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Squire House Gardens is pleased to present a group exhibition of six local Minnesota artists whose work is inspired by graceful interpretation of the living world. This year’s annual spring show, entitled “Life Here,” will run from March 11 to March 26, 2017. Portraits, scenes and pieces in watercolor or oil ranging in size from small to large will be available for purchase at affordable prices.

“When we take time to remember our connection to the living world, we are refreshed, enlightened.” said owner Martin Stern. "Viewing art, like visiting a garden, helps us slow down and appreciate life, here and now. We invite you to come to Afton and visit our wonderful collection of art.”

On Saturday, March 11 from 5-8 p.m. the public is invited to attend an artists’ reception, featuring complimentary beverages, appetizers and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Squire House Gardens is located at 3390 St. Croix Trail South in an 1870’s historic home in the heart of the village of Afton, MN. Gift shop hours during the Art Show are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.  

To visit, go east of the Twin Cities on I­94 to Exit 258 and go south 4.7 miles. For more information, visit or call 651-436-8080.

Participating Artists Include:

Kristin Grevich, Medina, MN - Since returning to painting as a full-time occupation in 2003, Kristin’s vibrant depictions of people and nature have earned her multiple honors and recognition in regional juried shows. 

Derk Hansen, Afton, MN - Derk is known for his globe-trotting adventures ––a life which most people only dream about— and by collectors around the world for his limited edition prints and plates of wildlife and nature scenes. 

Ruth Oseid Johnson, Minneapolis, MN - Returning to her Minnesota roots as a painter and printmaker, Ruth’s work focuses on the effects of light in interior settings and landscapes along with the subtle interactions between people and their environments.

Jeanne Long, Minneapolis, MN - An active exhibitor with honors for over 20 years, Jeanne is drawn to the beautiful and mystical in her work, and her subject is often inspired by the surroundings in her own Minneapolis neighborhood.

Richard MeacockAfton, MN - Richard believes inspiration can be found in a rustic field as well as in a classic English perennial garden, and when he’s not painting landscapes, he can be found teaching at Mounds Park Academy in Maplewood, MN.

Mary Jo Van Dell, Stillwater, MN - Mary Jo Van Dell finds inspiration in the wilderness of northern Minnesota and beyond, and her uncluttered and quiet work has gained her a strong following including places in the permanent collections of the Minnesota Historical Society and the National Park System.

The Details
March 11-26, 2017; Tue-Sat 11-5pm; Sundays Noon-5pm