The Smallest Art Gallery Classes Studio & Shop

118 2nd Street NW

Ortonville, MN 56278

www.thesmallestartgallery.com

Cell number: 320-226-8213

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About me:

My name is Kathleen Marihart. I have purchased and renovated a building in downtown Ortonville. This will be an exciting new art location for our region.  

The first half of my life I was an elementary school teacher, then after 25 years, I went back to school and received a Masters of Education and a Reading Recovery Certificate. I have been a Reading Recovery and Guided Reading teacher since 2003. My specialty is teaching reading strategies.


In addition to having a professional life, I have been a life long artist. I have taken many art classes.  I am a self taught artist who has explored all types of artistic expression over  my life-time. I have created everything from painting to quilting. Since 2011, I have participated in the Meander Art Crawl. I have displayed my art in the SMAC Region Juried Exhibit in Hutchinson, the Horizontal Grandeur in Morris, the K.K. Berge Art Gallery in Granite Falls, the Terrace Mill Wheeler Gallery in Terrace, as well as Java River in Montevideo, Java Jules in Ortonville and the Ortonville Courthouse. I am a SMAC grant recipient.

Both reading and art have been life long passions. On most occasions I will combine children’s literature and art together in the children’s classes.

I am very excited to offer a variety of adult and children’s art classes this coming summer. I am hosting a number of very talented artists from our region. They are offering a wide variety of classes. I look forward to having you in the classes! Please feel free to stop by the gallery and introduce yourself.

I am  delighted to be the owner of an art gallery in Ortonville!

April:

Book Shelf

Suggested book you may enjoy reading:







The End of the Beginning by Avi

This book is a winner of the Newbery Medal. The story is about a delightful adventure involving an ant and a snail. The End of the Beginning  also makes a wonderful gift for graduations and birthdays.

I have found that all books written by Avi to be superbly written.

Suggested reading grade level 2nd  and up.

The Smallest

Watercolor Flower

Painting Class


Dates and times to be announced


This entry level watercolor class is a great way to try watercolor for the first time or revisit the medium.

Students will be working with 140 pound cold press watercolor paper about the size of

3” x 4”. Students will be mixing colors and experimenting with pen work. Students will complete two watercolor cards, mount on card stock, and receive envelopes to complete the project. All supplies will be provided. Bring bottled water.


Age: 15 years and up

Number of students: 8

Cost: $39.00

Date:

Time:

Instructor: Kathleen Marihart



Note: This class will be offered several different days and times over the summer.











Sock Puppets From Dresser Draw to the Stage!

From dresser drawers to the stage, we will take our socks and make them come to life! Sock puppets are an easy and fun way to learn the basic skills involved in puppetry. We will spend our class time learning about puppets, making our own puppets, developing a play and scenery, rehearsing for and ending with our very own Sock Puppet Performance for the public. All the supplies needed for this project will be on hand, you need only to bring your imagination! Of course, if you have any socks that need “retiring” you are welcome to donate them to the cause if you like.

All supplies provided.

Age: 7 to 10 year olds

Number of students: 10 maximum / 5 minimum

Class fee: $55.00

Dates:

Time:

Preformance:

Instructor: Colleen Olson

Bring bottled water

Book Shelf

Suggested book you may enjoy reading:






Miss Rumphius Story and pictures by Barbara Cooney

It is a timeless classic book.

The illustrations are beautiful and the story is gentle.

This is a story of a women who when she was a girl her grandfather told her there were three things she must do when she grows up: travel to faraway places, live beside the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. As an adult Miss Rumphius does all the things her grandfather told her to do.

Suggested grade reading level: Kindergarten to 3rd grade.

Spirals, Snails, and Prepositions

Connecting Books, Language, and Art

Students will review and refresh themselves with prepositions by listening to books relating to the topic. Students will draw spirals and paint a pictures of a snails. Students will also review and draw other lines and shapes.

All supplies provided

Age: 5 - 10 years old

Number of students: 10 maximum

Date:

Time:

Instructor: Kathleen Marihart

Students may bring bottled water


A Couple of Trees and Some Adjectives

Connecting Books, Language, and Art

Students will use a couple of household items from the kitchen to manipulate the sky in their tree paintings. Students will review and refresh themselves with adjectives by listening to several books relating to the topic.

