Although it is lovely and recalls Minnesota in summer, I really should not include this photo for the Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota because it is not representative of this world-class collection of American and European art. Much to my dismay, I discovered that NO photographs are allowed in this remarkable and small gem of a museum, located in a Mississippi River town with a population of 27, 000. This stained glass piece was on view in the entrance, and I snapped a photo before I was aware that photography is verboten. I was tempted to snap some unauthorised pictures but did not find any opportunity to do so.
The museum is astonishing with several galleries of truly remarkable paintings, which are on loan from the collection of the museum’s chief backers, Mary Burrichter and her husband, Robert “Bob” Kierlin, whose $700 million fortune derives from Fastenal, his $15 billion Winona-based hardware-supply company that Bloomberg BusinessWeek last year called “the top-performing stock since the crash of ‘87.”
If you read this newspaper article describing the museum, you will appreciate the outstanding paintings it has on display, and if you are ever in the area (it's a 2-hour drive from the Twin Cities), a visit there would be an extraordinary experience!.