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History and art collide

History and arts will collide with two separate events being held next week in Rosemount. The Rosemount Area Historical Society and the Rosemount Area Arts Council have partnered to exhibit the paintings and photographs of G.A.Uitdenbogerd and Family.

Historical society member Maureen Geraghty-Bouchard said Uitdenbogerd was a Dutch immigrant and early settler to the Rosemount area. He ran a dairy farm on the west side of town near what is now the corner of 145th, Dodd and Chili Avenues. His wife Piternella also maintained a large flock of chickens.

RAAC member John Loch said Uitdenbogerd was a self-taught painter. He started painting when he still lived in Holland. Uitdenbogerd didn't paint much while he was farming, but after he retired, he created a lot more pieces.

Loch said many of the Uitdenbogerd family members kept his paintings. Loch learned of Uitdenbogerd's artwork while looking for photographs that the family kept from the early years in Rosemount. He saw the painting in the basement of Glen Uitdenbogerd's house and asked about it.

"It's not a masterpiece, but it's a pretty good piece of artwork," said Loch.

Loch asked whether there were others and Glen said other members of the family had them. At first he thought he could get his hands on 20 or so paintings but he collected many more.

The exhibit will feature more than 50 of Uitdenbogerd's paintings. The exhibit will also include artwork such as carvings and photographs his sons created.

The exhibit will run Sept. 10 to Sept. 14 in the Steeple Center. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Loch said he is hoping to extend the exhibit but is waiting for approval from the city.

In conjunction with the Uitdenbogerd exhibit, RAAC will host an Antique Show and Tell from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Steeple Center.

RAAC chair Jeanne Schwartz said antique appraiser Carole Kralicek will evaluate antiques during an Antiques Road show-style event. Kralicek has been in the antiques business for more than 30 years.

Residents can sign up to have their antiques appraised. Up to 50 antiques will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of two antiques per person. The cost to have an antique appraised is $10 per item.

The price to attend the show without having an antique is $5. For a list of antiques to be appraised or to sign up visit

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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