The Smallest Art Gallery has posted a list of 2017 Classes!

We are excited to announce that one of our local artists has purchased and renovated a building in downtown Ortonville!  She has also created a new website and posted quite a list of classes scheduled for 2017!  See the list below or click on this link for a PDF copy – Classes 2017

About Kathleen Marihart (taken from her website – – The first half of my life I was an elementary school teacher, then after 25 years, I went back to school and received a Masters of Education and a Reading Recovery Certificate. I have been a Reading Recovery and Guided Reading teacher since 2003. My specialty is teaching reading strategies.

In addition to having a professional life, I have been a life long artist. I have… for more, please visit her wonderful new website! (link above!)


“Cari Me” Project by Becky Stattelman

The “Cari Me” art exhibit will be held at  –

Where:  The Inadvertent Cafe in Clinton, MN
When:    Monday, August 1st
Time:     Starting at 6:30

The “Cari Me” project was inspired by the GIVING SPIRIT of Becky Stattelman’s late sister Cari.  Becky leveraged “Art” to encourage each of us to “Please step forward” by giving to local causes and to honor art as a vehicle that can make a difference.

The Big Stone Arts Council has been anticipating the opportunity to play our part. Let’s make ours a Big Step Forward! 

Congratulations Becky, on behalf of the Big Stone Arts Council.

To read the article in Make it Minnesota:

Java Jule’s Painting in a Night

Learn how to paint this expressive still-life using acrylics with Deb Larson at Java Jule’s Bistro and Coffee Shop on Saturday September 21st, 2013, 1-4pm. Artists will have the option to choose a different background color.

$35 includes your very own painting and scrumptious refreshments. Aprons and all painting supplies provided. There is limited space, please drop in to reserve your easel with $10 or give Julie a call at 487-1111.Deb's painting -resized

Deb Larson

Deb Larson ArtDeb Larson, Visual Artist
Rusty Heron Studio
794 Highland Highway Avenue
Ortonville, MN  56278

Education and work history:I studied a year of fine arts at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut when I was 19, but being unclear on how I would make a living with art at that time, I took a break and entered into the workforce, eventually completing a degree in psychology. I worked with families in personal crisis as a contracted Family-based Services Provider for LQP Family Services. At that same time, I was the Director of the LQP Mentor Program that focused on children with special needs. I was honored to work directly with these youth as their 4-H club leader, a club formed specifically to meet their needs. While I found working with children and their parents gratifying, I also felt a strong pull to explore my original calling to pursue art. I continue to have an interest in working with children and adults by providing quality hands-on art experiences. Continue reading “Deb Larson”

Carol J. Larson


Carol is an artist, author and physician. In 2010 she retired from the practice of medicine to pursue full time her keen interest in art and writing. As an artist, Carol paints both watercolors and acrylics and is inspired by vintage objects. “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than roaming the back roads and byways of South Dakota and western Minnesota looking for old rusty objects. Sometimes these gems are hidden amongst overgrown weeds in an abandoned farmyard or are sitting on a dusty shelf in a small town antique shop. When they evoke a strong emotional response from me, it is time to pick up a paintbrush and bring out their beauty once more.” Continue reading “Carol J. Larson”