Cafe Gallery

Free with gate admission.

Now Showing

Mother Nature's Medium: Explorations with Wood

June 21-Sept. 30

Featuring art by:

Aldo and Juan Abelleira (shown at left)

Anna Bailey

Jill Whitney-Birk

Josie Winship


Throughout the world, people and trees are intimately connected. We at the Arboretum are particularly devoted to these life- giving organisms. The artists in this exhibition are inspired to use wood in their artwork-revealing a natural element that cannot be made by man. Spend time exploring these works to get an idea of the myriad of ways wood is used in creative expression today. We then encourage you to find a pathway through the Arboretum woods where you can experience comfort and solitude on your own.

Coming Soon

Paint in Place: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Paint the Arb

Oct. 3, 2018-Jan. 3, 2019

The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota have come together to paint the exquisite ever changing beauty of the Arboretum. The mission of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota is to encourage and promote painting directly from nature. They seek to raise awareness of the inherent splendor found in nature through outdoor painting. OPM has been diligently working through the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2018 to capture the most interesting renditions of beautiful places situated at the MN Landscape Arboretum. Each artist will be hanging two paintings in the gallery for this show/sale.


Oct. 6, 2018, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Throughout Arboretum grounds

Don’t miss this first-ever Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Paint Out. Come see talented artists capture the most picturesque spots at the Arboretum En plein air, a French expression mean­ing “in the open air,”. Plein air artists cap­ture the spirit and essence of a land­scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color and move­ment into their works. If you’ve ever admired a work by Monet, Renoir, Pis­sarro, Cezanne or Van Gogh, you’ve more than likely enjoyed a “plein air” work of art. You will able to watch in action these artists capture the light and movement of our treasured Arboretum which can only come from viewing the subject in its natural form. Additionally the artists will be selling the artworks right off the easel. Visitors will be able to take home a piece of the Arboretum at the exact place and time they were here.  The proceeds from these sales benefit the MN Landscape Arboretum and the local artist community.

Paint in Place Pop-Up Painters Indoors

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Macmillan Auditorium, Oswald visitor center

Don’t miss this free, fun day of art education and activities guided by the talented Outdoor Painters of Minnesota. The day begins at 11 a.m. with a presentation in the MacMillan auditorium. Bring your friends for this high-energy "snapshot" format where visitors engage in short conversations and demonstrations with several artists in 10-minute intervals. Learn about technique, inspiration and composition while getting to know the artists through anecdotes and personal stories.

The day will also have tours of the Paint in Place art show, “pop up” demos! No preregistration required. Come prepared for fun!.

Come prepared for fun!

Immediate Past Exhibit

A Collectors Perspective:
Selections from the Wilcock Gallery Private Collection

Street Scene - Kate StarlingApril 10–June 17

Before the Wilcock Gallery in Excelsior closed in 2015, Keith Wilcock curated several shows a year at the Arboretum. In its more than 20 years of operation, the gallery frequently purchased pieces from artists' shows for its private collection. Now this rare cache of original art is being shown together for the first time for Arboretum members and visitors.

Pictured: Street Scene, Kate Starling


April 10, 3 p.m., Keith Wilcock, Topic: Why collect art?
April 10, 4 p.m., Keith Wilcock, Topic: Artwork demystified
April 14, 2 p.m., Keith Wilcock, Topic: Artwork demystified

Artist Demonstrations in Oswald Visitor Center Balcony

April 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tom Foty: Acrylics
May 19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Keith Wilcock: Watercolor
June 10, 1–4 p.m., Scott Lloyd Anderson: Oils

Arboretum 60th Anniversary

Cafe Gallery

The Cafe Gallery is a second exhibit space adjacent to the Arboretum Cafe featuring exhibits of photography by the Arboretum Photographers Society, and special exhibits throughout the year ranging from individual artists to prints presented by the Andersen Horticultural Library from their collection of seed catalog covers or botanical prints, etc. Check this more intimate and informal space for delightful interpretations of Arboretum seasons, fanciful prints and other photography exhibits in conjunction with Arboretum seasonal exhibits and displays.

All artwork is available for sale through the Arboretum Gift Store. A portion of proceeds benefits the Arboretum.

Subscribe to info on art exhibit openings, Meet the Artist and gallery events from curator Wendy DePaolis at