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Jaques Art Center

121 Second Street NW
Aitkin, Minnesota
Telephone: (218)927-2363 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

 The Jaques Art Center: A Celebration of the Visual Arts!
The Jaques Art Center publicly presents exhibits, workshops, seminars and programming for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Its focus  is to publicly present the arts including that of Francis Lee and Florence Page Jaques".

Highlights & Collections

The Jaques Art Center is alive in Aitkin, MN's former Carnegie Library building which has recently been upgraded for accessibility to all areas. Exhibits are free so all may participate. It is open year round, Tuesday through Saturdays, 11 am  to 4 pm. The new building "access" addition was dedicated July 17, 2004.

We have two galleries. The Carnegie Gallery displays works of contemporary artists, both past and present. We have chosen to shown works from local, regional, national and worldwide artists in our eight year history.  All exhibits are juried prior to display for variation of exhibit subject, quality of work, and ability to draw visitors to the Center.  The new exhibit opening July 31, 2004 features the exquisite moth paintings of the widely acclaimed Dr. John Cody with the three dimensional art of Brad Bachmeier completing the exhibit.

The Jaques Gallery which is brand new, permanently exhibits original art from the lifetime body of works by Francis Lee Jaques 1887-1969. Francis Lee Jaques (born in Geneseo, Illinois) spent his formative years from 1904 through 1918 in Aitkin County, MN.  His parents and brother's family remained in Aitkin, MN. We honor him as the first world-recognized artist from Aitkin and use our display as a tribute to one who proved the theory "if at first you don't succeed, try and try again".  He painted what he loved while he lived in Minnesota and the warmth of the artist projects throughout the 2004-5 show.  Several exhibited paintings will be replaced periodically to bring in newly discovered original paintings from other collections.  We seek contributions of original art for our permanent collection.

We place special emphasis on his early life in the current exhibit of 60 paintings which will be displayed through June 2005. Francis Lee Jaques was a background artist for the American Museum of Natural History in New York for more than 20 years and returned to Minnesota's James Ford Bell Museum to paint backgrounds for its magnificent collection of diorammas. He was honored to be one of the 16 finest wildlife painters in history by Robert K. Abbett in it's Timeline of Masters, Wildlife Art Magazine, Februay, 1998.


Within the building are two classrooms.  Classroom 1 is a "dry media" workshop and weaving is emphasized.  Joanne Arvidson Hall, Montana weaving professional, presents workshops here twice a year. Student weaving continues throughout the year. Classroom 2 is open to workshops in multiple media forms. Adult painting workshops, children's art classes, basket weaving, pottery making, sculpture, jewelry making, rosemaling, flower pressing and other crafts are several of many workshops that have been held in that space. Glassblowing demonstrations, craft fairs, plant sales and  large receptions have taken place outside the building. 

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events:

Please refer to our website which is updated regularly.



Admission & Directions:

Admission if FREE to all exhibits.  Workshop fees vary with the costs to produce the classes.

The Jaques Art Center is a Minnesota non-profit corporation.  Contributions of dollars to support this energetic and hardworking organization are welcome.

Aitkin, Minnesota is approximately 120 miles north of Minneapolis-St. Paul. It may be accessed by Highways 169-210 and 47.
We have an active airport at Aitkin, MN for those who wish to fly in.  We invite you to join us.  Call  (218)927-2363 for further details.

Key Personnel: 

Leslie Hanlon, Director

Cherie A. Holm, Board Secretary

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