Reedy Gallery

The Reedy Gallery, established through the generosity of Darwin and Geri Reedy, offers eclectic interpretations of nature's beauty, outdoor landscapes and scenes by talented, award-winning artists with roots in Minnesota. Works in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and other media add nature-inspired artistry to engage visitors in exploring the beauty and wonders of the outdoors at the Arboretum.

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Typically, four to five fine art exhibits are presented each year, touching on seasonal themes and explorations. Informal tours are offered weekly by trained volunteer docents and staff. Often, artists talks and painting demonstrations are scheduled in the Great Hall or in the gardens to round out the exhibit. Reedy Gallery exhibits are open year-round during Visitor Center hours and are free with Arboretum admission. 

Art in the Reedy Gallery is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale directly benefitting the Arboretum as well as helping to support the local arts community.  Purchases can be made through the Arboretum Gift Store

Current Exhibit

Breakout Creations: DASKARONE - Art of Graffiti

January 14 - March 14, 2021

We are proud to announce a solo exhibition of Peyton Scott Russell (aka Sprayfinger). 

Peyton became the first “graffiti artist” in Minneapolis creating multiple graffiti murals while celebrating graffiti art and culture.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about graffiti as a fine art form, movement, source of communication and enhancement to communities. You will enjoy his vibrant imagery reflecting his fine art training fused with societal and personal reflections.

Click here to view the exhibit catalog.


Related Class at the Arboretum 

If you’d like to make your own graffiti art, consider joining Peyton at the Arboretum in Fall 2021 for an eight-week series specifically designed for students 60+. This program, supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council designed for beginners, will allow students to integrate elements of the Arboretum grounds and natural environment into their own art pieces as they practice a variety of art-making techniques including traditional art elements and design principles. Click here to find more information and to register.

Upcoming Exhibits

Chroma Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show 
March 18 to April 15, 2021We invite you to awaken your senses and explore the juried exhibit Chroma. The Minnesota Watercolor Society’s spring show will showcase some of the best watercolor artists in the area. Discover how layers and intensity of color play a role in bringing an artist’s inspiration to fruition. See how color can inspire you! This annual spring juried show will be judged by artist and Professor Carl Oltvedt.


Birds of a Feather: Contemporary Avian Artists
April 20 to June 14, 2021

Birds provide inspiration for Kim Russell and Emily Donovan, the two contemporary artists featured in this exhibition. While inspired by ancient legacies in art, each uses wildly different techniques. Russell is influenced by indigenous imagery resulting in meticulous, highly stylized ink and acrylic drawings. Donovan’s natural hand-dyed paper is created through an exacting process shared by cultures around the world. Throughout her processes, from foraging for raw materials to finished works of art, Donovan maintains a close connection to the land and sky. Both artists ensure the essence of their subjects remain in their finished work, rooted in a shared desire to provide a new perspective of our feathered friends.

Emily Donovan and Kim Russell

Exhibiting Artist Talks Online

Kim Russell: Seeing Birds through the Eyes of an Artist

Saturday, May 8 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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Emily Donovan: Perspectives of an Artist-Birder - Finding Color, Meaning & Connection

Saturday, June 12 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
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Show Your Work

The Arboretum is pleased to work with the local arts community in curating and organizing exhibits  Please contact arts curator, Wendy DePaolis at if you are interested in showing your work as part of a future exhibit.

Sign-up for an Adult Art Class

From beginner to advanced and everything in between. Painting, drawing, textile and jewelry are just some of the more than 50 classes offered each year at the Arb. Classes are designed to engage the creative part of your brain and build community. 

Click here to browse the complete list of classes.