Opening on April 7 and running through June 18, 2017, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum is “Watershed Cairns: Water Marked with Art, Photography by Joshua Rowan and Glass Cairns by Libby Reuter.” St. Louis, Mo., artists Rowan and Reuter create images that draw attention to places where the land is collecting the water, cleaning and conducting it to streams, and, ultimately, to major lifeline rivers. Believing it is art’s role to make the invisible visible, and that there is no more important resource for the future than clean water, Reuter and Rowan set out to mark little known waterscapes with fragile glass cairns where one can see the watershed at work or where the natural streams have been harmed or buried. After taking photographs the artists remove the cairns and leave the landscape as they found it. By exhibiting these powerful images, the artists aim for “watershedification” — a broad public understanding of the watershed’s importance. This exhibition will include 35 large print photographs, many from the upper-Mississippi, and seven delicate glass cairns.
Rowan and Reuter will be on hand to celebrate the opening of the exhibition at a special artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and musical entertainment provided by Jake Ilika. The reception is free for members and students and $10 for all others. The following day, on Saturday, April 8, from 2-3 p.m., Rowan and Reuter will lead a Gallery Walk & Talk through the exhibition, sharing their processes and inspirations for “Watershed Cairns.” The Walk & Talk is free thanks to the generous support of Ernest and Sally Micek in memory of W.B. “Bill” Gautsch. Call 507-474-6626 to register.
This exhibition is made possible through sponsorship from Mid West Music Fest and media sponsor Wisconsin Public Radio.
There is always something new to experience at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, a nonprofit art museum that engages visitors in meaningful visual art experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water. It is located at 800 Riverview Drive in Winona and is surrounded by acres of native prairie gardens along the Mississippi River. Gallery and MMAM Store hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the museum is available at www.mmam.org.