GRAA features free art exhibits through August

Artist Nancy Leasman’s art is on exhibit at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls. Pictured is her piece, “The Wine Maker.”

Two local galleries feature free art exhibits now through the end of August. Great River Arts Association (GRAA) manages the spaces and invites the public to view a variety of artwork representing more than 20 artists from Minnesota.

The Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls welcomes acrylic artist, Nancy Leasman with her show titled, “A Foodie Paints: Wine, Vine and Dine.” She has been a painter nearly as long as she has been an eater. One seems to feed off the other, no more so than in this body of work.

“While anyone can eat and not be aware of that consumption, consuming with an awareness of the appearance of that food, the textures, sounds and flavors make eating the ultimate activity,” said Leasman. Each painting within this collection has a story; people interacting with their food in some way.

“It is a fresh and delightful show that can appeal to everyone,” said Michelle Miller, GRAA assistant director. The gallery is located on the first floor outside the courtrooms of the Government Center and can be viewed Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Artists of Minnesota provides the show on display at the Family Medical Center. This is a traveling exhibit and highlights the unique category of Mini-Show in the statewide competition. No painting is larger than 5-inches by 7-inches, they are all framed and explore a variety of topics. Artists of Minnesota is a statewide organization established in 1959 to promote the arts, especially for those living in outstate areas. Its purpose is to bring artists at all levels of experience together twice a year to share art and exchange ideas. Visit for more information. The Family Medical Center hours are Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information on these exhibits or any activities happening at Great River Arts, or call (320) 632-0960. The Great River Arts Center is located downtown Little Falls. Hours are Tuesday – Friday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.