All supplies provided

Ages: 6 and up

Number of students: 10 maximum

Date:

Time:

Fee:

Instructor: Kathleen Marihart

Students may bring bottled water


That’s Good, Wow! That’s Bad, Yikes! Interjections

Connecting Books, Language, and Art

Students will be working with: resist, overlapping, crayons, tissue paper liquid watercolor and acrylic paint. Students will refresh and review themselves with interjections by listening to several books relating to the topic.

All supplies provided

Ages: 6 and up

Date:

Time:

Fee:

Instructor: Kathleen Marihart

Students my bring bottled water


Uh-oh, here comes trouble! Conjunctions

Students will review and refresh themselves with conjunctions and listen to books related to the topic. Students will work with a recycled paper bag, acrylic paint, color transition, splattered paint technique, and a little shadowing to help create dimension

All supplies provided

Ages: 5 years and up

Date:

Time:

Fee:

Instructor: Kathleen Marihart

Students my bring bottled water


Registration Guidelines:

Payments for class fees must be made in person at The Smallest Art Gallery at 118 2nd Street NW, Ortonville, MN.

Watch for the schedule in May for sign up days.

Register for classes early . Classes have a limited capacity and may fill up quickly.

If a class does not meet the minimum number of students it will be canceled and your fee returned.

Material fees are payable directly to the instructor at class. Do not include the material fee with the class tuition. Please have exact change for the instructor.

Students are responsible for helping cleaning up before class ends.

Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before class, instructors need preparation time.

Please pick up your child after class in a timely manner.

Please remember for safety reasons pick up and drop off your child on the same side of the street as the gallery. Do not allow your child to walk across the street unattended in traffic.


 


The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception

For Patti Holtquist

Saturday, April 7th

From 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.


Art Exhibit

April 7th through April 28th  

Patti Holtquist, a local oil painter from Big Stone City, South Dakota, will be the first artist of the 2018 season.  Patti’s work depicts rural life, landscapes, and wildlife.


Hope you will be able to join us in celebrating Patti’s beautiful images of prairie life and the launching of the new season.

Spring & Summer 2018

 Artist Receptions, Exhibits, and Classes

Gallery exhibits and class listings are being up-date.

Please check back for new schedule

Date and time to be announced for the Sock Puppets Class

May:

John White is a local photographer from the Ortonville, Minnesota area.

With 99 percent of the native prairie pothole biome converted to farmland and urban uses, John’s intent is to portray what remains of small remnants found in either native or restored native plantings in Western Minnesota. John’s images are made with natural lighting and are weighted toward an “Impressionist” style. His latest exhibition of work was entitled “Prairie Impressions” and was printed on stretched canvas, along with framed and unframed matted prints. 

      Please stop by and visit with

John White and enjoy his stunning exhibit!

June:

Jennifer Stone is an acclaimed artist from Watertown, South Dakota. She has been painting professionally for more than 20 years. Jennifer considers herself an intuitive painter and her singular style has earned her numerous awards and admirers. Her accolades include both state and national titles, with her work displayed in private and corporate collections internationally.


“I believe an artist needs to paint with intention,” she says. “But after a while, you need to listen to your intuitions and let your style speak.”  “My intention for the viewer is to be a participant and not just a spectator in my painting. The work Jennifer creates is typically abstract or non-representational, and reflects Jennifer’s unique style and interpretation.


An award winning artist, Jennifer has been painting for 25 years. Her expressions are primarily mixed media, and feature unconventional methods to enhance design, color, and texture.


Jennifer currently has attained signature status with SDWS (San Diego Watercolor Society) and RRWS (Red River Watercolor Society, Fargo, ND)




Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl

Saturday, June 9th 2018

9:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.

Kathleen Marihart and Corina Kells

will be located at The Smallest Art Gallery

The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception

For John White

Thursday, May 3rd

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Art Exhibit: Prairie Impressions

May 3rd through May 23rd

The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception

For Jennifer Stone

Wednesday, June 13th  

From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Art Exhibit:

June 13th to June 29th  


The Big Stone Arts Council, located in Ortonville, Minnesota is proud to announce

The Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl,

Saturday, June 9th 2018

 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


This art crawl will showcase a variety of art and artists from the Big Stone region. The artist will be on hand to meet with visitors and discuss their work. The Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl is an event where visitors can mingle, stroll, eat, and shop in Ortonville, Clinton Minnesota and

Big Stone City, South Dakota.


