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Currently On Display: May 2020

This exhibit is visible online or by car at night - illuminated by our gallery lights. 

In April, Great River Arts (GRA) kicked off a series of exhibits in our Front Gallery showcasing the fortitude, dedication, and humanity that is symbolic of our community - Morrison County population 32,880 people strong!

A few years ago, GRA partnered with a number of photographers to capture the heart of Morrison County. Every few weeks - over the next several months, staff will re-curate these images under special themes; designed to encourage our residents to remember that in these challenging times what it means to be "in community." 

 

Our community GROWS 

This time of year marks the beginning of a new season of growth. Our window display showcases the time honored tradition that connects to so many of our ancestors as cultivators, planters and growers. 

Morrison County has just under 20,000 acres of farmland, with the largest crop production in both corn and oats. According to the Census of Agriculture, as of 2012 the County had 1,957 farms - up from 2007 by five percent, with an average of 223 acres per farm. This brings a market a value of $112 million in crops and $318 million in livestock to the region. 

Although these numbers are impressive, farming is more than an economic powerhouse - it is a way of life that has it's roots in our culture for decades. It is because of the hard work and dedication of these land masters, that we not only have food on the table at home and in our restaurants, but also raw products that serve as the foundation of many local businesses. We thank you for being willing to rise early, get your hands dirty and for being willing to share your harvest with our community. 

 

Featured GRA Artists

A special thank you to our featured photographers currently on display at GRA: Doug Jenkins, Christina Johnson, Chuck Norwood and Amy Hanfler

Featured in the Community 

When looking into the Front Gallery window image title and artist listed below are from left to right.

  • Smudy's Sunflower Oil, Pierz MN by Christina Johnson ($150 large, $40 small)
  • Borgstrom's Home, Upsala MN by Amy Hanfler ($150)
  • Tractor with Richard "Butch" Schilling, Fort Ripley MN by Doug Jenkins ($150)
  • Richard "Butch" Schilling, Fort Ripley MN by Doug Jenkins ($200)
  • Bowlus Grain and Feed
  • Grain Elevator, Gelnola MN by Chuck Norwood ($150 large)
  • Grain Elevator Scales, Gelnola MN by Chuck Norwood ($40 small)
  • Zimny Century Farm, Royalton MN by Christina Johnson ($30 small)
  • Zimny Cenutry Farm, Royalton MN by Christina Johnson ($150 large)

This exhibit has been curated from GRA's archives. We seem to be missing a label noting the photographers for the Bowlus Feed and Grain. If you know their name, leave a message at 320-632-0960 or email us at info@greatart.org so staff can update this page. 

 

If you are interested in purchasing any of the images currently on display, contact our offices and a staff member can assist you. 

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