The Smallest Art Gallery Classes Studio & Shop

118 2nd Street NW

Ortonville, MN 56278

Cell number: 320-226-8213

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Spring & Summer 2019

 Artist Receptions, Exhibits, and Classes

Please Note: the gallery exhibits and class listings are being up-dated.

Please check back for the new schedule. Almost done up-dating.


The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception


Joelie Hicks

Saturday, May 11th 2019

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

Art Exhibit:

May 11th through May 31st 2019

Joelie Hicks is an artist from Milbank, South Dakota. She is a lifelong artist. Her artistic talents earned her a scholarship to attend weekend art classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design during her junior and senior years of high school. Joelie enjoys drawing a wide variety of subjects, but her main focus is of people and especially faces. She is a prolific artist, is part of online art group, meets weekly with the Whetstone Valley Artists, and attends the watercolor workshops at the Blue Cloud Abbey. Joelie works in a variety of art mediums such as oils, and watercolors as well as pencil.

 Please stop by and visit with

Joelie Hicks and enjoy her stunning exhibit!


Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl

Saturday, June 8th 2019

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

Kathleen Marihart

will be located at The Smallest Art Gallery

The 2nd Annual 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:


-Wax encaustic


-Fiber Art: Weaving and sewing

-Painting: Acrylic, Oils, Inks, Watercolor




-Metal Sculptures

Art Demonstration at The Smallest Art Gallery:

-Artist Barbara Hoffman will be doing a talk/demonstration of her art process of Cold Wax, Saturday, June 8th. Time to be announced.

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


Barbara Hoffman

Monday, June 10th  

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

Art Exhibit:

June 10th to June 28th  

The Smallest Art Gallery is honored

to showcase

Barbara Hoffman,

from Kentwood, Michigan.

Barbara is an abstract artist. Her work is intuitive. To compose her paintings, Barbara imagines the elements of landscape. She experiments with pattern, texture, and color to communicate the beauty, joy, and emotions from her initial observations. Barbara uses cumulative layers of paint on a flat surface. These layers create a foundation which is eventually covered.  The emerging patterns direct the final outcome. The end result of her process in strikingly beautiful art!

Barbara Hoffman will be doing a demonstration of her art process

Saturday, June 8th during the

2nd Annual Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl.

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, Minnesota!


The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

 Kristin Mogen

An Advide Quilter

Wednesday, July 5th  

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

Art Exhibit:

July 5th to July 28th  


The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception


Kristin Peterson

Tuesday, August 13th

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

Art Exhibit:

August 13th to September 6th

Accordion Book Making Class with Phyllis Joos

Gallery exhibits and class listings are being up-date.

Please check back for new schedule

Faces can be intimidating…

In this one day class Kristin will show you how to use a variety of materials and techniques to begin creating faces. We will walk through what makes a good face with face warms-up in pencil and pen to get us loosened up and then, work our way into using paint, watercolor, acrylics and collage; all the while being mindful of our color palette. We will explore different substrates while we work and push our boundaries. And finally, we will also dabble with image transfer to assist creating our mixed-media faces. This workshop will not be a traditional “how to paint a face” class; but will be, a gentle space of creativity and kindness.

Class price: $125.00

All supplies will be provided. Student will leave with a bound art journal to continue to explore and draw after the class.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2019 starting at 9am-3pm

Location: The Smallest Art Gallery, 118 2nd Street NW, Ortonville, MN 56278

Kristin Peterson is a mixed media artist originally from SD now residing in MN. She has been previously published in books and magazines, with the most recent publication being Stampington Art Journaling in October, 2016 for her journal of faces.

Kristin Peterson is a third generation artist, originally from South Dakota, now residing in Luverne, Minnesota.
Kristin is always exploring and expanding the creative depths of acrylic paint. She enjoys working with vintage collage and mixed media. Her paintings contain a vibrancy mixed with a little funk, which is sprinkled with discreet sensibility. Kristin hopes that her art projects joy! Her style is meant to make you ponder and smile, just as she does as she paints and creates.

Kristin has had her art work published in both books and magazines. There are far too many publications to list them all. But to give you a sense of the way her work has been received here are a number of her publications:

-Incite 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

-Acrylic artist 2014

-Cloth Paper Scissors Nov/Dec 2014 issue 57 (Kristin’s art work was featured on the cover)

-Artist Journal Pages 2015

-Art Journaling Oct/Nov/Dec 2106

-Abstract Painting 2017

Coming up in 2019:

-Book: Strokes of Genius 11 (Fall 2019)

-Art Journaling Jan/Feb/Mar 2019

Kristin has worked on several creative design teams including working with Roben-Marie Smith, Rae Missigman, and she is currently working with StencilGirl.

