Current & Upcoming Events

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, July 02, 2015

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

Join us for a night in the private studios of our working artists from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Meet with painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers, wearable fiber and textile artists, glass blowers, furniture makers, pottery/ceramic artists and more.

Upcoming First Thursday in the Arts District dates:
July 2nd, 2015 l August 6th, 2015 l September 3rd
More about First Thursdays…

Here to There

Monday, April 13, 2015

Here to There photo

ICEBOX GALLERY presents “Here to There,” an exhibit of photographic images captured on road trips to Eastern SD by photographer, Howard M. Christopherson. Most of thirty-three images on display were taken over a 2 year period, Christopherson traveling numerous times to Lily, South Dakota, to conduct photography workshops, take time off to retreat on his own, and vacation with family and friends.

Artist Reception Saturday, May 16, 2015 l Opening 8-11 pm Exhibit Closes, August 22, 2015

More Than One: Excursions Into the Uncanny

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More Than One: Excursions Into the Uncanny photo

New Work by Danny Saathoff and Kelly Connole

June 6 – July 18, 2015

Artist Reception:
Saturday, June 20, 2015
7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Multiples, mechanicals and the magic of the uncanny will animate the Kolman & Pryor Gallery when assemblage and installation artists Danny Saathoff and Kelly Connole populate the gallery with new work. Groups, herds and flocks, including an installation of suspended zeppelin forms, will populate the gallery. Their placement will inspire visitors to migrate from one area to another, in an excursion that will elicit astonishment, discomfort, elation and awe.

Featured Artist

Mary Pettis

Mary Pettis

“What we discover when we go inward is our poetic response to life. Art connects us to our Source. It connects us with each other, with generations past, and with those who will see our paintings long after we are gone. When I paint, I truly feel the great relations among all things. Every subject becomes a metaphor. I forget to breathe. I will never lose sight of what a joy and privilege it is to be a painter.” ~ Mary Pettis

Mary Pettis is a classically trained artist who works mostly from life, using the Alla Prima or Direct Method of oil painting. Mary received a BFA in Art and in Humanities from the College of St. Benedict where she studied painting primarily with Hungarian artist Bela Petheo. She took advanced courses in Modern Composition and in Abstract Art at Mankato State University, and apprenticed 3 years directly with Richard Lack at the renowned Atelier Lack. She studied etching with the director of the Florence Academy of the Arts (Italy) C. Daniel Graves, and has taken workshops in plein air painting from many mentors, including Jim Wilcox, Zhang Wen Xin, Kevin Macpherson and Jove Wang . She has done extensive research abroad in art museums from China, Europe and Russia.

Melding the experiences in her life with her artistic influences have now resulted in an authentic and powerfully lyrical style. Mary combines technical proficiency with insight and sensitivity towards her subjects. Her art resonates with her deep connection to nature and her love of life and is reflected in hundreds of originals and thousands of reproductions and etchings.

Mary currently lives in the beautiful St. Croix National Scenic Riverway along the Wisconsin/Minnesota border with her husband Randy. Her paintings can be found in galleries along with private and corporate collections all around the world.


Manager Debbie Woodward Recieves the First “Vision Award”

Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Manager Debbie Woodward Recieves the First “Vision Award”

Recently, we celebrated the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District win the title as the #1 art district in the nation according to a USA TODAY 10Best poll. While at the party, our building manager Debbie Woodward received the first ever “Vision Award” from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Debbie has been working hard as building manager for eighteen years. She’s contributed so much to the building and community as a whole and we couldn’t be more proud of her.

Mary Pettis’ “Solitary” Chosen as a Finalist

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015

Mary Pettis’ “Solitary” Chosen as a Finalist

Congratulations to Northrup Kings own Mary Pettis! Her painting, “Solitary” was chosen as a finalist for the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.