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River Falls native starts exhibit at visitor center

PRESCOTT -- Anne Kerfoot was a teacher for 26 years, including 20 at Westside Elementary School in River Falls.

She bounced around the different grade levels, but there was one constant.

"I have always been interested in children's art, as they illustrated the things they studied," she said.

Once she retired in 1990, Kerfoot was able to spend more time on another interest--the Great River Road.

Kerfoot explained she and husband Jim are avid canoeists and usually love to launch near the Red Wing bridge as they travel down river.

"I love the area," she said of that which the Great River Road encompasses. "The scenery has been very inspirational for me."

As a result, Kerfoot started combining those two interests and developed a series of paintings of Great River Road scenery. Starting this past Sunday through March 9, those paintings, along with a collage, will be on display at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott.

It's Kerfoot's first exhibit as a solo artist, as she displayed her art work with other artists or organizations.

"There's no scenery quite like it," Kerfoot said. "I have tried to depict the diversity of scenery--the towering bluffs, the great stretches of water across Lake Pepin--the lotus and water lilies in the sloughs, the birds, the wild woodland and prairie flowers, and the flood runs."

Additional connections to the Great River Road include, for five years, Anne and Jim owning the Whistling Swan Gallery in Maiden Rock, along with owning "The Picadilly," a houseboat docked in Hager City.

Kerfoot paints out of the studio in her house and prefers watercolors as her style.

"It doesn't smell, has no odor and doesn't stain," she said. She further mentioned she loves the result of when two colors blend into each other on paper.

"It's a way in which you don't get with other paints," she said.

The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center is located in Freedom Park, just south of Prescott on Hwy. 35. To view Kerfoot's exhibit, visit the center during its open hours, which are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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