Spring & Summer 2022 Season


The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

An Artist Reception


Richard Krogstad

Title of Art Exhibit:

Traditional Landscape Paintings

In Person Artist Reception:

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

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

Art Exhibit Dates:

Saturday, May 7th

to Saturday, June 4th,  2022


4rd Annual

Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl

Saturday, June 11th 2022

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

Kathleen Marihart

will be located at The Smallest Art Gallery

The 4th Annual Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl,

Saturday, June 11th 2022

 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

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  

Deb Connolly

Title of Art Exhibit:

Common Ground

In Person Artist Reception:

Thursday, June 16th   

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

Art Exhibit Dates:

Thursday, June 16th

to Thursday, July 7th 2022  

About me:

My name is Kathleen Marihart. I have purchased and renovated two buildings 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 2001. My specialty is teaching reading strategies. I retired from teaching in the spring of 2020.

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 also a SMAC grant recipient.

I am very excited to offer a variety of art classes during the summer season.

There are a number of very talented artists exhibiting this season at The Smallest Art Gallery. Please stop in the art gallery during the artist reception and meet and visit with the artists.

A number of art classes will be offered this season.

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!

Please check out the web page:


 and like us on      Facebook!



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.

Phyllis will provide beautiful hand-printed papers for students to use in their creations.

All supplies provided.

Instructor: Phyllis Joos

Class size: Maximum 6 / Minimum  3

Adult’s class information:

Age: 15 years and up

Friday, June 24th 2022

Class Fee: $68.00

To register for a class, please contact:

Kathleen Marihart 320-226-8213

For class fees payment, please mailing check to:

The Smallest Art Gallery

118 – 2nd Street NW

Ortonville, MN 56278

Please make your check out to:

The Smallest Art Gallery

Please 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.

Please note:

If you are looking for information about:

-Kristin Peterson’s painting class: Collage Deconstructed


Phyllis Joos’ Awesome Adventures in Accordion Book Making  

You will need to scroll down the page.

The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

Linda Powers

Title of Art Exhibit:

Gifts of Nature

Art Exhibit Dates:

Saturday, July 9th to Saturday August 6th

 In Person Artist Reception:

Saturday, July 9th 2022

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

The Smallest Art Gallery

is proud to announce

this year’s Exhibiting

Artists, Art Instructors, Authors and Illustrator



Fine Art






Fine Art








Vintage collage and mixed media

Visiting Artist

in 2022

The Smallest Art Gallery

is excited to have

Phyllis Joos

 is back for a  5th year of teaching  her Awesome Adventures in Accordion Book Making class!

Date: Friday, June 24th, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.






Mary K.



Fine Oil


Visiting Art Instructors, Authors and Illustrator




Visiting Artist

in 2022


I took two of Phyllis’ classes on bookmaking and each time I came away with feelings of happiness and self-satisfaction. She brought all the material to make the three books in each class and it was all so varied that it was easy to find things that spoke to me. She was patient and kind and very encouraging too. I felt comfortable even though I was not someone who normally does creative things like this.

Chrisy Krogstad

The Smallest Art Gallery

Is excited to have

Kristin Peterson

 She is back in 2022

for a 2nd year of teaching!

Art Workshop:

Collage Deconstructed

Date: Saturday, July 30th

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Art Workshop Location:

Ortonville, Community Center

200 Monroe Avenue, Ortonville, MN

Just one block south of The Smallest Art Gallery

Class Fee: $125.00

Registration for Collage Deconstruction Class:

Call: Kathleen Marihart


Let’s talk paper. And scissors and glue. And then, collage like good paper lovers should.

This workshop will explore collage technique and design with equal attention to the possibilities.

Our focus will be one of freedom, personal style, and creative expression while trying to keep our fingers from being glued together!

This class is excellent for all levels.

All base papers, materials and paints will be supplied for use, however, students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials, such as their favorite art journal.


Watercolor paper- substrate

Small art journal

Collage papers



Class Fee: $125.00

Your instructor will be mixed media artist, Kristin Peterson. She was published in Cloth Paper Scissor magazine for her mixed media cards and has had several paintings published in the Incite: Best of Mixed Media books. She was also published in Stampington’s Art Journal magazine.

Collage Deconstructed

Art Instructor: Kristin Peterson

To register for a class, please contact:

Kathleen Marihart 320-226-8213 You can also use messenger on the Face Book page: The Smallest Art Gallery.

For class payment, please mail 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 your check will be returned

The Smallest Art Gallery

Is Hosting  

Mary K. Boylan

Title of Art Exhibit:


Living Life

In Person Artist Reception:

Date: Saturday, August 13th

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

Art Exhibit dates:

Saturday, Aug. 13th to Sept 10th


Art Class for 2022

Art Class

CDC Guidelines will be followed at

The Smallest Art Gallery

Richard Krogstad

Artist Statement

Richard Krogstad is an accomplished artist with a B. A. in art from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts. Richard’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries, museums, embassies, universities, art centers, and other venues in the United States and abroad.

