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July 1 - August 28, 2021

"2021 Juried Show"

Creating, Coping and Surviving: An Artist's Reflection

2020 to the present day will be remembered as a noteworthy period in our modern history - riddled with paradoxes of hurt and hope; fear and love; struggle and growth. Great River Arts (GRA) wanted to curate an exhibit that would embody art - whether it was created because of COVID; marked by social distancing; the idea of masking up or taking down barriers in the community. The “2021 Juried Show” embodies creative pieces from Minnesota artists reflecting how they coped, thrived or survived - opening July 1, 2021.


Little Falls, Minnesota: July 2, 2021

GRA's Visual Arts Committee (VAC) reviewed almost 100 submissions and carefully curated the “2021 Juried Show;” featuring the work of 36 Minnesota artists. Stop by GRA to walk through the galleries, which boast 72 pieces of art currently on display through August 28. 

    • View the complete exhibit online.
    • 2021 Juried Show Winners by Category:
      • First Place: Two-dimensional artwork - Laura Ruprecht, Resilience
      • First Place: Three-dimensional artwork - Samuel Joseph Zimmerman, Away
      • First Place: Photography - John Beaudine, Tastee-Freez
      • Best in Show: Bev Gold, Change, Hope and Endurance - Monarch Butterflies.

    Artwork in the foreground by Hannah Moller (left) and Lisa Truax (right). 
    Artwork in the background by Kenneth Ferber.


    Artwork by Renee Zeleny

    Artwork in the foreground by Renee Zeleny.
    Artwork in the background by Kathy Braud.


    Artwork by Samuel Joseph Zimmerman

    Artwork in the foreground by Samuel Joseph Zimmerman.
    Artwork in the background by  Jana Tonsfeldt.


    Artwork by Kaya Inkster

    Artwork in the foreground is by Kaya Inkster.
    Artwork in the background by various artists.

    GRA's 2021 Juried Show Event Sponsor

    Wonderlich Law Office


    This exhibit was made possible by...

    GRA's Visual Arts Committee 

    Randy Asseln, Photographer
    Kathy Braud, Watercolorist
    Bev Gold, Painter
    Kerry Kupferschmidt, Watercolorist 
    Scott Wonderlich, Art Patron


      Juried Show, Category Judges

      Tony Armagost, Creative Business Entrepreneur
      Charles Gilbert Kapsner, Renowned Painter
      Cathy Tordsen, Gifted Artist and Teacher


        A special thank you to Zoe Back and Carlie Mertens who spent hours meticulously placing and installing the incredible artwork.



        Wednesday through Friday, 11 - 6 PM. and on Saturday from 10 - 2 PM
        122 First Street SE in the historic downtown Little Falls

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