The Watershed Gallery showcases the beauty and diversity of life in the Mississippi River watershed as seen through the artist’s lens. Through photographic images, paintings, watercolors or other creative media, artists capture a unique perspective on the natural world, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all life in the watershed.
The year 2018 marked the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The act gave federal protection to eight rivers, including the Namekagon and the St. Croix River. The Enduring Gift Photography Project is a joint production between photographer Craig Blacklock and the St. Croix River Association. It celebrates the 50-year history and documents the rivers as they are today. For more than two years, Blacklock kayaked, canoed, and hiked the rivers – even exploring them from the vantage point of a drone – to capture images we’ve never seen before.