Women Make Art, the painters

September 14-16 and 21-23

The St. Croix Valley of Minnesota and Wisconsin is awash in artists creating work that is often inspired by the river that defines this very special place. Painters in particular create work that connects to this place where residents and visitors are invited to slow down and appreciate the life around them. During Take Me to the River, art enthusiasts and art fair novices alike will have the opportunity to experience work by hundreds of artists many of whom make this region their home, but searching out these four women painters with diverse styles is an experience that visitors won’t want to miss.

Sharon Weiser
Sharon Weiser’s studio and gallery are found in an unassuming 1980s office building just off Highway 36, but inside visitors are greeted with larger than life still-life oil paintings. Weiser relocated to Stillwater several years ago from Arizona where she had established herself as an award-winning and highly sought artist of desert flora. On September 14-16, guests are invited to Sharon Weiser Art Studio Sale, where they can see firsthand how Weiser’s intricate balance of color, light and shadow that bring everyday items and farmer’s market treasures to life.

Edie Abnet
At Abnet Farm north of Stillwater, Edie Abnet paints in a loft studio that is part of a dairy farm converted to an art mecca established by her late husband, potter Richard Abnet. Edie Abnet’s modern watercolor and pastel paintings often depict the flora and fauna found in her own gardens. Colorful daffodils, tulips, blue jays and cardinals are just a few of the popular, colorful subjects Abnet will have on display during Abnet Farm Art Show & Sale on September 15-16. However, her most moving and intimate paintings tell heartfelt stories through her depictions of her grandchildren or people encountered through travel.

Sue Rowe
Sue Rowe grew up in Northern Wisconsin where black bear sightings were a common occurrence. However, it wasn’t until years later and after receiving her BFA that she drew her first bear on the second floor of an antique store in Stillwater. Rowe’s bears tell stories and can be found in both humorous illustrations, where they drink coffee and contemplate life, and thoughtful, colorful paintings. An art fair regular, Sue and her bears will be at the Marine Art Fair on September 15-16 and Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival on September 22-23.

Mary Jo Van Dell
The Judd Street Exchange is the newest endeavor of award winning oil painter, Mary Jo Van Dell. The space, above the Marine General Store and adjacent to her working studio, displays Van Dell’s paintings in a bright gallery setting complimented by artwork by local potters and woodworkers. Known for their subtle and masterfully selected palettes, Van Dell’s landscape oil paintings can be found in private collections around the region. On September 21-23, see Van Dell’s newest work and the space where it was created at an open house at Mary Jo Van Dell Studio & Judd Street Exchange.


  • Abnet Farm Art Show & Sale, 16885 Square Lake Trail N., Stillwater (Sept. 15-16, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Marine Art Fair, Historic Downtown, Marine on St. Croix (Sept. 15-16, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Sharon Weiser Art Studio Sale, 1940 S. Greeley Street, Suite 214, Stillwater (Sept. 14, 12:00-8:00 p.m.; Sept. 15-16, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Mary Jo Van Dell Studio & Judd Street Exchange, 101 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix (Sept. 21, 1:00-8:00 p.m.; Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, Lakefront Park, Hudson (Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; free admission)