Exhibitions & Events

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. 


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.

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