“Minnesota Landmarks for Minnesota Landmarks”
The “Outdoor Painters of Minnesota” (plein air painters) present a juried collection of original paintings depicting notable state landmarks in celebration of Minnesota Landmarks, Inc.’s 50th anniversary. “Minnesota Landmarks for Minnesota Landmarks” is Landmark Center’s Summer Art Program and will run from June 18 through the end of August in Landmark Center’s North Gallery and online.
The plein air art collective came up with the idea of painting landmarks
around the state, in celebration of their host’s 50th anniversary. In 1970, a group of determined citizens successfully rallied to save the “Old Federal Courts Building” from the wrecking ball, then formed a nonprofit, Minnesota Landmarks, Inc. to raise the money for its subsequent restoration and re-purposing into a community cultural center and home for the arts. Today, Minnesota Landmarks, Inc. continues as the non-profit management and programming agency for Landmark Center. The beautiful art by the plein air painters celebrates landmarks throughout our state, with love for all – but one, in particular.