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Don't Miss These Artful Summer Outings
“The Art of Leon Hushcha: Balancing Act”

Don't Miss These Artful Summer Outings

Introduce your clients to a taste of visual art on a local museum or gallery tour.

Whether your out-of-town clients are passionate art aficionados or casual admirers, what better way to introduce them to Minnesota—land of more than 500 art museums and other cultural sites—than with an excursion to a current exhibition? As you tour the galleries, note that Minnesota museums contribute more than $50 million annually to the state’s economy and attract more than 10 million annual visitors—twice as many as our local professional sports teams combined. Now that’s passion!

Minnesota Museum of Marine Art

On a sunny summer day, a drive along the Mississippi River to the historic town of Winona is always a fine idea. Housed in a renovated brick building overlooking the river, the 12-year-old Minnesota Museum of Marine Art features a highly personal collection of major works by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet, Gauguin, Andrew Wyeth and other artists. Also on view is “Selections from the Collections,” an exhibition of recently acquired pieces, plus paintings and artifacts not usually on display. Through September 27, mmam.org

Soeffker Gallery

A hidden gem in the firmament of Twin Cities museums, the Soeffker Gallery at Hamline University in St. Paul will surprise and delight anyone who appreciates fine art. Situated in the Drew Fine Arts Center, the 900-square-foot museum is home to Hamline’s permanent collection, which includes priceless works by Warhol, DeKooning, Picasso and Goya. The gallery also celebrates the work of visiting visual artists and graduating seniors in Hamline’s art history and studio arts programs. hamline.edu

The Museum of Russian Art

Housed in a 1935 Spanish Colonial Revival church revived in 2004 by Snow Kreilich Architects, the Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America dedicated to the art of Russia and its neighboring countries—hence the current exhibition by Leon Hushcha, a Minneapolis-based painter of Ukrainian descent. Filled with bold, bright colors and fascinating juxtapositions, “The Art of Leon Hushcha: Balancing Act” recalls the work of Matisse, Paul Klee and Picasso. Through September 1, tmora.org

Weisman Art Museum

If your clients are Prince fans—or simply fascinated by the phenomenon of the Purple One—take them to see “Prince From Minneapolis” at the Weisman Art Museum, an architectural landmark designed by Frank Gehry and a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. The exhibition, which includes images of Prince by numerous photographers, as well as other works of art, explores and celebrates the place that Prince Rogers Nelson proudly called home. Through June 17, wam.umn.edu


More Galleries on the Go

Lowry Hill
Groveland Gallery:
Contemporary and other art by Midwestern artists, grovelandgallery.com

North Loop
Circa Gallery:
Abstract and contemporary art, circagallery.org

Lyn-Lake
Soo Visual Arts Center:
Art by emerging Minnesota artists and other new talents, soovac.org

Swede Hollow
The Gordon Parks Gallery:
Art by emerging and established artists of diverse cultures and ethnicities, metrostate.edu

Wayzata
Burnet Fine Art & Advisory:
Art by local, national and international artists, burnetart.com