"The Locals" show- It's a wrap!

As Super Bowl season turns to Spring, we wanted to say thank you to all who came down to see "The Locals" exhibition! We loved being able to showcase our amazing local talent and share some of the finest art that the North has to offer. 

We are so thankful to the artists who make the show possible, and of course our designers, clients and friends who support us along the way.


Now on View: A Collection of works by Patton Blackwell

From now through January only, the Veronique Wantz Gallery will be featuring several paintings by painter Patton Blackwell.

Born in South Carolina and raised in Minnesota, Blackwell attended The Summit School in St. Paul and graduated from Macalester College in 1974 with a degree in Cultural Geography. She then went on to spend over a decade in Brazil, where she studied with painters Luiz Aquila, Claudio Kuperman, and John Nicholson.

Blackwell is an artist who is heavily influenced by her immediate surroundings. Drawing inspiration from the streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival as well as from extensive travels to Europe, Israel, Turkey, and North Africa, her work reflects the physical and imaginary scope of a life spent in exploration.

She absorbs landscapes spanning from the Aegean Sea to the rolling, green fields of South Carolina, and, in each brushstroke, emboldens them with emotion, intensity of color, and contrasts between light and dark. The result is beautiful, active, and impassioned, but also very controlled.

Blackwell’s art has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has toured as part of the United States Art in Embassies program in Egypt, Qatar, Romania, Honduras, Guatemala, and Myanmar.

While her work continues to travel far and wide, she now calls Camden, South Carolina home, and she recently participated in St. Paul Academy’s annual Alumni/ae Reunion exhibition at the Harry M. Drake Gallery. We’re very happy to be presenting a selection of her paintings here on North Fifth street!

Fine Art from the Veronique Wantz Gallery is proudly featured in this year's ASID MN Showcase Home Tour

Between now and November 12th, you can find a few of our talented artists' works on display at the ASID MN Showcase House on Lake Minnetonka! We’re so thrilled to be included in the Twin Cities’ annual Interior Design event presented by ASID MN and Mpls St. Paul Magazine.

This year ASID MN is featuring a 13,000 square-foot modern chateau, built by John Kraemer & Son. The chateau has been transformed into an exciting interior design collaboration with 25 rooms to explore, and our community’s premiere designers have put their personal spin on each one.

When Kim Tucker, of Tucker Thomas Interior Design and Jen Horstman, of Lenox House Design, came together to create a beautiful modern Junior Suite with some traditional accents, they found more than enough options for art at the Veronique Wantz Gallery.

They finally settled on three paintings by Valerie Grondin, Tanja Sell, and Allison Johanson. These works don’t simply blend into the background, they set the tone for each space, helping to bring the decor and the overall design intentions to life.

If you don't get a chance to make it over to the ASID Home Tour, have a look at how Kim and Jen's room turned out in the photos below!





"A Journey in Continuity" - A joyfully grand re-opening!

As we wind down from weeks of preparation for our opening, we just wanted to take the time to thank all the artists, friends, and new acquaintances who came down in support of the Veronique Wantz Gallery last Saturday.

We were thrilled to have such a wonderful turnout, not to mention relieved to have made it through the night with a few champagne bottles to spare!

We’ve included photos of our event below. You can also have a look at two last minute additions to our walls that were both impactful and well-received -- Alain Ballereau’s large format painting on craft paper and Silvana Ravena’s paining “Waves by Sundown 1,” part of her new series on climate change that we’ll be sharing with you soon.

The celebration may be over, but we don’t want the excitement to wear off! We’re looking forward to welcoming each of you to the gallery in the months to come.

Special thanks to artists Jack Dale, Kei Gratton, Allison Johanson, Eleanor McGough, Donna Rice, Juliane Shibata, and Kathy Wismar, for putting a friendly face and conversation to your art.

Our Doors are Now Open on North Fifth Street

The Veronique Wantz Gallery invites the Twin Cities community to join us at our new home on on Saturday September 23rd.

After a few busy but rewarding summer months we've have finally opened our doors and are hard at work installing and arranging pieces for our gallery opening.

With our industrial, modern, and minimalist space, we’re more than ready to take on the future. But, staying true to our past, we’re also proud to be picking up where we left off as curators of high-quality fine art in the twin cities community and beyond.

Please come celebrate with us at our opening on Saturday, September 23rd from 4pm-8pm. We’ll toast to new beginnings, new friendships, and inspiring art.

 You’ll see that our walls have been warmed by abstract paintings both bold and serene, yet always expressive by Allison Johanson, Jack Dale, Kathy Wismar, Linda Puiatti and Debora Stewart, to name but a few.

From the world of pottery and ceramics, we’re equally excited about Samuel Johnson’s earthy, unglazed stoneware and Juliane Shibata’s delicate porcelain shapes, which bear traces of plant and ocean life. 

We’re also so pleased to share with you a variety of approaches to sculpture, from Asa Hoyt’s architecturally inspired metalwork to Donna Rice’s intricate glass art.

