Two new exhibits will open soon at the Dassel History Center “Manthei Farm Dioramas;” and “Brodin Studios: the Brodin Brothers Rodger, John and Neil.”
The opening, for both exhibits, Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. will include a short program and refreshments.
• “Manthei Farm Dioramas” includes 12 miniature scenes of farming.
The dioramas were created by Chuck Manthei, a former Dassel resident. His hobby was collecting toys and recreating miniature scenes of farm life.
“Manthei Farm Dioramas” will be exhibited with “Seed Corn: from Maize to Amazing” on level three. It will continue through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
• “Brodin Studios: the Brodin Brothers Rodger, John and Neil” will be exhibited through Saturday, June 15. It tells the story of the Brodin Studios, a family business of artists’ sculpture, from the early 1970s to the present.
A Dassel family, the Brodins moved to Minneapolis in 1955.
Neil Brodin of Litchfield is the only brother still living.
Most of the sculptures honor uniformed law enforcement, firefighters, and the military.
Hundreds of Brodin sculptures are exhibited as public art.
“We have sculptures in almost every state,” Neil noted.