MacRostie Art Center

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  • Free admission to gift shop and main gallery. Fees charged for classes, workshops, and some special events.


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  • Located on First Avenue NW, across from Old Central School in downtown Grand Rapids.

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  • Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. Year-round.

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  1. 26th Annual Juried Exhibition

    26th Annual Juried Exhibition

    405 First Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    The 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition features a collection of local and regional artworks juried by Pauline Sameshima.

    Pauline Sameshima is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She works across disciplines to expand notions of creativity, reparative research, community engagement, and social innovation. Through the Arts Integrated Research (AIR) Lab, and as a curator, Dr. Sameshima works with researchers from across Canada and internationally to advance arts integrated research as a significant practice to support innovative interdisciplinary research.

  2. Downtown Art Fair

    Downtown Art Fair

    10 NW 5th Street
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    Free community event with artist vendors, food, live music, and hands-on art activities for kids and families.

  3. Jonathan Thunder & Little Big Show Exhibits

    Jonathan Thunder & Little Big Show Exhibits

    405 First Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    MacRostie Gallery: Jonathan Thunder
    Jonathan Thunder is a painter and digital media artist whose work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions and in local and international publications. His paintings explore personal themes of identity, life transitions, internal conflict, and self-transformation. He depicts expressive characters whose emotions and thoughts manifest viscerally in their physical form. The bodies of his subjects often appear fragmented, disfigured, animalistic, or partially obscured. They portray the prison of old patterns and the desire to fluidly overcome them. His art acts as the scrapbook recording an evolving identity.

    Minnesota Gallery: Little Big Show -- featuring Jane Latimer
    Sometimes big ideas come in small packages. Now in its eleventh year, the popular LITTLE BIG SHOW annually includes over 30 different artists with works that are 12” or smaller in any dimension and priced at $100 or less. This year the featured artist will be watercolor painter Jane Latimer.

  4. July Art Exhibits

    July Art Exhibits

    405 First Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    MacRostie Gallery: Joshua Wilichowski
    The son of a Midwestern auctioneer, Joshua Wilichowski was exposed to the intimate relationships people form with the objects around them at a very early age. His intimate watercolor paintings and sculptures of aged and beat-up pickup trucks and automotive parts explore the relationship between masculine culture and vulnerability. He creates visual allegories that document the search for identity and worth within the submission of societal pressure.

    Minnesota Gallery: Marlene Wisuri
    Art can both trigger memories or be made of memories. Marlene Wisuri's "memory art" began after her mother passed away and she started going through family papers and discovered she had saved cancelled checks dating back to the 1950s. Wisuri began recycling them into simple origami shapes that are combined into mixed media collages. The works become a record of her parents’ everyday life and form a kind of cryptic diary full of hidden messages.

  5. Kimberly Benson & Keith Thompson Exhibits

    Kimberly Benson & Keith Thompson Exhibits

    405 First Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    MacRostie Gallery: Kimberly Benson
    Kimberly Benson's goal is to create a painting that is visually overwhelming. She describes her artistic process as a type of chaos management -- in building up multiple layers, she plays with the viewer’s comprehension of space, form, and illusion through complicating the visual pathway into the painting. Foreground and background weave together as if these layers are a complex collage. Benson finds excitement in the play between overloading the composition while simultaneously harnessing order. It is a balancing act bringing the painting up to a point near failure.

    Minnesota Gallery: Keith Thompson
    A Bovey native and a graduate of Greenway High School, Keith Thompson was the first director of the Itasca Art Association’s gallery (IAA later changed its name to MacRostie Art Center). He studied art at Itasca Community College, the University of Minnesota, and Bemidji State University. He has been a member of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society since 1997, and has given watercolor workshops throughout the state. This exhibit will show all new works by Thompson in watercolor, acrylic, and oils.

  6. MAC ColorRun.Walk.Stroll Family 5k

    MAC ColorRun.Walk.Stroll Family 5k

    405 First Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    The MacRostie Art Center's second annual ColorRun.Walk.Stroll 5k will take place before the opening of the 2018 Art Fair on Saturday, July 14th 2018. Registration and same-day sign up will begin at 7:00 at the MAC Tent on the Old Central School grounds facing the MacRostie Art Center.

    The ColorRun.Walk.Stroll 5k has both active runners and families in mind, while supporting the MacRostie Art Center! Enjoy a 3.1 mile course that starts and ends in front of the MacRostie Art Center and loops around Crystal Lake. Take your time, get colorful and creative at the four color stations on the route, and have fun with your friends while supporting local art!

    Same day sign-ups are welcome with a suggested $10 donation to the MacRostie Art Center.

  7. Six McKnight Artists & Natalia Himmirska Exhibits

    Six McKnight Artists & Natalia Himmirska Exhibits

    405 First Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    Call: 218-326-2697

    MacRostie Gallery: Six McKnight Artists
    The annual exhibition, SIX MCKNIGHT ARTISTS, features new work by 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipients Nicolas Darcourt (Minnetonka, MN) and Sheryl McRoberts (Plymouth, MN), as well as 2015 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipients Kathryn Finnerty (Oregon), Lung-Chieh Lin (Taiwan), Helen Otterson (Kentucky), and Joseph Pintz (Missouri). This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist’s fellowship or residency.

    Minnesota Gallery: Natalia Himmirska
    Natalia Himmirska (Bemidji, MN) was born and raised in Moscow and graduated with an MFA from Fine Art Faculty of the Moscow Technology Institute. Since then, she has taught in universities in Bulgaria and the United States while working on her own art, primarily in painting and printmaking. Her exhibit "Book Marks" is an attempt to reconcile her exploration of new techniques and concepts such as pastel, watercolor, encaustics, and photo etching, with the printmaking and painting media she has used for years.

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 50
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 4
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 600

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