2018 Royal Lady of the Village
Mary Pettis

As a well renowned artist, Mary’s favorite scenes to paint are right here in the St. Croix Valley. She lives in Taylors Falls overlooking the St. Croix River. A winter painting done from the bedroom window of her home, the c. 1850s Platt Walker House, looking south over the river, was a finalist in the ARC International ARC Salon in 2017 and was displayed at a solo exhibition at MN Orchestra Hall in 2017.

Over the years she has conducted numerous painting workshops in MN Interstate Park and around the Angel Hill Historic District and has been teacher and mentor to many local oil painters.

As part of Taylors Falls Lighting Festival, she opened her studio to guests in 2013. Using another one of her talents, she directed the Vespers Chorus for two years during the festival’s 4:30 PM Saturday Vespers Service. Mary used one of her paintings for the Gateway to Emigration celebration in Chisago County which showed the first Swedish party arriving in the 1850s at the lower boat landing (which is now part of MN Interstate State Park). A variety of prints of her work are prominently displayed in many homes. She has also donated several original oil paintings for Taylors Falls Historical Society fund raisers.

Mary Pettis was the 9th American woman painter to be named an ARC Living Master™ by the Art Renewal Center. This distinguished honor is defined, in part, as: …an artist who has mastered all of the building blocks of great art… creating fully professional works of art, as well as some identifiable masterpieces… has successfully created a body of work which demonstrates accomplished facility in their craft that compares to the masters of prior centuries…


The Royal Lady of the Village is a woman who has made significant contributions to Taylors Falls and has been active in promoting Taylors Falls above and beyond the ordinary. The Royal Lady is chosen from nominations made to the committee and is announced the week of the Lighting Festival.

Royal Lady Julie Hildebrand
2012 - Royal Ladies of The Taylors Falls Women's Civic League

2017 Mary Anne Mattson

2016 Sheila Sandell

2015 Kathy Carlsted

2014 Julie Hildebrand

2013 Sandra Berg

2012 The Taylors Falls Women’s Civic League. Active Members: Edna Curry, Joanne Frank, Cynthia Holmberg, Carol Johnson, Annie Lindgren, Geri Nelson, Jean Sampson, Geri Swenson, Priscilla Wegner and Sister Maria Wilson

2011 Barbara Anderson

2010 Mary Murphy

2009 Maryls Breeden

2008 Jeanette Dahlquist

2007 Barbara Anderson (Barb’s Family Hair Care)

2006 Amanda (Amy) Frischmon

2005 Kirsten Anderson

2004 Carol Nelson

2003 Diane Arnold

2002 Deborah Julik-Heine

2001 Linda Sandman

2000 Mary Linehan

1999 Marilyn Rimstead

1998 Jean Sampson

1997 Helen White

1996 Mary Rivard

1995 Ginny Vogt

1994 Edna Curry

1993 LaVon Hanson

1992 Mary Olson

1991 Maggie (Margaret) Olmschenk

1990 Kay Kuschel

1989 Barbara Young

2011 - Royal Lady Barbara Anderson
2011 - Royal Lady Barbara Anderson
Marilyn Rimstead, Royal Lady 1999