Ford Family Gallery

The Ford Family Gallery at White Bear Center for the Arts features numerous rotating exhibitions throughout the year.  The gallery is free and open to the public. 

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Call 651.407.0597 for additional hours

Current Exhibition:

St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers- The Enduring Gift
Craig Blacklock
May 22 – July 3, 2019

Craig Blacklock is a Fine Art Landscape Photographer specializing in the interface of water and land.

FILM & CONCERT with Peter Mayer:
Tuesday, June 11, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets: $10 Member/Non-Member, please register in advance 

Take a visual journey down the St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers through Craig Blacklock’s videos accompanied by Peter Mayer’s live, original music. Craig and Peter will offer a sampling from the video that accompanies Craig’s book, and Craig will provide added perspectives about the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that protected these rivers, and anecdotes from the making of the book, video and traveling museum exhibition. Following a short intermission, John Kaul’s 20 minute film, Wild and Scenic St. Croix will also be shown. Craig and his wife, Honey, will have all three editions of the book for sale at the event. To preview the books and images and learn more about the Enduring Gift Photography Project, go to

Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Upcoming Exhibits

Lake Country Pastel Society
Summer Celebration 
July 18 – August 21, 2019

Please join us for the Lake Country Pastel Society’s Open Invitational Exhibition that will be juried for awards by award-winning artist Kami Mendlik.

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Past Exhibitions:

White Bear Center for the Arts
Northern Lights 45th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

March 4 – April 10, 2019

A long time WBCA tradition, the Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition features some of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s finest artists. 

For more information on how to submit artwork for the 2020 show,  please click here


Mary Simon-Casati

Smashing the Invisible

January 7 – February 13, 2019

Artist Mary Simon-Casati explores the intersection of art and physics through sculpture, painting, and more.

Both scientist and artist ask how we know the world? We are investigators. What exactly is color, shape, space, volume, and light? These are the means by which physicists artists have long flirted with the limits of representation.


White Bear Center for the Arts

2018 Members’ Exhibition

November 19 – December 14, 2018

All members of WBCA are welcome to participate in the Members’ Exhibition!  Everyone is welcome to attend the show. 

To learn more, please click here.

This non-juried exhibition is a celebration of all WBCA members and the artwork they create.  All mediums and artwork are accepted.  A long time tradition of WBCA this exhibition dates back some 20+ years.


NorthStar Watermedia Society

4th Annual National Juried Exhibition

September 10 – October 18, 2018


2018 Best of Show – Christopher Palbicki -Whatever Floats

To learn more about award winners and judging process please click HERE

NorthStar Watermedia Society is the oldest Watermedia Society in Minnesota. Founded in 1975 in the White Bear Lake area, the original members included Jon Arfstrom, Judy Blain, Nels Femrite, Barb Lundell, Marian Wolters, and Frank Zeller. Currently, the Society has over 250 members throughout Minnesota, and into Wisconsin. The Society is well known for its lively and informative monthly meetings and demos, art shows, artists’ events, and workshops that feature nationally and internationally known artists.

Robert Jeffery – Honfleur – 2nd Place


White Bear Lake area residents, Patricia Choffrut, Nels Femrite, Mark Ferrey, Ann Magnusson, Heid Nelson, S.A. Roman, Leny Wendel, and Frank Zeller are among 73 chosen paintings at the 4th Annual NorthStar Watermedia National Exhibition to be held at the White Bear Center for the Arts September 10 – October 18, 2018.

$9,000 in cash and non-cash prizes were awarded by Juror Rachel Daly, Director of Visual Arts, The Artistry!, Bloomington, MN


Natural Reflections

Project Art for Nature

July 19 – August 28, 2018



Project Art for Nature (PAN) is a group of artists and illustrators from Minnesota and Wisconsin working independently and collaboratively to create artwork which promotes stewardship of threatened natural areas in our region. Each participating artist focuses her/his work on an individually chosen area of land in need of protection or conservation related theme for a 3 year cycle. A portion of all sales from PAN shows are donated to an organization working to protect natural areas. Natural Reflections is the culminating show for PAN’s fifth cycle. We hope that our exhibit inspires you, the viewer, to look, listen, see and hear the need to protect and conserve vital natural areas around you.

Participating PAN artists:
Marj Davis, Denise Friesen, Kim Gordon, Emily Gray Koehler, Wendy Lacska, Suzanne Lewis, Tom McGregor, Cynthia Starkweather-Nelson, Christine Olson, Bonnie Ploger, Teri Power, Robyn Beth Priestley, David Spohn, Diane Wesman, Vera Ming Wong


Confession and Discretion

May 29 – July 12, 2018



Erica Spitzer Rasmussen and Margo Selski are artists working in disparate media, yet each explores personal narratives regarding childhood memories, life experiences and family stories. The former (a paper sculptor and book-binder) and the latter (a painter of oils) relay their narratives via haunting and humorous figuration and meticulous attention to detail.

Perhaps the most evident commonality between the artists’ work is an interest in costume history… more specifically, the shared use of the Flemish ruff. Many of Selski’s characters don such over-sized neckwear, making reference to classical European portraiture. For Selski, the ruff is both decorative and functional. Its purpose is to elegantly conceal the secrets of the subject or modify one’s behavior. Rasmussen’s three- dimensional facsimiles of the ruffs symbolize limitations or cultural restraints. Similarly, the pages of Rasmussen’s wearable ruffs contain fragmented texts, only to be deciphered by the maker.

Other more subtle relationships exist between Rasmussen’s and Selski’s work. Both are interested in the tensions created by formal and conceptual polarities, such as the realistic and the fantastic, the traditional and the contemporary, the familiar and the foreign, the secure and the perilous, the masculine and the feminine, the sobering and the whimsical, and the beautiful and the repulsive.

Although each artist tells deeply personal stories through their work, both artists admit that a certain amount of information is always retained or obscured. This is done through tangible practices (like harboring secret notes in pockets and hemlines) or through more immaterial means (such as conjuring visual metaphors to disguise painful details or to veil an individual’s identity). The resulting exhibition is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the two artists, through visually engaging and emotionally powerful work.



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