The paintings that will be exhibited at The Smallest Art Gallery in May are from his Traditional Landscape Painting Series which he painted for a period of 25 years. The Smallest Art Gallery will be showcasing Richard’s private collection, for exhibit and for sale.

The Traditional Landscape Paintings are landscape oil paintings focused on rural settings. This could be your last chance to view and buy these treasured oil paintings from the very accomplished artist, Richard Krogstad.

Of course, Richard continues to paint. His new work still focuses on landscapes, but through abstract expression.

I hope you will plan to join us at The Smallest Art Gallery  in May for Richard’s art exhibit.

Artist Statement:  

This show at The Smallest Art Gallery which I’ve titled “Common Ground” celebrates the simple things in life.  It’s the beauty of what we see every day but may not notice because we are in a too much of a hurry.  It’s the warm rays of the bright morning sun casting shadows over a half-eaten breakfast or the simple pleasure of light and shadows over the prairie, buildings, or farmland.  There’s beauty in everything around me, I just need to capture it.  

I’ve always been a creative person whether it be with fabric and thread or crafting with wood and paint.  The freshness of watercolor had also appealed to me.   My first experience with watercolor was while in college where I took fine art classes to complete the Interior Design program.  The watercolor I learned there seemed fussy (I had to stretch the paper) and the course length was short.  It wasn’t enough to keep me going.  Ten plus years later through a watercolor workshop that led to semiprivate lessons I learned to be loose, bold and to let the watercolor move and blend on the paper.  I’m still working on all of that!  Later I discovered pastels used in combination with watercolors which reveals more of the visual texture that I love.  In all my paintings I like to see the initial drawing on the paper.   More recently I’ve been introduced to Encaustic painting. The colorful wax in this method when melted is unpredictable and spontaneous and makes for a fun experience. Overall, I am excited by line, color, and texture.  My subject matter most often will be a still life arrangement with common pieces, interesting architecture, or a local landscape.  Light and shadow are important.  

My goal with my art is to have fun creating work that is visually exciting from common pieces that surround me and from the local landscape.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Holli Seehafer


Marlys Miller



Joelie Hicks


Gifts of Nature

This exhibit is a collection of works of botanical art paintings inspired by walks in nature and visits to farmer’s markets. These places offer a variety of visual excitement from noticing the pattern the wind makes on the grasses, hearing the call of a raptor overhead, watching the clouds form over the river, or delighting in the colorful displays on the farmer’s tables.

Often, there is a moment of catching a glimpse of something special, something new that wasn’t there during a previous visit. Something that shouts out “look at me,” such as the soft, white blossoms of the spring ephemerals, Bloodroot and Dutchman’s Breeches, or the shy flower of the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. They draw you in and invite you to look deeper and wonder at their delicacy. That same call-out occurs at the markets, but the shout is more like “buy me, eat me! but enjoy my beauty before you dine!”

These works are all watercolor on Arches paper or on vellum, a traditional material used for its luminous and archival qualities — the same material used by calligraphers for many centuries. My main brushes are small and natural, ranging from a “1” for under washes, “0” for building color, “00” for details using a dry-brush technique, and an even smaller, Japanese brush with only a few hairs to paint the tiniest of details.

Working with these small brushes and using a magnifying lens, details are painted to accurately represent structure and texture. This process is slow and meditative, and many hours are spent on even the smallest of paintings.

I hope you enjoy these gifts of nature as much as I enjoy painting them.

Book Presentation by authors

 Holli Seehafer and Marlys Denholm

Illustrator Presentation by

Joelie Hicks


Saturday, June 18th, 2022

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Holli Seehafer

Marlys Denholm

Joelie Hicks

Authors: Holli Seehafter and Marlys Denholm


    Carrie Didn’t Cry was written in honor of Mrs. Denholm’s grandmother and all the pioneer women who were vital to the settlement of the American plains during the homesteading years. In writing Carrie Didn’t Cry, we’ve taken a variety of stories told by the women who lived during that time in history and interwoven the tales into the lives of our fictional leading lady, Carrie, and her family members.
    Carrie, like the women of her time, was brave and hardy. They survived primitive medical care, loneliness, fear, and loss of precious loved ones, but persevered and helped build America. It may seem at times that there were more sorrows than joys, but these women knew how and where to find the daily happiness to keep them going. We hope you enjoy this historical fiction, which includes stories that rang true for so many families..

