Art Gallery

Current Exhibit: “The Enduring Legacy of Art”

“Five Generations Plus”, multimedia

September 30 – November 1
Opening Reception Tuesday, October 8, 4-5:30pm


Hands changed, media differed, but the artistic gene remained strong throughout the generations, begging to be expressed.

The art works we exhibit span five generations:

The following statements are written by FIftyNorth member Jody Ouradnik:

Ralph W. Smith (deceased) – My great-grandfather. His medium was oil, acrylic, watercolor, and chalk painting/drawing.
 Glenn S. Smith (deceased) – My maternal grandfather. He made jewelry from rocks and semi-precious stones collected during his travels.
Nancy Smith Ouradnik Daley – My mother (Ralph’s granddaughter, Glenn’s daughter). She is a papermaker, bookmaker, & encaustic painter, currently living in Minneapolis.
Jody Ouradnik –  I am a fabric artist. Crochet, knitting, felting, kumihimo, kanzashi, and embroidery. I currently live in Northfield and work part-time at the Northfield Yarn shop..
Amy R. Ouradnik – My sister. She is a decorative painter, specializing in trompe l’oeil, plaster finishes, and verre eglomisé (painting on glass/mirrors)
Madeline Burton – My niece (Amy’s daughter). She designs wallpaper & fabrics, working in different painting/drawing mediums. Madeline is currently living in Minneapolis, working as a math & technology curriculum designer for The Blake School.

Generations of Art



Coming up next in the FiftyNorth Gallery!

Gerald Hoakstra, photography

Cynthia Wagner, collage and photography

November 4 – December 9
Opening Reception Tuesday November 12  4-5:30pm


Gallery On The Move

The FiftyNorth Gallery is traveling!  To the Northfield Retirement Community!
Artists who exhibit their work in our gallery will have the opportunity to take a portion of their exhibit over to the NRC.  The NRC will have a designated gallery space in which to exhibit the art for an additional month long show.  This means increased access to fine art for older adults AND an additional opportunity for artists to show their work.  A win, win!

Two Calls for Artists

2019 Member Open Show – “Numbers, Letters and Words Oh My!”

The Member Open Show is themed “Numbers, Letters and Words Oh My!” this year.  The exhibit runs December 9 – January 3 with the opening reception on Tuesday December 17.  Any member is welcome to submit one piece of art, in line with the theme, for the show.  All art must have a hanging wire on the back or be able to sit in the glass display cases.   Submit all art to Katie Felland  between  December 2 – 6.  Please write or attach to the back: Artist Name, Title of piece, Medium, Year created, Price (if for sale)


2020 Gallery Season

The FiftyNorth Gallery prides itself on its inclusive nature and welcoming environment to all types and ages of artists.  This is an art gallery for everyone!  Your work will be seen by hundreds of people every day.
We are currently accepting applications for 2020 exhibits.  If you are interested in applying to show your art please email the following to Katie Felland at
  1. three photo examples of your work
  2. your artist statement
  3. a photo of you
The art gallery committee will consider all applicants.  We can’t wait to hear from you!