera, have long been favorite subjects for Joshua Huyser. Found around the home or at garage sales, Huyser depicts these objects against white backdrops, isolated from the world in which they exist. Left to occupy the space on their own, these ordinary items disclose their age, wear, and enduring presence. This most recent body of work, while similar in style, is more personal in nature.

January 28 - March 11, 2017

Michael Kareken

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28, 2-5 p.m.

Of his new work Michael Kareken has written, “My recent drawings and paintings depict the landscape where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.  They focus on two different locations that have special meaning to me: the woods and shorelines of the San Juan Islands north of Puget Sound, and the coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  They are places where I spent my summers and family vacations as a child, and their beauty and mystery still resonate with me.” 

December 3 - January 21, 2017

Kit Wilson

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2-5 p.m.

Kit Wilson has always been fascinated with nature. Variations in atmosphere, color and light found in the outdoors has long captured her imagination. In earlier paintings Wilson frequently aimed her focus on trees, broad views of the sky, and the undulating topography of open spaces, depicting them with nearly microscopic realism. In her most recent work, Wilson continues to hone her sharp observational skills as her gaze drops to take in the bodies of water she finds herself surrounded by on a daily basis.

December 3 - January 21, 2017

Fred Anderson

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2-5 p.m.

Fred Anderson’s imagery is simultaneously personal and seemingly familiar. The paintings in this exhibition illustrate the spaces and objects that populate his everyday life, from still lifes of toy cars, trains and flea-market finds, to interior compositions that reveal glimpses of his home, the house around the corner, and the old farmsteads just outside the city limits. Taken as a group, this exhibition acts as a painter’s journal, a record of memorable encounters with light, composition, and landscape.

November 5 - December 6, 2016

Dan Bruggeman

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2-5 p.m.

Groveland Gallery is pleased to continue its 2016 POP-UP Series with The Tears Started in My Eyes, an exhibition of new paintings by St. Paul artist, Dan Bruggeman.

October 22 - November 26, 2016

Carol Lee Chase

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 2-5 p.m.

Chase’s work has changed significantly over the past 25 years. She has moved from representational imagery to abstract, and recently back to paintings with suggestions of the recognizable. Throughout it all, Chase has been inspired and informed by nature. Recently, what has captured her interest is the mimicry of organic patterning found in contemporary and historical ornamentation.

October 22 - November 26, 2016

Anne DeCoster

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 2-5 p.m.

With a rich color palette and a loose, painterly style, DeCoster’s vibrant landscapes create a narrative of her journeys, weaving together images from memory and her everyday life. Her aesthetic inspirations vary, from her summertime home on the St. Croix River, the Midwestern prairie, childhood trips to Wisconsin and her lifelong relationship with Lake Superior. Life and work have provided DeCoster with abundant reflections.

October 8 - November 2, 2016

Carolyn Swiszcz

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2-5 p.m.

Of her latest work, Swiszcz writes, “These paintings depict places where I have felt in touch with a kind of grace. Some of the places are scenes from trips, others, like the sauna, are like chapels that I return to on a regular basis.”

September 10-October 15, 2016

Joseph Byrne

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2-5 p.m.

Byrne’s newest series of paintings are loosely based on the landscape of Roundstone Bog in the Connemara region of west Ireland. As Byrne writes, “My fascination with this area is both personal—my maternal grandmother was born in a fishing village near the bog—and conceptual. The geological history of the bog is fascinating, and the contemporary characteristics of this austere landscape present visual problems that intrigue and challenge me as a painter.

September 10-October 15, 2016

Joyce Lyon

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2-5 p.m.

In this new body of work, Joyce Lyon visually records Wistman’s Wood, a piece of land nestled on the southern edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England. Lyon first learned of this place over thirty years ago from an essay by John Fowles. Since then, Lyon has been able to visit Wistman’s Wood on multiple occasions, most recently in October 2015. This unique wood is populated by dwarfed, ancient oaks covered in rare forms of moss and hanging lichens protected by the side of a hilI.

August 6, 2016

Plein Air SmackDown VI

Saturday, August 6 | Plein Air SmackDown VI – Groveland Gallery’s most popular summertime event returns, this time with a change of venue: the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Throughout the day, Groveland Gallery and guest artists will be painting en plein air at locations along the river. The public will receive the artist locations in advance, and are welcome to visit the painters on location throughout the afternoon. All artists and observers are invited to return to the gallery for a party on the front porch at the end of the day. SmackDown: 10 am-3 pm | Party & Sale: 4-6 pm 

View a print ready map here or use the pins on this Google map url to find the artists on location from 10am – 3pm.

This event is made possible with support from our friends at the Mississippi Park Connection.

July 23 | July 30

Carl Oltvedt & Richard Abraham


The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area provides scenic landscapes perfect for plein air painting. Groveland Gallery is offering four different plein air painting workshops at various points along the riverfront. Two workshops remain for the month of July. Taught by experienced local artists, each instructor will provide a workshop on-site. All participants are invited to the gallery after the workshop for a critique of the day’s paintings. Space is limited, please contact the gallery for detailed class information and reservations: 612-377-7800. 


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