Some of the art showcased:

-Collage

-Wax encaustic

-Jewelry

-Fiber Art: Weaving and sewing

-Painting: Acrylic, Oils, Inks, Watercolor

-Drawing

-Printmaking

-Photography

-Metal Sculptures


Activities down by the lake at The Big Stone Art’s Water Plant Building:

-Art on display created by the youth in our community

-Art activities for children of all ages sponsored, supervised, and instructed by the Big Stone Arts Members.

-Music by Lee Kanten

 

Along with being a fun weekend it is also an opportunity to foster relationships between the arts community and the citizens of the surrounding area.



The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception

For Corina Kells

Wednesday, July 5th  

From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.


Art Exhibit:

July 5th to July 28th  



Corina Kells is a local photographer who specializes in expressive conceptual photography. She uses this artistic medium to capture complex emotions such as fear, sadness, confusion, and isolation. Her goal is to bring awareness to mental health issues and cultivate conversation. Corina graduated with a degree in photography from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota. Although, she specializes in expressive conceptual photography she is also known for her exceptional work in traditional portraits.

This summer, The Smallest Art Gallery has the privilege of offering two sewing classes for children taught by Tanya Lee. These classes are inspired by Wanda Gag’s sister’s book called Sue, Sew, and Sew. Tanya Lee is a Costume Shop Director at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, California. She teaches Historical Patterning and Costume Construction. In her free time, she free-lances for various theater, opera, and film companies throughout the nation.


Morning class for beginners: Sue, Sew, and Sew

Doll’s Clothing Design, Construction Class, with Basic Hand Sewing

This class will focus on basic pattern design, construction, and hand-sewing skills. Students will be taught how to design and sew doll clothing.

All supplies will be provided.

Students need to bring a doll (American Doll or a similar doll size).

Date: July 9th, July 10th, July 11th, and July 12th

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Class size: 10 students

Age: 6 years and up

Fee: $80.00


Afternoon beginner’s class with some sewing experience: Sue, Sew, and Sew

Doll’s clothing design, construction class, with basic hand and machine sewing

Students will be taught how to design and sew doll clothing. This class will have basic hand sewing and sewing machine skills to create a wardrobe for a doll.

All supplies will be provided.

Students need to bring a doll (American Doll or a similar doll size).


Date: July 9th July 10th, July 11th, July 12th

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Class size: 10 students

Age: 9 years and up

Fee: $80.00

Call for reservations:

Kathleen Marihart 320-226-8213


Artist Reception Stop by and meet and visit with the artist and see the student’s creation.


Date: Thursday, July 12th

Time: TBA




The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception

For Della Conroy

Monday, August 13th

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Art Exhibit:

August 13th to September 1st



A musician by training, Della Conroy has also found a place in the visual art world.

In building a collection of work that reflects her interest in the beauty found in Western Minnesota, she paints scenes depicting the grasses, trees, rivers and lakes found in that area.  She has a strong feeling for the prairie landscape which she enjoys exploring with different mediums.  Her soft but colorful landscapes exude peace, serenity, and calm.

Della often works in series, and is always interested in doing commission work for any project; home or business.  The works that she specializes in are watercolor and pastel landscapes, acrylic and oil abstracts, and watercolor on yupo paper which is a fairly new and very interesting technique.

 



Learn to sew  

your own doll clothing!

Accordion Book Making Class with Phyllis Joos

Awesome Adventure in Accordion Book Making

Phyllis Joos is a printmaker and book artist from Hancock, Minnesota. Phyllis will be giving a hands-on workshop in making accordion books. Participants will leave with handcrafted books and the skills to create more of their own.


All supplies provided

Instructor: Phyllis Joos

Class size: Maximum 10 / Minimum  5

Adult’s class information:

Age: 15 years and up

Monday, August 13th from 1:00 to 4:00

Fee: $75.00

Bring bottled water



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