Cafe Gallery

Free with gate admission.

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


Annual APS Show and Sale

Autumn Falls by Al WhitakerJanuary 11–April 8

The annual Arboretum Photographers Society (APS) juried show and sale, titled "APS 2018 Minnesota Great" features images from throughout Minnesota. Visitors to the Cafe Gallery can immerse themselves in the best the state has to offer from waterfalls to caves, sweet goslings to long-forgotten architecture. In each case, the images attracted the votes of jurors - and professional photographers and instructors - Laurie Hernandez and Rikk Flohr. They judged the pieces on composition, subject, lighting and impact to the viewer. In the end, they selected 30 images with the top four achieving distinctive honors.

Final results are:

Best of Show - "Autumn Falls by Al Whitaker (pictured at left)
Gold - "Zen Reeds" (pictured in right-hand content)
Silver - "Great Grey Owl" by Karen Blenker
Bronze - "Winter Sunrise at Lutsen" by Mark Paulson
Honorable Mention - "Ancestral Pier" by Michael Borg; "Prairie Sunrise" by Al Whitaker and "Niagra Cave" by Eric Wischmann

Arboretum 60th Anniversary

Cafe Gallery

The Cafe Gallery is a second exhibit space adjacent to the Arboretum Cafe features 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.