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"Spotted Skunk"

You may not be able to see them in the wild anymore, but thanks to local artists, Minnesota's native wildlife is easily found at SEMVA.

A group of seven contributors from SEMVA are working together on a project about the importance of preserving Minnesota wildlife. They made a series of paintings and photographs showing the wonder and beauty of some of our state’s endangered animals.

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"Prairie Chicken"

“We hope to create strong images to inform the public about the fragility of the state and survival of animals from Minnesota,” said project leader Ivete De Castro Martinez. “We think this project is important because we believe that like us, the native wildlife deserves to exist and thrive within the natural environment of their homeland.”

The exhibit contains depictions of greater prairie chickens, skunks, buffalo, eagles, moths, wolves, and more. It’s a fascinating topic that will interest summer-vacationing kids and adults alike in our nature-minded community.

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"Portrait of a Puma"

The exhibit officially opens today at SEMVA gallery, and runs until August 10. There will be opening talks beginning at 5:30 p.m. today (July 11). Each of the artists involved will give a 10-minute talk related to their work on the project.

There will also be two other talks given at the SEMVA gallery before the exhibit moves on. July 18, John Weiss will speak on environmentalism from a hunter’s perspective. On July 25, a naturalist from Quarry Hill will give a short lecture/discussion on conservation.

When the month-long exhibition finishes at SEMVA, it will travel to several other locations around the area.

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During August 16-31, the exhibition will be transferred to the Arboretum in Minneapolis.

On September 14, there will be a one-day booth displaying the works at the Med City Arts Festival in downtown Rochester.

From September 17-26, the exhibition will move to Quarry Hill Nature Center on Silver Creek Road NE.

From October 10 to December 19, it will be at 125 LIVE’s gallery on Elton Hills Drive NW.

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