Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. This treasured national park, which includes the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, was born in 1968 with the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. The Riverway, with its clean water, wooded bluffs, abundant wildlife, and unique rock formations, was one of the original eight Wild & Scenic Rivers, and the only one to be named a national park.
The St. Croix and Namekagon rivers are something to celebrate. The Riverway provides rich recreational opportunities – camping, paddling, fishing, boating, birdwatching, hiking – amid breathtaking scenic vistas. The rivers flow through the lives of local people and visitors alike, providing an escape from modern civilization.
For this juried exhibit, artists were encouraged to submit work that expresses the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.
Northern Clay Center Exhibit – Atrium Gallery
For the past six years The Phipps and Northern Clay Center have partnered on a series of exhibits and demonstration workshops titled “Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley” aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists living and working throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed.
This exhibit features nearly all of the ceramic artists who have participated in this exciting program. They are: Casey Beck, Lisa Buck, Guillermo Cuellar, Andrea Leila Denecke, Nick Earl, Willem Gebben, Peter Jadoonath, Ani Kasten, Mark Lusardi, Wendy Olson, S.C. Rolf, Emily Romens, Joe Samuelson, and Marjorie Wade. See the work of these talented artists in this document.
Craig Blacklock Photo exhibit in Lobby and Gallery One
The exhibit, “Looking Downstream” is from the book: ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift
“My river explorations were not limited to kayaking and hiking. I first “traveled” most of the river system via online satellite photos, selecting locations I felt would make interesting aerial photographs.
I teamed up with friend and colleague Jon Smithers to do the drone photography for this book. Jon flew his drone and operated the camera while I art directed, viewing the images on a tablet. After our first series of trips along the Scenic Riverway, we had confirmed the locations with the most photogenic islands and meanders. Over the next few seasons we returned to those sites, most often at sunrise, when fog might be rising from the rivers.
Over the course of working on the rivers for more than two years, I returned to kayak my favorite stretches many times.
I began to anticipate what was coming around the next bend and recognize particular trees or rock outcrops as familiar friends. I had gained an expanded awareness of the watershed I live in, and a deep gratitude to Northern States Power and the National Park Service for their stewardship of this incredible landscape.”
TOMBEAUX, an interactive historical experience by Dave Beck – Overlook Gallery
TOMBEAUX will be debuted and exhibited in the Overlook Gallery. The artist’s game will be playable, and the exhibit will also feature research imagery and 3D-modeled objects from the game.
Juried Exhibit – Riverview Gallery and Galleries Two and Three
This exhibit features the work from 50 local and regional artists featured in this document.
Participating artists: Gloria Adrian, Andrew Amundsen, Susan Armington, Margy Jean Balwierz, Casey Beck, Barbara Riegel Bend, Taylor Berman, Amanda Bierbaum, Lynnette Black, Rachel Cain, Barbara Casey, Mike Chrun, Guillermo Cuellar, Wynn Davis, Andrea Denecke, Jane Dierberger, Diane Gamm, Dianne Ginsberg, John Grancorvitz, Joseph Haid, Ted Hansen, Marty Harris, Annie Hejny, Alan Honn, Jon Kamrath, Steve King, Ken Krautbauer, Wendy Lacska, Rebecca Latham, Kathleen Lauerer, Dale Lewis, David Luke, Tom Maakestad, Michaela Mahady, Kami Mendlik, George G.I. Moore, Thomas Niedenfuer, Gary Noren with Marty Harding, Carol Patt, John Pearson, Lois Peterson, Bonnie Ploger, Jean Singer, Lana Sjoberg, Michael Slagle, Brian Stewart, Laura Tiede, Naomi Tiry Salgado, Paul Winger, and Vera Ming Wong.