Flavia Gag Art Restoration
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
Three original mid-20th-century works of art by Flavia Gag were restored and properly exhibited.
Flavia Gag (1907-1978) was the sister of Wanda Gag, the well-known children’s literature author (Millions of Cats) and artist.
Flavia's books and her paintings were eclipsed by her more famous sister, Wanda, but Flavia developed her own style and medium,
which was unlike either her father (Anton Gag) or her sister.
The Wanda Gag House Association (WGHA) was formed around the home Anton Gag, his wife, and their seven children had resided in, with the mission “to establish and maintain an interpretive center, to interpret Wanda Gag and her extended family and the influence of the arts on area residents, and to collect and preserve physical objects that may relate to the arts of the area and to the history of Wanda Gag and her extended family.”
The house has been meticulously restored to its original Queen Anne style and is currently listed on the National Historic Register. The Association has no salaried employees; volunteers maintain the house and give tours to visitors.
With the addition of the Flavia Gag works, the house will contain examples of the work of three members of the Gag family displayed in the house in which they lived.