Artist at Pine Needles Gallery

Temporary exhibit | Level 4

Minnesota’s landscapes inspire art and science

Each year at the Pine Needles cabin on the St. Croix Watershed Research Station property, painters, writers, photographers, and artists explore where art and science meet in Minnesota’s environments.

Their work reveals new perspectives of familiar landscapes — the curving patterns of a river, flowing grasses in the wind, and even the glimmering sheen of a freshwater mollusk. Through words, pictures, and other mediums, the artists-in-residence tell stories of Minnesota’s changing landscapes, share their views with scientists to inspire new ways of thinking, and connect with local communities who share the same environment.

Work from last year’s artist-in-residence is now on display in the museum. Painter, muralist, and graphic artist Jim Grafsgaard used his interests in the natural sciences to create a kaleidoscopic masterpiece detailing the scenes of the St. Croix. Take in the varied and vibrant forms of life found along the banks through the expansive mural full of dynamic hues, contrasting shading, and intricate linework.