Churning Tides at Glensheen in situ
Churning Tides at Glensheen in situ

2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023: Plein Air Grand Marais, Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, Grand Marais, MN

2021: Plein Air Duluth, Minnesota Fine Art Academy, Duluth, MN

2021: Prairie Lakes en Plein Air, Art of the Lakes Gallery, Battle Lake, MN

2019, 2020: Red Wing Plein Air Festival, Red Wing Arts Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN

2018, 2019: Hudson Plein Air Festival, Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, Hudson, WI

2017, 2018, 2019: Port Wing Plein Air, Port Wing Town Hall, Port Wing, WI

2017: Plein Air Duluth – Paint du Nord, Blacklist Brewing Co., Duluth, MN

2016, 2017, 2018: Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint Out, De Smet Event Center, De Smet, SD


2023: Beauty of Watermedia Award, Competition Class, “Love,” Plein Air Grand Marais, MN

Sacred River Spirits
Sacred River Spirits — St. Louis River, Cloquet, MN 2021
Mixed Medium 10”x 20″

2021: West End Flourish Artist Grant: “Plein Air Painting on the St. Louis River – Using the Historical Approach in Capturing the Spirit of a Place When Painting en’ Plein Air.”Funding made possible by Springboard for the Arts, RETHOS/Artists on Mainstreet Bush Foundation, City of Cloquet, Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community.

2022: Achieved Signature Status in the Minnesota Watercolor Society

2019: Honorable Mention, “Trust,” Minnesota Watercolor Society, Spring Juried Exhibition, Chaska, MN

2018: People’s Choice Award, “Trust,” Port Wing Plein Air, Port Wing, WI

2017: Honorable Mention, “Duluth Port Storage,” Plein Air Duluth – Paint du Nord, Duluth, MN

2013: Best in Show, “Winter in Minnesota,” Blaine Arts Council, Blaine City Hall, MN

2001: Second Place, Visual Art Award, “Gift from the Gods,” Mixed Media, Haute Dish Magazine, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota

1984: First Place, Visual Art Scholarship, Portfolio submission, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California


2022: Art Loft – bore’al, “My Philip”, St. Paul, MN 

2020: Solo Gallery Exhibition — Julia Jaakola Watercolors were featured from July 1 – August 31, 2020. Cloquet Pine Knot Newspaper Lobby, 122 Ave C, Cloquet, MN 55720

2020: Solo Gallery Exhibition — Julia Jaakola Watercolors, solo gallery exhibition , Rum River Art Center, changed to an on-line only store. Anoka, MN. June 6 – July 1, 2020.

2019-2020: Minnesota Landscapes. Julia Jaakola’s Watercolor painting “Churning Tides at Glensheen”  Exclusive Watercolor work featured among the 39 other oil works, OPM members Exhibit, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, MN

2018, 2019: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Spring Salon, Gallery at Zeller Studio, Hopkins, MN

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: Minnesota Watercolor Society, Spring Juried Exhibitions, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

2015-2019 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Gift Shop, my original paintings and prints, Fridley, MN

2015: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Gallery, “Tornado, The Art of Remembering,” Fridley, MN

2014: Original Paintings Exhibition, Blaine City Hall, Blaine, MN

2016, 2022: Encore! Performing Arts Center and Gallery, Cloquet, MN

2012, 2013, 2014: Krista Artista Art Gallery, Anoka, Minnesota

2011, 2012: Skyline Art Gallery and Gift Shop, Duluth Minnesota


2021: Feature Watercolor Instructor and Speaker – Inaugural Washburn Plein Air Festival, Washburn Cultural Center, Washburn, WI

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022: North Artists’ Studio Crawl, Anoka County, MN

2021: Honey Bee Festival: Oldenburg Arts Foundation, Oldenburg House, Carlton, MN

2017, 2019, 2021: Loring Park Art Festival, Outdoor Painters of MN, MPLS, MN

2016, 2015: Cloquet Art Fair, Big Lake Golf Club, Cloquet, MN