On the road this summer with the Mobile Art Gallery | Local News

The Mobile Art Gallery takes the show on the road with a group exhibition titled “Awakening: Inspired by Interconnections,” featuring pieces from the What We Need is Here cohort of artists and curated by guest curator Anastasia Shartin of the Phipps Center for the Arts.

“Prairie Flowers Exhale Birds” acrylic on two cradles, by Bonnie Ploger.

This exhibition explores the close relationship between humans and the natural world, and offers a new understanding of their interdependence.

“Awakening” features new works by artists who participated in the What We Need is Here 2021-2022 seminar series, exploring the role of art and sustainability in creating thriving communities.

The Mobile Art Gallery, a program of ArtReach St. Croix, will travel through the St. Croix Valley this summer and fall, bringing the arts into the landscape.

“The Mobile Art Gallery provides us with additional opportunities beyond the proverbial gallery walls to amplify the messages of What We Need is Here and to express our symbiosis, interconnectedness and interdependence,” said Heather Rutledge, Executive Director of ‘ArtReach St. Croix.


Seen and Unseen, pastel and charcoal on cotton rag paper, by Stephen J. Gates.

“Awakening” is a complex and harmonized group project inspired by the participating artists’ individual responses to their experiences throughout the meetings of the What We Need is Here seminar and a two-day summer retreat in the wildlife area of ​​the Barrens, at the far northeast of the St Croix River watershed, near the headwaters of the Namekagon River.

Through these experiences, artists began to understand more deeply the significance of the interconnectedness of species throughout the natural world, even those we cannot see and which may lie deep underground. The participating artists of What We Need is Here are Gloria Adrian, Barb Bend, Stephen J. Gates, Deanna Grigus, Theresa Harsma, Patty Kuebker Johnson, Cheryl Maplethorpe, Lynn Pagliarini, Bonnie Ploger, Teri Power, Sue Rowe, Judy Smith, Krista Spieler, Laura Tiede, Jill Waterhouse and Linda Webster.

Developed in 2016, the Mobile Art Gallery’s exhibitions change from year to year, but its goal remains the same: to engage people with unexpected artistic experience in an unexpected place and expand people’s curiosity about artistic resources and opportunities. of the region.

An artists’ reception will be held at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. Fourth St., Stillwater, Minnesota on Thursday, July 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public.


ArtReach St. Croix mobile art gallery.

Find the Mobile Art Gallery and the Awakening on:

  • William O’Brien State Park, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota July 8-10.

  • Point Douglas County Park, Hastings, Minnesota, July 15-17.

  • Interstate Park, Minnesota – August 5-7.

  • Afton State Park, Hastings, Minnesota – August 12-14.

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 20-21.

  • Willow River State Park, Hudson, Wisconsin – September 2-4.


Awakening at ArtReach St. Croix’s mobile art gallery.

Visit the Art Reach St. Croix website to learn more about this exhibit and the mobile art gallery, and to see specific hours and information about artist-led programs at the various park locations.

William E. Bennett