St. Croix Galleries

Regular Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturdays 12-4pm

The St. Croix Galleries of ArtReach St. Croix features the work of local, regional and national artists in rotating exhibits. The gallery hosts a collection of visual arts representing a variety of mediums throughout the year. Gallery admission is free. Check out our archives.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

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A Bend in the River 

The beauty and changing moods of the wild and scenic St. Croix River has inspired countless artists. In A Bend in the River, the most recent gallery exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix, the perspectives explored by artists Susan Armington and Tom Maakestad move beyond sun-dappled waters and rushing rapids to aerial views of the physical presence and personal stories of the river’s impact on individual lives.

Armington’s “River Stories” were inspired by time spent “river-gazing” and listening to people’s stories what the St. Croix River means in their lives while participating in her 2013 Pine Needles Residency at St Croix Watershed Research Station in Marine on St. Croix. Her mixed-media paintings include these stories collaged into water to invoke a sense of words flowing through time.

The geological path of the river from an aerial perspective is the focus of Maakestad’s body of work. His pieces provide the viewer with a birds-eye-view of the power of water to erode stone over thousands of years as it found the path of least resistance. Evidence of how people relate to the river can be seen in cities, towns and farms that abut the river banks.

A Bend in the River will be on display Thursday, September 4 through Saturday, October 11. An opening party will take place Thursday, September 4 at 6-8pm. The St. Croix Galleries are open Wednesdays–Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.  ArtReach St. Croix is located at 224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater, Minn.

As a Take Me to the River event, A Bend in the River will have extended hours the weekends of September 20-28. The gallery will be open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m.  

The creation of Susan Armington’s work was supported by a fiscal year 2013 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Artist at Pine Needles residency from the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Croix Watershed Research Station. Tom Maakestad is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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UPCOMING EXHIBIT

2014 APH Tour Warren MacKenzie MacKenzie’s Influence in the St. Croix

ArtReach St. Croix will present MacKenzie’s Influence in the St. Croix, an exhibition of potter Warren MacKenzie and other St. Croix Valley potters whose work has been influence by the legendary artist. The exhibit will be on view at ArtReach from October 15-November 16, 2014. ArtReach will also be screening a new documentary, “Warren MacKenzie: A Potter’s Hands” which presents a cinematic window into MacKenzie’s life work and philosophy.

Warren MacKenzie has been known for his functional, no-nonsense style of pottery lovingly called “Mingei-sota” inspired by Mingei, the Japanese folk pottery tradition. MacKenzie’s long career as a craftsman, artist and teacher has influenced countless potters. MacKenzie will headline the exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix’s galleries in Stillwater, his hometown for the last 50+ years. He will be joined by St. Croix Valley potters who were his students, mentees and colleagues. Each of the contributing potters are known in their own right and include: Wayne Branum, Guillermo Cuellar, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, Jeff Oestrich and Mark Pharis.

The underlying story in this project is about infusing art into the everyday. It is about a contemporary art pottery tradition that is being built in rural areas, for daily use and with quiet connection to the land in this scenic river valley. It is great to know that around the next bend in the St. Croix River Valley there might be a world famous potter at work.

ArtReach St. Croix is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During “MacKenzie’s Influence in the St. Croix” there will be extended gallery hours which includes Sunday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.artreachstcroix.org or call 651-439-1465.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and is part of a touring exhibition supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board.