We hope to see you soon!  In the meantime, here are some highlights: 

Farewell: 125 N First Street / Hello: 905 N Fifth Street!

With the sale of our beautiful Foundry building, the Veronique Wantz Gallery is in the midst of moving to a new 'corner' of the North Loop & Warehouse District of Minneapolis. 

While The Foundry building is restored to its former glory and embarks on a new era as a pivotal location within the North Loop, we are continuing our gallery's journey in a restored former produce building on North Fifth Street.

We're so excited about this fresh start in a larger space, with wonderful industrial features and a full street window to display our art to the world.

Additionally, we are thrilled to be inviting new artists to join our gallery and cannot wait to share their works with you.

As many of you know, relocation can be quite a process! So, we're going with the flow and taking our time to build a space that we will be proud of and that will welcome you in the next few weeks

So, while the dust settles, take a peek at what we've been up to so far.

Wish us luck, and see you soon at 905 N Fifth Street - the all NEW Veronique Wantz Gallery!


*** Stay tuned for our Grand Opening in the Summer! ***

(And the many other openings and events to come...)

Silvana LaCreta Ravena DEMO artwork

We were honored to have Silvana LaCreta Ravena take part in her Meet the Artist event with a demonstration of her process. It was wonderful to see her work and, by the end of the night, she had created a beautiful piece of art! As part of the demonstration, a raffle took place so one lucky guest could bring home Silvana's piece. All of the proceeds went to The WARM, an arts organization close to Silvana's heart. Thank you to Silvana, and everyone who came out Thursday night! Hope to see you all at the next Meet the Artist event... there may even be another raffle for an original piece of art by another exceptionally talented artist!

Pop-Up Exhibition "Flutter" July 9th from 5-9pm featuring Elmira Lilic

Come explore Elmira's collection of artwork for one evening at the Veronique Wantz Gallery. She hopes to touch your curiosity and make you smile with her vibrant color combinations.

Kids are welcome.
Show time is 5pm-9pm.

There is no ticket purchase, visit Elmira's site and let her know if any piece is meant for you. RSVP for the event  here.

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, I aspire to influence people in my life through art in any way that I can with love, joy and celebration.

I have reached a new phase in my life where I get to explore my creativity and build my tribe both in California and Minnesota. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning. I am showcasing "Flutter" to bring all of us together and give you a glimpse of the beauty that lies within my mind. - Elmira Lilić

Reminder: Meet the Artist Event Tomorrow 30th June 5-8pm


Don't forget to join us tomorrow Thursday 30th June from 5-8pm for our Meet the Artist Event! Featuring Silvana LaCreta Ravena
and exhibiting her new Interdimensional Series

Silvana will detail her process by doing a DEMONSTRATION throughout the evening. Guests will have a chance to participate in a RAFFLE to win her demo painting. All proceeds will go to the Mentor- Protégée Program at THE WARM (www.thewarm.org), which is a nonprofit that helps emerging women artists to start and/or to improve their art careers. This was the first organization that helped Silvana merge into the local art scene when she arrived from Brazil 10 years ago.  

A former practicing clinical psychologist, Silvana infuses her work with psychological concepts and ideas. Memory, the passage of time, and connection to the inner-self are concepts within her work that she hopes stimulates viewers on a deeper level. Her work brings viewers in with their bright multiplicity of colors and layers. Please RSVP here.

ArtPlusOne featuring SPRUCE

It's the night of our second ArtPlusOne event, this time featuring the new-fashioned flower shop Spruce! Their stunning arrangements have brightened up our gallery and we are in love with the results! The flower arrangements pair beautifully with pieces from our collection, especially the Chuck Solberg ceramics. Spruce will sell springy "Market Bunches" and we are offering Chuck's small gourd vessels at a special Date Night price.

 Check out the stunning Spruce arrangements at our second ArtPlusOne event!

Check out the stunning Spruce arrangements at our second ArtPlusOne event!

ArtPlusOne featuring RYPEN

Our ArtPlusOne series kicked off with sharp design and pops of color from one of our favorite furniture designers, Rypen. The show featured several small scenes where Rypen's fun furniture framed beautiful pieces from the Veronique Wantz Gallery collection. We cannot wait for our next ArtPlusOne event tonight as part of the North Loop's Date Night, every third Thursday!

 The crowd's favorite Vignette featuring a beautiful Richard Rehl piece and a modern lamp and two stools from Rypen's furniture collection.

The crowd's favorite Vignette featuring a beautiful Richard Rehl piece and a modern lamp and two stools from Rypen's furniture collection.

 Gorgeous interplay of colors and textures featuring one of our favorite Silvana Ravena pieces and fun Rypen furniture - with a special shout-out to Minnesota on the paddle!

Gorgeous interplay of colors and textures featuring one of our favorite Silvana Ravena pieces and fun Rypen furniture - with a special shout-out to Minnesota on the paddle!