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Tuesday - Saturday

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"Under the Watertower"

121 Second St. NW - Aitkin, MN 56431


"Celebrate the Visual Arts!"

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Our first ever Spring Tea will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 1 - 3. Celebrate spring time with our guest speaker, Janice Hasselius, Master Gardener. Limited seating so call us to reserve your place at the table.

Jaques Art Club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 1 - 3 p.m. Meet with like minded art people. Bring your current project or come just to talk and listen to others. "Art washes away from the soul the dust of
everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Snacks provided.

The Jaques Coloring Club meets every 3rd Thursday from 1 - 3 p.m. RELAX. RELIEVE STRESS. COLOR! Materials will be provided or bring your own. Refreshment will be served.

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‘Les Voyageurs - from Canoe to 

On April 15, the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Minnesota unveiled an 
anniversary art exhibit by artist/historian, Robert Perrizo.

It was 210 years ago that Lewis & Clark completed their ‘Corps of Discovery’ journey west which was commission by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803. This exploration concluded the Louisiana Purchase that made the United States whole in 1806. ‘Les Voyageurs - From Canoe  to Canvas’ documents this early Minnesota history and features more than 40 all new vibrant oils of wilderness scenes and explorers.

It covers the State’s 1660-1740 French period. The exhibit features highly researched portraits of early French explorers, including Radisson, Marquette, Duluth, and Hennepin who explored and claimed the Mississippi for French King Louis XIV. Perrizo also portrays the colorful French Voyageur fur traders and their Indian trade partners.

These two groups embraced each other’s cultures which eventually set the tone for the blending of mixed-blood peoples call the Metis nation in the New World. These colorful French Canadian canoe men were known for their red wool tasseled caps, deer-skin leggings secured to a waist belt, bare thighs, Indian breech cloth, plus deer skin moccasins. They also featured a colorful sash around their waists to protect them from ruptures when carrying two or more 90-pound packs of their backs during portages.

They navigated their eight-man, 36 foot canoes that carried up to four tons of trade goods, especially beaver hides, and supplies on the Great Lakes for rendezvous with with western Indians and wintering French voyageurs of Minnesota. Paintings include the establishing of the North West Fur Company at Grand Portage as the western Great Lakes terminus from Montreal in 1780.

All of this makes for a colorful display of voyageurs canoeing, portaging and singing around campfires during the evening respites.The exhibit illuminates the close participation the French had with the Indians, particularly the Dakota, in the storied horse and buffalo culture that emerged with the arrival of horses on the Great Plains.

The horse had been extinct in North America for 50,000 years.Then, in 1690 the Pueblo Indians ‘liberated’ horses from the Spanish conquistadores and in a few years over two million horses were running free on the Plains.The Dakota obtained steeds from the Mandan peoples and quickly transformed themselves into master horsemen. The French involvement with this era comes alive with Perrizo’s portrayal of the exciting evolution from plodding farmers to a wide-ranging, hard-riding, buffalo-hunting, Plains tribe.

 The exhibit will end on May 21.



PLEIN AIR forms are now available for the July 20 - July 23 competition and exhibition and sale (July 20 - August 6) :

2016 Plein Air Brochure
2016 Prospectus
2016 Registration Form

The judge for this year is Raleigh Kinney
(click here for biographical information as well as information about a watercolor workshop he will be conducting July 24-25)

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Please donate online with credit card to the Jaques Art Center by going to
the Give Minnesota Donation Center for the Jaques Art Center.

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

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