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


Taylor Moran

"Moran and Pavett: Finding Peace in Nature"

Oct. 6-Nov. 26, 2017

Nature is filled with strength, resilience, beauty and mystery. Through these works, many on large canvases, the viewer becomes immersed in the nourishing aspects of nature. Taylor Moran, a recent fine arts graduate, is paired with Ken Pavett who has been practicing his art for decades. For this exhibit, both rely on the awe-inspiring expression of nature to fuel their creativity. Painting at left by Taylor Moran.

Young Fancy Shawl Dancer

"Dancing Among the Wildflowers" with featured artist James D. Fletcher

Aug. 4-Oct. 1, 2017

The colors, textures, rhythms and movements of Jim Fletcher's Native American dancers unite harmoniously with the alluring varieties of Minnesota's wildflowers.  Treated  with spontaneity, Fletcher attempts to express his inner reactions to his subjects rather than portray them as detailed illustrations.

Fletcher was invited to pictorially record the dances of several Native American dancers in Minnesota and North Dakota. His decision to pair Minnesota's exquisite Native plants with the incredible regalia of  Native American dancers creates an unforgettable beauty and rhythm which takes the viewer on a sensational journey.

At left: "Young Fancy Shawl Dancer".








June 2-July 30, 2017

"Breathing Classical Life Into Today's Art: Works from the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis"

Peaches by Laura TundelFounded by Richard Lack, the Minneapolis Atelier develops artists in the realistic painting tradition. Combining formal academic training with French Impressionist influence, these works communicate a love for the visible world. Lose yourself in the luscious colors and sculpted forms of Atelier Co-directors Dale Redpath and Cyd Wicker, teachers Christine Mitzuk and Laura Tundel along with student Brenda Ward. The beauty and harmony of these paintings will leave you feeling like you've taken a journey through Western art history integrating the values and teachings of previous centuries into these contemporary works. At left: "Peaches" by Laura Tunde.


Two simultaneous shows April 9-May 31, 2017


Fish Out of Water

"Fish Out of Water: The Pottery Creations of Bradley Benn"

Come and see Pike, Northern and Walleye pop from the walls of the Arboretum in this fun, educational, artistic experience.

"Water's Edge"

Journey through the Water's Edge with 15 artists from Spectrum ArtWorks. Explore flora and fauna through a variety of mediums as each artist guides you into this liminal space.

Water's Edge is curated by Martha Bird and features her basketweaving work. Fifteen artists from Spectrum ArtWorks, a group that Martha belongs to, will also be exhibiting.

Artist's Reception
Saturday, April 29, 1-3:30 p.m.

Program at 1:30 p.m. facilitated by Spectrum ArtWorks. Light catered snacks in the Snyder Building Tea Room, live music from Andrew Turpening.

Exhibiting Artists:
Ashley Adams
Cecile Bellamy
Martha Bird
Andrew Braunberger
Faye Buffington-Howell
Peter F. Hinze
Kandace Krause
Samuel L.
Matt LaCombe
Ruth Lais
Michaela Rachor
James E. Sjolin
Julia C. Spencer
Shining Starr
Wallace R. White

"Serene Garden Waterfall" by Michael Borg

"Seasons of Light: 10th Annual Arboretum Photographers Society Show & Sale"
Jan. 9-April 2, 2017

The Arboretum's spectacular surroundings offer great opportunities for photo taking through the seasons. The Arboretum Photographers Society (APS) annual juried exhibition showcases how its members have interpreted the theme "Seasons of Light". The images they have captured represent all five seasons at the Arboretum: Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday and Winter. At left: Best in Show "Serene Garden Waterfall" by Michael Borg.

Photographer's Clinics

The APS will be presenting a photographer's clinic on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. during the run of the show, where members of the APS will answer questions about photography.

Winners of the Juried Show

Image Title
Best in Show Michael Borg Serene Garden Waterfall
Gold Jason Boudreau-Landis Reflecting On Winter
Silver  Jill Bierbaum-Rice Mighty Owl
Bronze Jason Boudreau-Landis Home For The Summer
Selected Michael Borg Tulip Explosion
  Christopher Hall Crabapples At High Point
  Michael Borg Perfect Garden
  Gayle Fleming Sunday In The Park
  Lester Hughes-Seamans Japanese Garden
  Eric Wischmann Conservatory Orchid
  Joan Wallner Drops of Light
  Al Giencke Heart Of The Rose
  Christopher Hall Triple Play
  Mark Paulson Redbud Over Treehouse
  Sue Isaacson Lunch Interupted
  Jason Boudreau-Landis Hop in The Water Is Fine
  Eric Wischmann Hosta Textures
  Eric Wischmann Verdant Garden
  Michael Borg Zen Lantern
  Jason Boudreau-Landis Twilight At The Falls
  Marilyn Weber Autumn Glow
  Mark Paulson Red Barn and Silo
  Al Giencke Spring
  Gayle Fleming Autumn Dew
  Karen Blenker Let The Light Shine Through
  Michael Borg Winter Enclave




Chemicals Collide by Vince Traver

"Hidden Treasures: Affordable Art by Emerging Artists"
Nov. 3, 2016-Jan. 3, 2017

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a proud supporter of local emerging artists. Artists with promising talent are afforded the opportunity to introduce their work to a large audience.  With the help of the arboretum and its visitors, we can provide not only exposure, but also educational information and financial support to these emerging artists. The local artists featured in this show work in a variety of mediums and are eager to establish themselves in the Minnesota art scene.The artwork ranges from $100 to $300, making this original artwork affordable for the beginning collector or as a lovely Holiday gift. Each of the six artists will be displaying multiple pieces to showcase the broad spectrum of their portfolios. Above: "Chemicals Collide" by Vince Traver.


Featured Artists:

Katherine Lamm

Vanessa Merry

Catherine Palmer

Andy Tinkham

Heather Tinkham

Vince Traver



Hop In...The Water Is Fine

Above: "Hop In...The Water Is Fine" by Jason Boudreau-Landis, APS