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Join us at BECHS as we welcome our latest artist, Jane Horton, and her exhibit HERE! to the meeting room gallery space. Free.

Blue Earth County encompasses 766 square miles, predominately agricultural use.  In the mid-nineteenth century, when groups of Europeans arrived, they established little communities with an eye on permanence.  This was confusing to the indigenous people.  They did not understand how the expanding United States would impact them.  Immigrants, encouraged to move west, were enthusiastic to be home here and presumed to be welcome.

Both groups seemed unaware and unprepared to understand the territorial deals that had been made.  Many of the deals were corrupt.  There was violence.

“It has been my desire to present scenes, structures, and memories of Blue Earth County with respect for our complex history.  As an artist, I do not limit myself to one medium or style.  Many of the images are of Mankato, which is the county seat of Blue Earth County.” Jane Horton, January 2020. This activity is made possible by an Artist Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.

About the Artist

Jane Horton is a resident of Blue Earth County. She is a 2018 recipient of a grant from The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council which was used to prepare work for a show at the Carnegie Art Center in 2019, All Over the Place, and this exhibit, HERE! Jane is a 2010 graduate of Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Awards and honors include first place honors at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, MN; Salado Village Artists in Salado, Texas; and the Waseca Art Center. In addition, Jane has exhibited work in St. Paul, St. Peter, Northfield, Mankato, in Minnesota; and Temple, Texas.