Exhibitions & Events

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. 


July 14 | July 28, 2016

National Park Artists | River of Ink

Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. | National Park Artist Talk & Slide Show  Artists have been drawn to the pristine beauty of the national parks since their designation. The National Park Service now hosts 50 artist-in-residence programs throughout the country. 4 Groveland artists, Robert Dorlac (Painted Desert, Isle RoyaleAcadia National Parks), Jean Gumpper (Rocky Mountain, Death Valley & Grand Canyon National Parks), Charles Lyon (Badlands National Park) and Holly Swift(Voyageurs National Park). have participated in this unique opportunity to document the diverse natural and cultural settings of our National Parks. Using their own photographs, stories and artworks, they will share their perspectives as national park artists. Free & open to the public.

Thursday, July 28, 7 pm | River of Ink: A History of Mississippi Travel Writing – Groveland Gallery invites the public to a gallery talk by Patrick Coleman, Senior Curator at the Minnesota Historical Society. Coleman specializes in Minnesota history, and hew will spend the evening discussing what others – historians, explorers, novelists and poets – have written about America’s most treasured river. Free & open to the public.

June 11 - August 13, 2016

Thomas Paquette

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 11, 1-2 p.m. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-5 p.m.

Artist Thomas Paquette – a longtime visitor and appreciator of national parks throughout the United Sates – commemorates the centennial of the National Park Service with a new series of oil and gouache paintings that celebrate one of Minnesota’s greatest environmental treasures: the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

June 11-August 13, 2016

Groveland Gallery & Guest Artists

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-5 p.m.

Sea to Sea features the mountains, rivers, plains and forests documented by Groveland Gallery and guest artists at parks throughout the United States.

June 11-August 13, 2016

Summer 2016 Exhibitions & Events

Groveland Gallery is pleased to present unique programming celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This summer-long series of special exhibitions and events begins with two new shows: America’s River, an exhibition of paintings by Thomas Paquette, and Sea to Sea, a group show by Groveland Gallery artists and guests. The gallery will also host several events to accompany these exhibitions including four Plein Air Painting Workshops; a National Park Artist Talk & Slide Show by Groveland artists who have held artist residencies in national parks; and River of Ink: A History of Mississippi Travel Writing, a gallery talk by Patrick Coleman. In addition, the Plein Air SmackDown returns for its sixth year with a new location. This popular paint-off event is headed to the Mississippi riverfront.

April 30 - June 4, 2016

Carolyn Brunelle

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 p.m.

In this new body of work, Carolyn Brunelle continues her painterly exploration of the iconography of trees. Fascinated by her subject’s cultural and historical symbolism, Brunelle is also drawn to its formal complexities. Webs of leafless branches reach skyward against scumbled backgrounds, becoming nearly abstract in their tangles of bright color and rhythmic lines.

April 30-June 4, 2016

Dan & Lee Ross

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 p.m.

Known for their use of simplified, geometric forms, earthy colors and rich materials, Dan and Lee Ross are most inspired by the seasonal changes they observe in their everyday surroundings. Elements of nature are transformed into elegant, modern designs, a creative process they credit to the landscape just beyond their front door.

April 16-May 16

Paintings by Amy Rice

Meet the artist: Saturday, April 16, 2-5 p.m.

Groveland Gallery is pleased to introduce a new event series called POP-UP.  These month-long, one-room shows will highlight work by local gallery and guest artists. This month’s POP-UP features new Groveland artist Amy Rice.

March 12-April 23, 2016

New Artists, New Views

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2-5 p.m.

With a variety of unrelated subjects, styles and materials, this show is an opportunity to view work by the most recent members of Groveland Gallery’s roster of talented regional artists: Richard Abraham, Dan Mason and Tiit Raid.

March 12-April 23, 2016

Dani Roach

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2-5 p.m.

Dani Roach continues to explore the intersection between representational imagery and abstract space. She pares down her compositions, pushing them further toward abstraction, focusing on the spaces between specific elements in the landscape.

January 23-March 5, 2016

Open Air

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 2-5 p.m.

In celebration of the Minnesota’s long tradition of plein air painting, this show highlights the unique styles and methods of four contemporary, local landscape painters who work outdoors.

January 23-March 5, 2016

Andrew Wykes

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 2-5 p.m.

Painted with heavy impasto, Andrew Wykes builds his landscapes with a palette knife, introducing rhythmic lines and facets of lively color into his compositions. This contemporary approach to the genre of landscape paintings gives Wykes’ images a unique aesthetic. Rooted strongly in the gesture of drawing, his paintings reveal the energy and diversity of the landscapes to which he has traveled over the past two years.

December 5, 2015-January 16, 2016

James Conaway

Opening reception: December 5, 2015-January 16, 2016

For this exhibition, James Conaway continues to look to the local urban landscape to inform his paintings. He uses abstract compositions to illustrate the neighborhoods near his home and studio, both within the heart of the city.

December 5, 2015-January 16, 2016


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

With a variety of unrelated subjects, styles and materials, the work of four gallery artists displays an appreciation for the direct and immediate qualities inherent in working on paper.

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