Reedy Gallery

The Reedy Gallery, established through the generosity of Darwin and Geri Reedy, offers eclectic interpretations of nature's beauty, outdoor landscapes and scenes by talented, award-winning artists with roots in Minnesota. Works in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and other media add nature-inspired artistry to engage visitors in exploring the beauty and wonders of the outdoors at the Arboretum.

Subscribe to info on art exhibit openings, Meet the Artist and gallery events from curator Wendy DePaolis at depao008@umn.edu.

Typically, four to five fine art exhibits are presented each year, touching on seasonal themes and explorations. Informal tours are offered weekly by trained volunteer docents and staff. Often, artists talks and painting demonstrations are scheduled in the Great Hall or in the gardens to round out the exhibit. Reedy Gallery exhibits are open year-round during Visitor Center hours and are free with Arboretum admission. 

Art in the Reedy Gallery is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale directly benefitting the Arboretum as well as helping to support the local arts community.  Purchases can be made through the Arboretum Gift Store

The Arboretum is pleased to work with the local arts community in curating and organizing exhibits  Please contact arts curator, Wendy DePaolis at depao008@umn.edu if you are interested in showing your work as part of a future exhibit.

Current Exhibits

Current Exhibits

Conectado por la Naturaleza: Twin Cities Inspired Latinx Art

February 1 – March 29

Xavier Tavera ImageVisit the Reedy Gallery to view the first Latin-inspired exhibition at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Reedy Gallery. Featured artists Jessica Bortoni, Luis Fitch, and Xavier Tavera have each responded to the natural world around us in their own unique way. 

  • Bortoni explores through abstract and representational paintings. 
  • Fitch, a prominent contemporary artist, finds inspiration in the plant world using his impactful mixed-media prints.
  • International photographer and University of Minnesota instructor, Tavera, documents Native, Mexican, and South American trees found on the Arboretum grounds. 

Jessica Bortoni, Luis Fitch y Xavier Tavera presentan la primera exposición de inspiración Latina en el Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Reedy Gallery. Estos tres artistas han respondido al mundo natural que nos rodea de una manera única. Bortoni explora a través de pinturas abstractas y representativas, mientras que Luis Fitch, un destacado artista contemporáneo, se inspira en el mundo de la vegetación natural utilizando sus impactantes impresiones en técnica mixta. El fotógrafo internacional y el instructor de la Universidad de MN, Xavier Tavera, registra árboles nativos, mexicanos y sudamericanos encontrados en terrenos del Arboretum con un impacto sorprendente.


Please support the local artist community and the Arboretum by purchasing one of these treasures. A portion of proceeds from the exhibit benefits the Arboretum.

Upcoming Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibits

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Contemporary Avian Artists
April 7 – June 4, 2020 Reedy Gallery

Birds provide inspiration for Kim Russell and Emily Donovan, two contemporary artists featured in this exhibition. While inspired by ancient legacies in art, each uses wildly different techniques. Russell is influenced by indigenous imagery resulting in meticulous, highly stylized ink and acrylic drawings. Donovan’s natural hand-dyed paper is created through an exacting process shared by cultures around the world. Throughout her process, from foraging for raw materials to finished works of art, Donovan maintains a close connection to the land and sky. Both artists ensure the essence of their subjects remain in their finished work, rooted in a shared desire to provide a new perspective of our feathered friends.

Don’t miss these artists at Arboretum & Audubon: A Day of Birding Walks and Workshops on Sunday, May 17.

Emily Donovan demonstration: Perspectives of an Artist-Birder: Finding Color, Meaning & Connection, 12:45 p.m.

Kim Russell interactive talk: Seeing Birds through the Eyes of an Artist, 2 p.m.

***To attend these events visitors must register for the Audubon Birding Day event*** 

Click here to learn more and register today!

Don't miss adult art classes at the Arboretum! 

From beginner to advanced and everything in between. Painting, drawing, textile and jewelry are just some of the more than 50 classes offered each year at the Arb. Classes are designed to engage the creative part of your brain and build community. 

Click here to browse the complete list of classes.