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

Current Exhibit

Artists Rx: Responses During Covid-19
October 15, 2020 – January 6, 2021

With audiences isolating at home, venues shuttered and events canceled the pandemic ushered in an eerie, unprecedented time. However, this did not stop artists from creating. The artworks in this exhibition – many rooted in nature, others finding inspiration from the built environment – are joined by the desire to find connection and joy often amidst isolation and fear.

The Reedy Gallery is happy to host these contemporary Minnesota artists Mary Calengor, Susan Davies, Leanne Hanson, Katy Noun and Darren Terpstra in a compelling show that brings hope through the profoundly human act of creating.

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Upcoming Exhibit

Breakout Creations: The Graffiti Art of Peyton Scott Russell

January 14 - February 28, 2021

We are proud to announce a solo exhibition of Peyton Scott Russell (aka Sprayfinger). 

Peyton became the first “graffiti artist” in Minneapolis creating multiple graffiti murals while celebrating graffiti art and culture.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about graffiti as a fine art form, movement, source of communication and enhancement to communities. You will enjoy his vibrant imagery reflecting his fine art training fused with societal and personal reflections.

Related Class at the Arboretum 

If you’d like to make your own graffiti art, consider joining Peyton at the Arboretum in Fall 2021 for an eight-week series specifically designed for students 60+.  This program, supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council designed for beginners, will allow students to integrate elements of the Arboretum grounds and natural environment into their own art pieces as they practice a variety of art-making techniques including traditional art elements and design principles.

Fall of 2021 will bring a fascinating opportunity for 60+ participants to join Peyton over several weeks as you this fun eight-week series will introduce you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to graffiti/street art! No experience is necessary...in fact, no experience is preferred! If you feel like you have untapped creative potential and want to harness your creative voice together with similar people, this series is for you! Learn about the history and aesthetics of graffiti as you develop your aerosol arts skills. Integrate elements of the Arboretum grounds and natural environment into your art pieces. Practice a variety of art-making techniques including traditional art elements and design principles.

Show Your Work

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.

Sign-up for an Adult Art Class

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.