Spring & Summer 2019

 Artist Receptions, Exhibits, and Classes

The Smallest Art Gallery Classes Studio & Shop

118 2nd Street NW

Ortonville, MN 56278


Cell number: 320-226-8213

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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 to May 31st 2019

The Smallest Art Gallery

is honored to showcase

Joelie Hicks

from Milbank, South Dakota

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 an 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!


2nd Annual

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

Free 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 is 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


 Jess Gorman

Art Exhibit:

The Yellow Stone Trail

Sunday, July 21st to Wednesday, August 7th

Wednesday, July 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jess will be discussing her exhibit and answering questions about

The Yellow Stone Trail.  


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

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. She will walk us 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 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

The Smallest Art Gallery is honored

to showcase Kristin Peterson

from Luverne, Minnesota

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:



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 messenger on the Face Book 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.

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. One 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

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

Phyllis Joos’ Awesome Adventures in Accordion Book Making  

You will need to scroll down the page.

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

Art Exhibit:

Common Ground

Monday, July 1st

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

Art Exhibit:

Monday, July 1st to Friday, July 19th

Art Exhibit:

Common Ground

Common ground can be found anywhere with a little imagination. Rob’s focus is mainly on landscapes, but his photos of people were a wild deviation from what he is known for.  Rob states, he is basing that notion on the traditional definition of what a landscape is.

The stark beauty of a native prairie landscape is teeming with hidden life.  A different kind of landscape can be found in Las Vegas roaming the streets at night and into the small hours of the morning.  As for the rodeo—it brings us back to the landscape of the Old West and a time that used to be.

Rob, explaining his work can be daunting, as each piece can be seen individually or the embodiment of something larger. Likewise, some work needs only a title. Some need a sentence. Some need an extensive discourse. And some only need silence.

Multitudes of landscapes are all around us if only we look for them.

Rob Rakow was born in a small town in 1960, He hasn’t strayed far from his roots. Rob has lived in Odessa almost his entire life. He loves being outdoors and when not working at Pioneer Public TV Rob spend as much free time as he can with his camera.

The Smallest Art Gallery

is proud to announce

this year’s Artists for the

2019 season



 A variety of art mediums



 Acrylic and cold wax









Vintage collage and mixed


The Smallest Art Gallery is honored

to showcase

Rob Rakow

from Odessa, Minnesota

The Smallest Art Gallery

is excited to have

Phyllis Joos

back for a 3rd year to teach her Awesome Adventures in Accordion Book Making class!

Artist Jess Gorman from Renville, Minnesota, will have her photographic documentary following the historic coast to coast Yellowstone Trail on display at The Smallest Art Gallery.

“Follow the Yellowstone Trail” is a photographic documentary exploring the intersections of art, history, and community along the historic highway of The Yellowstone Trail. This series strives to capture the old and new, non-changing architecture, imagery, and citizenry, and tells the story of each town’s individual identity, showing the details that define the towns and connects them.

Gorman captures, preserves, and promotes the historical Yellowstone Trails imagery. She starts in her backyard of Western Minnesota. She is a community artist, photographer, writer, and civic engager promoting rural discovery, togetherness, and creativity. Jess is the storefront artist of the Yes! House in Granite Falls, Minnesota, an emerging community sharing space and is the founder of an artist co-working space, Studio Berge, also in Granit Falls. Gorman covers the “Circuit” of rural events in western Minnesota and takes pride in capturing each town’s magic.

This activity is made possible by a grant from The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council with funds from The McKnight Foundation.