This fall, two art exhibits will feature work by artists who participated in the St. Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s unique Artist at Pine Needles Program. Since 2002, 27 artists and writers have taken part in the residency program, which explores connections between science and art.
The Research Station invites artists or writers to spend two to four weeks at the historic cabin perched on the river banks near Marine on St. Croix. Participants can “immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials, and interact with environmental scientists and the local community.”
St. Croix Riverway Visitor Center
The first show opens this weekend at the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls. It is open to the public everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 7.
The show will feature 25 pieces of artwork, including “paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber art, collages and sculpture which were created during or after the artists’ stay along the St. Croix River.”
Included in the show will be works by Kathleen Heideman, who stayed at Pine Needles in 2008. Visit her website to see the featured painting and poem that will be on display in the exhibit. More photos and samples of her work from her residency are available at this link.
The St. Croix River Visitor Center is located at 401 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. For additional information, call (715) 483-2274 or visit this link.
University of Minnesota
Photographer David Luke was a Pine Needles resident in the summer of 2011. He produced a collection of work titled “Food and Water,” which he says consists of works “representing food, in the form of agricultural landscapes, and water, in the form of the St. Croix River.”
Luke is participating in a two-artist show this October and November at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus. The show runs October 11 to November 30, with an opening reception on October 19.