21 Step Gallery

The Rumriver Art Gallery was initiated to support and show local artists’ work. One issue many artists experience is where to show their work as gallery space can be limited, especially to those who are just starting. Our mission with the gallery is to support and show the artwork of local artists. The shows are changed every month, providing many opportunities throughout the year for artists to display their work. The Art Gallery brings the community together and creates a greater appreciation for art. Selected artwork may be available for sale.
Being that we are located in a very old building, there are no elevators or escalators. The only way into the 21 Step Gallery is to climb up 18 stairs. We are currently exploring funding options such as grants and fundraisers to get a chair lift installed for the stairway to make this gallery more accessible for everyone.

If you’ve ever counted the stairs on your way up to visit the 21 Step Gallery, you may have tilted your head in confusion as your count abruptly stopped at 18 steps.
Legend has it that Rumriver Art Center Director Larry Weinberg was CERTAIN there were 21 steps. RRAC Co-founder Susan Yee suggested it was 18.
Susan was correct.
But being the fun, quirky Art Center RRAC is, Larry’s certainty was honored with the title: 21 Step Gallery.
Larry suggests that it remained the 21 Step Gallery to honor Susan’s birthday, which falls on the ’21st,’ and that 21 is a popular and memorable number.

Upcoming Shows

  • MaryLeah Marshall – Themes from Nature: A Collection: Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Rachel Coyne – Rock and Rollerskate: Saturday, June 15, 2024 – Wednesday, July 3, 2024
  • Jerry Jorgenrud: Saturday, July 13, 2024 – Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • Carol Colins: Saturday, September 14, 2024 – Saturday, October 5, 2024
  • Emma Ahart: Saturday, October 12, 2024 – Saturday, November 9, 2024
  • Holiday Show and Shop: Saturday, November 16, 2024 – Saturday, January 4, 2025

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm and select Saturdays (see info below each show)
We will be closed Thursday 7/4 and Friday 7/5.

Someone may be available beyond those hours. Please call 763-323-8830 or e-mail sales@rumriverart.com first to make arrangements if you would like to view the gallery outside of our office hours.

Next Gallery Show: Rock and Rollerskate

Rumriver Art Center will present a new gallery show titled: Rock and Rollerskate by Rachel Coyne. The gallery opening will take place in the 21 Step Gallery (2665 4th Ave, Suite 201) on Saturday, June 15 from 2pm-4pm. The gallery show will feature acrylic paintings on paper reminiscing about roller skating. Rachel will also host an Artist Talk on Saturday, June 29 from 1pm-2pm where attendees can meet her, learn about her life as an artist, and the creative process she uses in creating her artwork. These events are free and open to the public.
Rachel Coyne is a writer and painter. Roller skating at Cheapskate as a kid remains some of her favorite memories of childhood. As a skater she favored white skates with large pink pom poms. Her tastes today remain largely the same, though she acknowledges that 80’s nostalgia is actually more fun than the 80’s really were.
This show is about the colors, the freedom, and the fun of roller skating. The images evoke nostalgia of 60’s-80’s skating rinks, awesome music, and young love.
Rock and Rollerskate is a fun show for all to stop by and see. The gallery hours after the show opening are Monday – Friday from 10-3, Saturday, June 22 from 9:30-3 and Saturday, June 29 from 9:30-1. This show will be on display through July 3, 2024.

Past Shows

  • Surelle Schewe – The Stories She Tells: Saturday, September 10, 2022 – Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Call for Entry – World of Anime: Saturday, October 8, 2022 – Saturday, October 29, 2022
  • Paul Hanson – Portraits in Watercolor: Saturday, November 5, 2022 – Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Sanjukta Mitra – Spiritus: Saturday, January 7, 2023 – Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Danniella Mortezaee – Love Always: Saturday, February 4, 2023 – Saturday, February 25, 2023
  • Val Coopet – Faces and Places: Saturday, March 4, 2023 – Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • Montana Becker – Prone to Wander: Saturday, April 1, 2023 – Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Kenya Latourneau – Kenya Letourneau’s Kreations!: Saturday, June 3, 2023 – Saturday, July 29, 2023
  • Juanita Tatum – Exploring Emotions Through Faces: Saturday, August 5, 2023 – Saturday, September 30, 2023
  • Britt Maki – Don’t Be Hasty: Saturday, October 7, 2023 – Saturday, November 4, 2023
  • Holiday Show and Shop: Saturday, November 18, 2023 – Saturday, December 30, 2023
  • Margarita Stantchevski – Beauty and More: Saturday, February 10, 2024 – Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • Joel Springer – Finding My Voice: Saturday, March 16, 2024 – Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • Lynelle Kocher – Bits and Places: Saturday, April 20, 2024 – Saturday, May 11, 2024