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.


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Regional Artists Show Their Best Work at ArtReach St. Croix

This year, 55 regional artists are participating in an exhibition that celebrates the diversity of art created in the St. Croix Valley. At the opening reception, the River Moon Award was presented to David Browne for Ice Out, acrylic inks on plastic, and the Board of Directors Award was presented to Charlotte Schuld for Waterfall Brink: Minnehaha Falls, acylic.

Guests to the gallery are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece for the Audience Award which will be announced at a closing party on Thursday, August 21 from 6-8 p.m. All three cash awards are possible thanks to a donation from the IkutaSchodde Family Foundation.

The Annual Members Show will be on display July 10-August 23. The St. Croix Galleries are open Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.

Each Thursday during the summer, ArtReach will extend gallery hours until 8:00 p.m. and will host artist demonstrations, poetry readings or other creative activities on those evenings. ArtReach St. Croix is located at 224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater, Minn.



Tom_Maakestad_03_1 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 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 rivers 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.