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. Aaron Olson-Reiners & Nicole Havekost and Itasca Life Options exhibits

    Aaron Olson-Reiners & Nicole Havekost and Itasca Life Options exhibits

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

    MacRostie Gallery: Aaron Olson-Reiners and Nicole Havekost
    Through paintings (Olson-Reiners) and handcrafted dolls (Havekost) these two artists explore ideas about personal identity, self-awareness, contradiction, and ambiguity. Olson-Reiners uses abstract imagery and intuitive process to create his abstract paintings that express the struggle for personal meaning and authenticity. Havekost creates bodies with repurposed tools and materials that mimic textures, colors and surfaces of biological forms. These figures reflect the push and pull of the artist’s relationship with her physical body and the transformative experience of giving birth to another body.

    Minnesota Gallery: Itasca Life Options
    For more than 10 years, the MAC has partnered with Itasca Life Options, an organization serving adults with developmental disabilities in the Itasca County area, to deliver weekly art classes in the MAC’s studios. In 2018, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, MAC and ILO are expanding their partnership to include more classes and community art events. This exhibit will showcase the results of the new directions explored by the ILO artists.

  3. David Dobbs and Peter Gordienko Exhibits

    David Dobbs and Peter Gordienko Exhibits

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

    MacRostie Gallery: David Dobbs
    Dobbs is an oil painter whose current body of work are paintings inspired by still images from film or video. When watching videos online, if it pauses or freezes unexpectedly he takes a screen capture of the image and uses that as the source material for his paintings. Most of his paintings are of films or television shows that originally aired in a pre-digital era. Dobbs' work considers how digital technology has transformed both the way we interact with and interpret older media.

    Minnesota Gallery: Peter Gordienko
    A self-taught artist, Gordienko recently completed an epic novel that takes the reader on a surrealistic journey through the trials, hopes, and human nature of a large American city of a long ago era. This exhibit presents a series of 54 paintings that are illustrations for the story – from scenes to portraits of individual characters.

  4. Douglas Ross and Nancy Bundy, David Luke & Linda Snoffer Exhibits

    Douglas Ross and Nancy Bundy, David Luke & Linda Snoffer Exhibits

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

    MacRostie Gallery: Douglas Ross
    Ross considers himself a landscape painter, but in approaching this project he was influenced by his college geology classes, which included a lengthy field trip to the Iron Range. He will present paintings from the Cuyuna, Mesabi, and Vermillion Ranges from Grand Rapids to Tower and Sudan and ending in Ely.

    Minnesota Gallery: Nancy Bundy, David Luke, Linda Snoffer
    Three different artists explore environmental impact in this group show. David Luke uses photography and digital manipulation to make visible the imminent ecological transformations in Minnesota’s northern boreal forests due to climate change. Linda Snoffer’s interpretive printmaking captures the grass movement of prairie scenes and creates forest scenes with grasses melding into trees and back into prairie again. Nancy Bundy’s photography includes architectural remnants and artifacts from former mines as well as their surrounding landscapes. As a group, the works examine the juxtaposition between the protected and the vulnerable, the comfortable and the violent, the relaxed and the analytical.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Northern Spirit Shop Open House

    Northern Spirit Shop Open House

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

    The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the opening of the annual MacRostie Art Center holiday market. The "Northern Spirit Shop" includes a wide variety of work from nearly 100 local artists with jewelry, carved wooden bowls, pottery, drawings, wooden toys, birch bark weaving, hand-dyed scarves, paintings, and more.

    This annual exhibition celebrates the diverse and talented artists that live and work in northern Minnesota. It’s also an opportunity for MAC members and patrons to find unique, handmade gifts during the holiday season and make purchases that support both local artists and MacRostie Art Center.

    The open house will include the first look at new handmade items, cookies and cider, and in-store specials for Small Business Saturday.

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  • 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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