    Regarding Carrie Didn’t Cry, Seehafer commented, “Mom and I have spent tons of quality time together writing, rewriting, expanding and editing this historical fiction with a Christian tone. And, I’m glad to tell you the cover art as well as interior pencil sketches are the work of local artist, Joelie Hicks. She did a fabulous job, and I can’t thank her enough for lending her talent to the successful completion of the project.”
    If you or any of your friends enjoy historical fiction, we invite you to read Carry Didn’t Cry. The fictional novel incorporates stories told about the early pioneers on the northern plains of America. The men and women who homesteaded in the region were inventive, brave and hardy folks. Through the book, you will get to step back into the late 1800s when Carrie is on the cusp of adulthood and then follow along as she navigates life's twists and turns. You might even learn a bit of history along the way!
    You can order it in print from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Carrie-Didnt-Marlys-Miller-Denholm/dp/1733111603/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Marlys+miller+denholm&qid=1601248586&s=books&sr=1-3

    Marlys Miller Denholm was born in the West River Region of South Dakota in the late 1930s. She has personal experience with many of the historical aspects revealed in the stories that are told in Carrie Didn’t Cry. The situations that predate Mrs. Denholm were told to her by her parents,  a shepherd and a teacher, who passed on their experiences and told vivid tales from the generations that preceded them.
    Mrs. Denholm, who has long proclaimed herself to be the last of the depression kids, grew up on the prairies of South Dakota in the 1940s. Her previous writings include From a Soddy and Poems for People and Parties. She always admired her father’s ability as a story teller and it seems she is emulating that talent in Carrie Didn’t Cry as she portrays the prairie life from a woman’s perspective.
    Holli Seehafer, the youngest of Mrs. Denholm’s children, is a writer by trade and has been working at the Grant County Review, the newspaper in Milbank, SD, for more than 30 years. In the collaboration that brought Carrie Didn’t Cry to fruition, Mrs. Seehafer utilized her technical and story editing skills to present a polished finished product for the readers’ enjoyment. Together they formed the tale that transports the reader through time with Carrie as she grows from her role as a teenager to wife, mother, and homesteading woman. Carrie and the women like her saw innumerable changes in society and lifestyle during the span of their lifetimes, and Carrie Didn’t Cry touches on many aspects.

    Marlys Miller Denholm has also authored From a Soddy, Poems for People and Parties, and A Goodnight Reading: Favorite Bible Verses for Children.
    From a Soddy is a non-fiction homesteading story based on the recollections of her father, Henry Miller. The family homesteaded near Lemmon, South Dakota, in the early 1900s when a man could own the land just for living on it and farming it for a few years. Far from the comforts of civilization, Henry, only six years old when the story begins, is amazed by the county. This is the land he had overheard his Grandmother Lang describe as filled with “wild Indians and crazy cowboys” in protest of the family’s move. Readers can share in the account of the family’s joys and hardships as they homesteaded what was then frontier land.
    Poems for People and Parties is a collection of poems that Mrs. Denholm compiled including works of her own and those of her mother, Evelyn Miller.
    A Goodnight Reading: Favorite Bible Verses for Children is a Christian storybook that is ideal for parents or grandparents to read to young children while spending quality time together. The story introduces Bible verses in a conversational tone with a contemporary setting. It also ncludes coloring pages and spaces that allow the child to write or draw his or her thoughts.

    Mrs. Seehafer, under the pen name Cadee Brystal, has independently authored a series of four clean Christian romance novels. Called The Miller’s Bend series, they are Wide Open Spaces, Breaking Free, Settling Down, and Taking Care. The central characters include young men who grew up in their fictional small town on the Northern Plains and the women who are brought into their lives through various circumstances. While the novels are romances with happy endings, Seehafer stresses that they also have plots that include humor and suspense, while maintaining a sense of believability. Seehafer reports that it is important to her to write “clean” stories, so anyone from early teen years to great-grandmothers can enjoy them. The books portray a Christian worldview because, as Seehafer reports, “It is the Good Lord who gave me the skills and the opportunity to become an author, and presenting the stories with a Christian backdrop is the only appropriate way I could do it.”

Illustrator: Joelie Hicks

     I have been drawing since 4th grade when I discovered I wanted to and could. My favorite subjects are people, especially faces. While raising our six children they were my affordable models, now my grandchildren sometimes heed my plea of "can you sit still for just a minute please"?

     For our kids and their friends drawing teeny sports figures from sports cards and requests for a picture with specifics ' I want a little girl with her grandma in a garden with a dog ' was a lot of fun.  And youthful patrons are kind!

Mid-West Living Life

Art is hard! But it’s the most enjoyable hard work one could ever hope to do! I feel lucky to be able to work at it everyday! I love taking a simple, even boring scene that most people would never pay attention to and evoking a “feeling” into it, showing you how I see it. 

Having grown up in the Midwest I love everything farm life…simple things we see everyday. Tractors, trains, grain elevators, barns, old cars…so many things waiting to be painted! I never know what might catch my wandering “looking for that next painting” eyes. 

Here’s the boring stuff, graduate of Ringling School of Art. (That’s how I ended up in Florida)  King of Trails Farm is how I ended up in Madison MN half the year. (It’s my husbands farm that’s been in the family many generations!) We have lots of awesome family members and great friends in the area and I always look forward to spring when I can pack up and leave the crazy traffic behind! 

I hope you enjoy my art exhibit of “Midwestern Life.” It’s just a few of the many things that say “midwestern life” for me! 

4th Annual

Big Stone Lake


Art Crawl

Saturday, June 11th,2022

9:00 a.m. To

5:00 p.m.


Fri., Sept. 30th

 and Oct. 1st & 2nd