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Fall Meeting 2014:
Taylors Falls, September 27

Registration Deadline: September 15

Taylors Falls Community Center
312 Government Street, Taylors Falls

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Lodging Options

What to Bring

“Painting on my first BIG painting (2008),” says Pat Jerde, “It changed my life as an artist, as I discovered how much fun it was to paint objects much larger than life size!”
The Fall Meeting will be held in Taylors Falls at the Community Center (the old Railroad Depot building) located at 312 Government Street. A box-lunch will be catered by Eichten’s (known for their cheeses and bison burgers).

Our Guest Artist is Pat Jerde, who will provide a presentation and will critique works brought by member artists.

About the Guest Artist:
Pat Jerde was driven, since early childhood, to capture the "true look" of everyone she has drawn or painted. She received a BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, but always felt that the focus on art through high school and college was on "being creative" without learning the fundamentals developed over the centuries. She was determined to teach herself those fundamentals and, after several years, finally found the type of training she was looking for. She spent five years of intensive study at the Atelier Le Sueur in Excelsior, and then taught there as well. In 1991 Pat and her husband Jeff founded the Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville. Minnesota.

In 1994, they designed and built a dedicated visual arts facility which featured classrooms, studios, galler and frame-shop. With rapid growth they expanded it by a third in 1996. Pat served as Director and Head Instructor until the building's sale in 2007. After a brief "retirement," the building reverted back to them in 2009. Since then they have spent most of their time maintaining the building and dealing with the many tenants. Now known as the 190 River Ridge building, it is home to artists, as well as musicians, therapists and other creative professionals.

Pat learned most of what she knows from artists Lisa Bormann and Annette LeSuer, both students of Richard Lack at "Atelier Lack." Later she studied in workshops (many held at her own school) with artists Richard Whitney, Alexander Gubenov, Joy Thomas, Joe Paquet, Thomas Nash and John Howard Sanden. She has served as a judge for numerous exhibitions and competitions including the Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair, the MN Artists Association, the MN Pastel Society, the Lexington Art League in Kentucky and the Minnesota State Fair.

Pat still has a studio in the building that she and her husband built. She has learned that being a landlord, she has developed problem solving skills that carry over directly into solving dilemmas in paintings. "I still teach, but just one day a week. I love how artists have come back to the building. Beautiful Art once again is being created here!"



Friday, September 26

7 p.m. Board Meeting (location to be announced) Saturday, September 27

9-9:30 a.m. Registration, coffee

9:30-11 a.m. Presentation by Guest Artist, Pat Jerde

11:15-11:30 Business meeting

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1 p.m. Critique of artwork exhibited

2:30 p.m. Members’ Choice Award Announced/Adjourn

Contact Person: Joanne Frank
651-465-3043 • Cell: 651-334-6677 • email:


Lodging Options:

Holiday Inn Express, 715-483-5775 (Room rate: 2 Queen or 1 King $139)

Dalles House Motel, 715-483-3206 (Room rate: 2 Queen w/2 people $81, 3rd or 4th person added $6 ea.)

Old Jail B&B, if available, 651-465-3112.

(Note: the Holiday Inn Express and the Dalles House are located on the Wisconsin side of the river.

Taylors Falls Chamber of Commerce Web Site:


What to Bring:

Bring a painting/artwortk for the critique (and an easel to display it on). Art that you bring does not need to be framed and/or completed. There will be a “Members’ Choice Award.”

Bring a guest. Artists of Minnesota’s Fall Meeting offers a great opportunity to introduce artists to our organization. If you bring a guest, your guest does not need to be a member. (To participate by bringing your artwork for the critique, you must be a member.)

Should you bring a guest, and they decide to join Artists of Minnesota, their dues shall apply for the upcoming year, 2015 (this offer good for new members only), and the current member introducing the guest is eligible for a $10 discount on his/her next membership fee (or they can pass discount on to the potential new member).

Click here for this discount form.

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