Kristin Peterson is also an avid blogger.

 You can find her blog at this address:


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

Thursday, August 29th from 1:00 to 4:00

Fee: $68.00

Bring bottled water

The Abstract Face Workshop

Instructor: Kristin Peterson

To register for a class, please contact:

Kathleen Marihart 320-226-8213

You can also use massager her on FB page  

The Smallest Art Gallery.

For class fees, please mailing to:

The Smallest Art Gallery

118 – 2nd Street NW

Ortonville, MN 56278

Please make your check out to:

The Smallest Art Gallery

and list the class you’re interested in on the memo line.

If you are interested in more than one class

please write a separate check for each class.

Please note: Class fees are non-refundable.

If there is a wait list, and I can fill your position,

your class fee will be returned.

If the class is canceled

then I will send you back your check.

Kristi Mogen

 My quilting story began in 1997 when my wise and eclectic Aunt Kathy, introduced me to piecing.  She needed help finishing an Ohio Star quilt and I wanted to do a Lone Star for a church fundraiser.

 It all lead to becoming a teacher (1998), pattern designer (1998), longarm quilter (2004).  Somewhere in between, my fabric impaired mom decided she was a surrogate.  I won’t have that problem, both my girls, now ages 16 and 18 are stash busting sisters since 4 and 6 years old.  My honey refers to us as the crazy quilters instead of the quilting cuties, as we prefer.

 In class, I teach my pilgrims of the cloth the basics, some secret tips, and that “finished is fantastic”.  I have enjoyed teaching 1st – 10th grade boys and girls, people with different Abilities, community education and guild workshops.  Sometimes I can reach more stitching sisters through writing for publications.  Articles have been about the quilt sandwich, notions, and technical issues.  My classes range from a history lesson on a pattern, mystery quilts, t-shirt quilts, miniatures, to very complicated star piecing. To share the love with everyone, now I paint barn quilts too.

 The fabric maverick in me loves designing patterns.  Everything from a pictorial family tree quilt (bordered with crazy quilt blocks, hmmmm) bargellos, and let it go rag quilts.  Art quilts really let me get bold and creative.  I use mixed media and all the tricks I know to paint with fabric.  Even then, I break the rules and taunt the quilt police.

 My thread head spirit shines while dancing with the longarm.   I have shown my mistress of the needle skills by quilting heirloom to unique freehand designs.  I’ve even hidden a Jackalope in the quilting of one quilt.

 I know we all can’t be born with a glorious quilting gene, but I hope to give each student the confidence and inspiration to go wild and show off some savvy stitching and share the quilt bug love.

Bike MS:

Ride Across Minnesota 2019

Bike Tram

And Block Party

Downtown Ortonville, MN

Wednesday, July 24th

In celebration of the Bike Tram we are excited to have the delightful Kristi Mogen in the The Smallest Art Gallery all day to give you a tour of the the beautiful quilts on display that she has quilted.

The quilts will be on display at The Smallest Art Gallery from Sunday, July 21st to Friday August 9th.

Also note up-coming classes and events:

-Bike Quilt Class, Saturday, July 27th

-Bed Turing and Tea Party, Thursday, August 1st 2:00

-Sanctuary Quilt Class, Saturday, August 3rd

More information will be posted soon on these events

Acrylic and Cold Wax Painting Class

Instructor: Barbara Hoffman

What is cold wax painting? Cold wax can be used in all types of painting styles from realism to abstract. Cold wax is comprised of beeswax, resin, and solvent. Unlike encaustic, it requires no set-up time. My method of painting with cold wax is abstract. Cold wax lends itself to creating lovely textures within a painting and allows for expressive mark making and the ability to carve into the paint layers.

In this class, students will be working with acrylic paint and cold wax to create an abstract painting. Students will learn how to use different tools to create many layers of texture and color.

Each student will leave class with a finished piece of art and the knowledge of how to continue painting in this unique artist medium.

All supplies are provide!

Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Lunch Break: 45 minutes, bring a sack lunch or eat downtown

Class Fee: $98.00

Register for class: 320-226-8213

or sign-up at The Smallest Art Gallery

Please note:

If you are looking for information about

-Barbara Hoffman’s painting Class: Acrylic and Cold Wax

-Kristi Mogen’s quilt classes and Quilt Bed Turning information

-Kristin Peterson’s painting class: The Abstract Face Workshop

Phyllis Joos’ Awesome Adventures in Accordion Book Making  

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Cold Wax Painting Class

Instructor: Barbara Hoffman

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception


Rob Rakow

Monday, July 1st

From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Art Exhibit:

Monday, July 1st to Friday, July 19th