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Open 11:00 - 4:00
Tuesday - Saturday

Admission is Always FREE

Jaques Building

"Under the Watertower"

121 Second St. NW - Aitkin, MN 56431


"Celebrate the Visual Arts!"

For a listing of events for 2015, Calendar/Schedule (pdf)

Mary Pettis 'Time Stands Still'

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The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin is proud and excited to present an exhibit entitled ‘TIME STANDS STILL’ by talented oil painter, Mary Pettis. Mary’s work is highly sought after by art collectors and connoisseurs worldwide. Mary was our 2014 Plein Air-Aitkin! judge. We thank Mary for making this show available to us here in Aitkin. Please come to the artist’s reception and meet Mary in person on August 22, 2015 from 12 - 3 p.m.

Mary Pettis is an American artist creating elegant, classic traditional oil painting. Mary has been juried into and won awards in national painting events and exhibitions from New York City to Scottsdale and Maui.

Her art has taken her to far corners in China, Russia, and much of Europe and she has exhibited at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Mary is recognized as an eloquent and respected speaker, teacher and mentor, teaching in the Upper Midwest, Tuscany, Venice, France, and Hawaii.

Recently, Mary’s paintings were selected for the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, the America Impressionist Society’s National Juried Exhibition and for the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon, both in 2014 and 2015. In addition she was a finalist in the RayMar Fine Art Competition and the FASO BoldBrush Painting Contest.

Mary lives along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota. Her work can be seen on her website at www.marypettis.com along with her studio gallery in The Northrup King Building (Minneapolis), in Hawaii at Palms Gallery (Kauai) and the Village Galleries (Maui).



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    Kaleidoscope is held the first Saturday of the month - 10 - 11:30 am (except when conflicting with a holiday) and is open to children and adults alike who want to dabble in various, fun art projects.

    September 25, Saturday, 10-11:30
    'Harry Potter & the Magical Oven'
    a class for kids of all ages.

    By combining drawing and printmaking techniques, students will create one-of-a-kind Monotype Prints and Jewelry. Using 'Shrinkable' plastic, images are drawn on this special plastic plate and a print is lifted. The, through the 'Magic' of shrink art and a toaster oven, the plastic plate shrinks into a pendant or pin.
    Edwin Leary, instructor
    Cost is $10.  Scholarships are always available and freely given.  Call us!


  • Next Year our Theme for the Annual Juried Show will be 'Wondrous World' so that just about covers anything and everything doesn't it?  So get started on your art! You have until next December to complete it - no excuses!

  • Click here to view the video now showing, advertising the Jaques at the Rialto Theater in Aitkin. (Hit the play button if the video does not start automatically)

    Become a Member of the Jaques. A PDF is now available to print off and send or bring in to the Jaques. Click here or go to the link in the menu on the right. Our members make us who we are. We can't thank them enough!
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  • Information about purchasing a patio block at the Jaques with your name or in honor or memory of a friend or loved one

  • General exhibit entry form. Also available at the Jaques Art Center.

'Passing of the Old West'
by F.L. Jaques

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