Mary Solberg, “Après Swim,” (2016), mixed media.

MMAM to open two exhibitions in Jan.


The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona will open two exhibitions in January with local connections. Mary Solberg’s Water Portraits opens on January 7 and runs through May 20, 2018. Opening on January 12 and running through April 15, 2018, is Leo and Marilyn Smith: Retrospective. A public opening reception celebrating both exhibitions will be held on January 25 from 5-7 p.m.

Solberg is a Minneapolis-based, La Crosse-native painter whose bold, iconic figurative work is influenced by religious imagery, the great master artists, vintage postcards, and circus sideshow banners. She paints people and animals, living or dead, real or imagined, to venerate them on a more personal level. Solberg’s mixed-media paintings incorporate metal leaf, beeswax, acrylic, texture, gems, glitter and oil to create a portrait, which celebrates the sacredness in all. A new work, created for MMAM’s permanent collection through a grant awarded by the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, will be unveiled at the January 25 opening reception. A free gallery walk and talk with the artist will be held on Saturday, January 20, from 1-2 p.m.

Winona’s Leo and Marilyn Smith are best known for their colorful and whimsical sculptures of the people, flora, fauna, and history of the Upper Mississippi River region. Retrospective will feature works from MMAM’s collection as well as new works from the artist. Leo will lead a free gallery walk and talk on February 3 from 2-3 p.m.
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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 on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about MMAM is available at


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