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Tuesday - Saturday

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Jaques Building

"Under the Watertower"

121 Second St. NW - Aitkin, MN 56431


"Celebrate the Visual Arts!"

For a listing of events for 2014, Calendar/Schedule (pdf).

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the Razoo Donation Center for the Jaques Art Center.

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PLEIN AIR - AITKIN  2014 - JULY 9 - 26 
Competition - July 9 - 12
Exhibition - July 9 - 26

This is Jaques Art Center’s 8th Annual Plein Air Competition and Exhibit.

Plein Air is the art of painting outside in the open air.  Painters paint in an impressionistic style.  Paintings are judged by a professional judge and plein air painter. At the Jaques over $1000 in cash money is awarded.

Schedule for the Jaques Plein Air

July 9 - Watch for artists painting within two blocks of of the stop lights - all directions - until 2 p.m.

July 10 - Quick Paint at the Fair Grounds between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Then Artists will paint anywhere in Aitkin County.

July 11 - Artists will paint anywhere in Aitkin County

July 12 - Public Reception and Awards Ceremony 1 - 3 at the Jaques Art Center

July 9 - 26  Exhibition and Art Sales in the Carnegie Gallery at the Jaques

first place 2013

Pictured is the 2013 1st place Plein Air winner by
Michele Combs entitled 'Holm's Farm'



    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.
  • The Riverwood Healthcare Team was the winner of the Jaques Charity Golf Tournament with a score of 59. Shown in the photo from left to right are Mike Eisenbaum, Chad Cooper, Mark Heggem and Josh Heggem. Thanks to all 18 teams who participated.

    golf winners 2014

    The response to this project has been tremendous! We have given out the last of our 370 canvases!  

    If you have one, be sure to complete your art and return it to the Jaques Art Center by July 19.  The canvases will be hung in a giant mosaic of community art from people of all ages and skill levels. 

    COME TO THE PUBLIC RECEPTION ON AUGUST 2 - NOON TO 3 to see all the wonderful art your friends and neighbors have created.  The reception is just before the RIVERBOAT DAYS PARADE.  FIND YOUR ART AMONG ALL THE OTHERS!  Have some lemonade, popcorn and cookies outside before the Riverboat Days Parade.

    community canvas 2014

    Pictured are a few examples of art that has come in for the Community Canvas Exhibit.  There will be 361 more!


    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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