Two Harbors, MN -- March 3, 2013 --- The goal of the Voyageur Art Club is to reach out to the Community, encouraging them to be aware of the beauty surrounding all of us. There is great joy in expressing beauty. The Art Club members also strive for perfection in individual chosen art form. Many artists in the group have painted their way to prominence in the local community and beyond.
The Voyageur Artists hope others are inspired to pick up a brush and express themselves,
and join the Club.
Val Doherty, owner of Waterfront Gallery, looks forward to the 2013 Annual Spring Exhibit of the Voyageur Art Club members new works; watercolor, oil, and mixed media paintings as well as ceramics, sculpture, and other objects of art. The public is invited to meet these gifted local and regional artists.
Meet these gifted local and regional artists! Watercolor, oil, and mixed media paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and other objects of art.
The Voyageur Artists had a very humble beginning. Eight people took an art course offered by UMD at the local high school. They continued to meet in each other's homes while painting, helping, and critiquing each other's work. Vi Olson was a member of that group. Vi and her husband, Werner, took a trip out East and visited many art galleries. They especially remembered the old home that displayed the artwork of local artists. Werner mentioned his wife's desire to have a gallery in Two Harbors to the President of the First National Bank, and the Paramount Building was offered to them. The small group met and formed the first Voyageur Art Club and elected Fanny Riley as their first president. It took 3 months to clean up the Paramount Building. Werner Olson and Pete Ledeen sold salvaged copper for $50, and each member contributed $5. The amount they put together paid for the materials and the insurance. The Club organization is a culmination of hard work and a dream
The Voyageur Artists opened their first display to the public on June 30, 1964, with 46 exhibitors, 200 paintings, and over 400 visitors the first day. After two summers in the original building they moved into a succession of other buildings in the city, cleaning most of them and working very hard to keep their artwork in a presentable atmosphere.
In 1994 the Club moved into the current location, the Art Center located next to Depot and adjacent to the Sr. Workshop on 516 South Avenue in Two Harbors. Regular meetings are held in the afternoons of the 3rd Monday of each month at the Art Center September through May. The Art Center is open with a summer schedule of exhibits and sales from mid-June to the last weekend in September with typical hours of 10AM to 2PM on Fridays/Saturdays, and noon to 3PM on Sundays.
The Voyageur Art Club awards scholarships to High School Students who are pursuing degrees in the Fine Arts. They sponsor workshops and demonstrations with classroom teachers. All Art Center meetings and workshops are open to the public.
Voyageur Art Club Exhibit and Opening at Waterfront Gallery
Artist Reception on Saturday April 13, 3:00 - 5:00PM at Waterfront Gallery
Exhibit Dates: April 13 to June 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday April 13, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
This event is free and open to the public.