Because I lived there for a few years, I can never resist a story about Minnesota, land of 10,000 surprises. Here’s one story from a Wall Street Journal reporter.
“Winona, MN, is home to just 27,500 people,” writesat Real Clear Arts, a blog at ArtsJournal, “but it has an art museum worthy of a much bigger city.
“The Minnesota Marine Art Museum … was the brainchild of a local collecting couple named Bob Kierlin and Mary Burritcher. They knew nothing about art when they started collecting …
“But today they, with the help of others, have created something very worthy. For them, marine art includes any work with enough water to ‘float a boat.’ And so the museum – which has beautiful, spacious galleries, is filled with works by many great artists.
“It has been expanded twice, and most of it is filled with works on loan from the couple. They include Turner’s 1841 watercolor Heidelberg With a Rainbow, Gauguin’s Still Life with Onions, Heade’s The Great Florida Sunset and View From Fern-Tree Walk, Jamaica, Beckmann’s “Dutch Landscape with Bathers” plus paintings by Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Hartley, Cole, Bierstadt and Homer.”
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