Groveland Gallery National Parks Celebration

Summer 2016 Exhibitions & Events

June 11-August 13, 2016

Groveland Gallery National Parks Celebration

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.

2016 Summer Schedule of Exhibitions & Events



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. 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. 

Workshop Schedule & Instructors

July 23, 10 am-5 pm: Carl Oltvedt – Inspired but don’t know where to start? Students will be guided in developing an approach to organizing visual information into a cohesive composition. Carl will discuss overall expression, as well as the properties of color, contrast, light, pictorial space, scale and proportion. Participants will focus on grand views of the river or intimate woodland subjects. Participants are encouraged to use a media of their choice. Location: Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul | Class fee: $90

July 30, 9 am-4 pm: Richard Abraham – Richard will demonstrate how to start a painting from life. He will emphasize creating form and depth quickly in a painting by using shapes, values and edges. Many tips and techniques will be touched upon. Students will have 4 hours of guided painting, concluding with a group critique at Groveland Gallery. Location: Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis | Class fee: $90


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 he 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.

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. The day’s paintings will be available for sale. Among the artists included are Groveland painters Richard Abraham, Fred Anderson, Michael BanningKristie Bretzke, Robert Dorlac, Jim Conaway, Tom Maakestad, Carl Oltvedt, Barbara McIlrath, Susan Horn, Holly Swift and Justin Terlecki. Guest artists will include Carl Bretzke, Chris Copeland, Joshua Cunningham, Aaron Jacobs, Dan Mondloch and Bob Upton. SmackDown: 10 am-3 pm | Party & Sale: 4-6 pm  – With support from the Mississippi Park Connection                           



June 18, 8:30 am-4:30 pm: Scott Lloyd Anderson – Paint in oils outdoors along the beautiful Minneapolis riverfront! Create compositions of the downtown skyline, the river and the St. Anthony Falls area. Design and achieving a sense of light will be the primary focus of this class. Selecting a vantage point that provides an attention-getting composition will also be disucssed. Most importantly, Scott will help participants learn to respond to changes in light by painting faster. All skill levels welcome. Location: east side of the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis | Class fee: $90

July 9-10, 8 am-5 pm: Joshua Cunningham – Painting a landscape on location offers a rich,varied and interesting experience. Knowing what you want to paint, and holding on to it through all the tumult around you, demands a deep and protracted focus. Participants will develop an understanding of how the light and air inform their compositions. Joshua will help artists deepen their connection to what they’re painting by helping them understand what they are seeing. All skill levels are welcome. Location: Boom Island, Minneapolis | Two-day class fee: $200.00


Thursday, June 16, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception & Film Screening   Rebirth: The Mississippi’s National Park Presented by Friends of the Mississippi River – “Rebirth” features the untold, inspiring tale of the groundbreaking designation of our local, 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River as a national park. It’s a great way to celebrate the 2016 National Park Service Centennial and the importance of reaching across the aisle to protect our national treasures and heritage. Q & A with filmmakers John Kaul and Tom Reiter will follow the film.

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, and several Groveland artists have participated in these unique opportunities to observe and document the diverse natural and cultural settings of the United States. Groveland Gallery has invited four artists to discuss their experiences as artists-in-residence in the national parks. Using their own photographs, stories and artworks, they will share their perspectives as national park artists. Free & open to the public.

The panel of artists includes: 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).


MAIN GALLERY EXHIBITION  America’s River: Paintings of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area by Thomas Paquette  June 11-August 13, 2016Artist Talk: Saturday, June 11, 1-2 p.m. | Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-5 p.m.

GROVELAND ANNEX EXHIBITION  Sea to Sea: Groveland Gallery Artists and Guests Paint Our Parks | June 11-August 13, 2016 | Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-5 p.m.