Merging Abstraction: John & Tom Maakestad

October 1 – October 30, 2021

A new group of paintings by Tom Maakestad is paired with early works by his late father, John Maakestad, a painter and college educator from Northfield, MN. This exhibition is supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board, Creative Assistance Grant. In this project Tom has reflected on some of his father’s earliest works from 1955 to 1972 and has curated a group of pieces by his father. In some cases works had to be restored and remounted. His father’s studio was partially cleaned and stacks of drawings were ‘saved’ from further deterioration. In the process new graphics were discovered and will be shown in this exhibition. Also on view are some of John’s earliest oil paintings which were made upon moving to Valley Grove, south of Northfield on to the family farm.

IN-PERSON ARTIST RECEPTION Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 pm

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.