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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 2014-2015, Calendar/Schedule (pdf).

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

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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Francis Lee Jaques- “The Shape of Nature”
September 11 – November 1st, 2014

In conjunction with the Bell Museum the Jaques will present an expanded selection of renowned wildlife artist and Aitkin County resident, Francis Lee Jaques. 

The Francis Lee Jaques: The Shape of Nature exhibit from the Bell Museum in Minneapolis will begin on Thursday, Sept.  11.

Both galleries will be filled with the magnificent art of our own hometown resident, Francis Lee Jaques.  At the opening ceremonies. Don Luce, Curator of Bell Museum Exhibitions, and Dr. Susan Weller, Director of the Bell Museum spoke about this extraordinary exhibit. 



The Community Canvas People's Choice Award goes DOUG FRADETTE of South Aitkin County !

Doug's 3D portrayal of a woodland cabin brought the most votes to win the People's Choice Award at the Community Canvas exhibit at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.  This 8" x 8" canvas brought a lot of attention from young and  old alike.  Doug has graciously donated it to our silent auction at the Harvest Dinner on October 4 to be used to raise funds for the art center. 

Thank you, Doug!
  Many other quality canvases will also be in the auction for bidding.

community canvas winner


Click here for the registration form for the 2015 Juried Nature Exhibit held January 9, 2015 thru February 14, 2015. Entry deadline is December 4th.

Art may be in any medium and the subject matter
must relate with this year’s chosen theme - “Lake Country’.
Public Reception & Awards -- Jan 10, 12 - 3 p.m.


The Harvest Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 4th at the 40 Club Convention Center.  Registration Forms are now available at the Jaques.  Stop in, call or email the Jaques for more information. Please support the Jaques Art Center and attend the “Fall Harvest Fair.”

The Art Center will remain open until 5 that day.  Make a night of it, come see the Jaques Exhibit: The Shape of Nature, then go to the 40 Club for fun, music and a delicious dinner.  Dance if you like to the toe-tapping, eclectic music of J-PAK. 



    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.

    October 4 - LET'S DRAW FRIENDLY MONSTERS! with Angie Barnhart 

    Bat wings and tentacles, slime and crazy eyes!  We'll have fun thinking outside the box to create some interesting characters.  You may even be inspired to use them on a Halloween card to you favorite person. 

    with Rachel Goble

  • FIRST DIBS LUNCHEON  You've been waiting and now it's time!
    The tickets for the Thursday, November 6.

    Get a 'sneak peek' at the Jaques Christmas Marketplace before it opens to the public on November 7.  11 a.m.

    Gourmet boxed lunch with all the trimmings from the Tuscany Room will be provided.  Tickets are only $12.Get tickets at the Art Center or call with your credit card number to 218-927-2363.
    Christmas Marketplace opens on November 7 with wonderful hand-crafted items an beautiful art you'll want to give as gifts.

    If you have items you  would like to present for sale, please call us or visit soon.  218-927-2363


    The Jaques has a kiln and it is going to be put to good use!
      Whether you are familiar with making things out of clay or if you have never done it - this is your chance.  This on-going class will be held every Tuesday and Saturday from 1-3 p.m. 

    Adele McDonnell will be at the Jaques to help you made frogs and dragonflies, 'Up North bowls, platters or large mosaics.  Come in and check out some of the things you can do.  There will be a $5 per session fee and additional charges for supplies and firing.  Call the Jaques for more information. 


    The original scratch board art by Francis Lee Jaques from Sigurd F. Olson's books, The Singing Wilderness and Listening Point are  on display for the first time ever in Aitkin and are on loan to the Jaques Art Center by The Listening Point Foundation, Inc. which is dedicated to preserving Listening Point and advancing Sigurd Olson’s legacy of wilderness education.

    “...wilderness begins where the road ends; and if the road never ends, there never will be any wilderness.”   Sigurd Olson, 1899-1982

    Those of us who love the serenity, wildness and unspoiled land in the northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters may be familiar with the nine books written by Sigurd Olson.  He was a Minnesota author, environmentalist/naturalist of the Quetico-Superior canoe country and advocate for the protection of the wilderness.  He was also a contemporary and friend of Francis Lee Jaques, internationally known wildlife artist and resident of Aitkin County Minnesota. 

    Jaques created scratch board illustrations for Olson’s books, ‘Listening Point’ and ‘The Singing Wilderness’.  Currently eight of these original works of art are on display in the Jaques Gallery at the Jaques Art Center.  The art is on loan to the Jaques by The Listening Point Foundation in Ely, Minnesota.

    The foundation is dedicated to preserving Olson’s cabin at Listening Point in the   BWCA and advancing Sigurd Olson’s legacy of wilderness preservation, appreciation and education. The Jaques Art Center invites the community to see these exceptional examples of Francis Lee Jaques work. 

  • Click here for information aboutpurchasing 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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