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

  • 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: Saturday, April 20, 2024 – Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • MaryLeah Marshall: Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Rachel Coyne: Saturday, June 15, 2024 – Saturday, July 6, 2024
  • Jerry Jorgenrud: Saturday, July 13, 2024 – Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • Levi Berg: Saturday, August 10, 2024 – Saturday, September 7, 2024
  • Jeannine Kitzhaber: Saturday, September 14, 2024 – Saturday, October 5, 2024
  • Emma Ahart: Saturday, October 12, 2024 – Saturday, November 9, 2024
  • Carol Colins: Saturday, November 16, 2024 – Saturday, January 4, 2025

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm

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.

Current Gallery Show: Beauty and More

Rumriver Art Center will present a new gallery show titled: Beauty and More. The show’s opening will take place in the 21 Step Gallery (2665 4th Ave, Suite 201) on Saturday, February 10 from 2pm-4pm. The gallery show will feature oil paintings by Champlin artist Margarita Stantchevski. Stantchevski will be hosting an Artist Talk on Saturday, March 2 from 11-12. She will also host a Meet the Artist on Monday, February 19 from 12-1 and Wednesday, February 21 from 11-12 where attendees can meet Margarita and will learn about her as an artist and the creative process she uses in creating her artwork.
Margarita Stantchevski was born in the city of Burgas, Bulgaria. She discovered art at a very young age. Unfortunately, she was unable to pursue her dream of being an artist due to her parents’ decision, instead of being an artist she became a Mechanical Engineer. In 1997 Margarita’s family emigrated to the USA. She worked for General Electric as a technician until she retired in 2012. In 2014 Margarita rediscovered her passion in art. She educated herself through literature and online tutorials, she was drawn to the artwork of Russian painter Igor Sakharov. Margarita started painting in the Impressionist style but evolved into a realist painter. She says “I am a realist painter as I enjoy the difficult elements and complex details in my work. Whether it is an ocean, landscape, portrait or wildlife, the focus of my paintings evolves from what inspires me and what I find unique and beautiful. My art is my voice, a powerful interpretation of my deepest thought, hidden emotions, and strongest desire.
The show opens on Saturday, February 10 from 2-4pm. Margarita Stantchevski will be present at the opening for views to chat with and ask questions. The show will be up through Saturday, March 9, 2024.

Next Gallery Show: Finding My Voice

Rumriver Art Center will present a new gallery show titled: Finding My Voice. The show’s opening will take place in the 21 Step Gallery (2665 4th Ave, Suite 201) on Saturday, March 16, from 2pm-4pm. The gallery show will feature acrylic paintings by Joel Springer. Joel will be hosting an Artist Talk on Saturday, March 23 from 10:30-11:30am. He will also host a Meet the Artist on Wednesday, April 3 from 10-11am where attendees can meet Joel and will learn about him as an artist and the creative process he uses in creating his artwork. These events are free and open to the public.
Joel Springer is an acrylic painter from Nowthen, MN. Joel has had a life-long interest in art and dabbled through the years until his children left home; then had more time to focus on his painting. Joel’s favorite subject is aging buildings. He is attracted to interesting architectural forms. He is drawn to the lines and color he finds in these buildings. Joel paints mainly on pressboard where he often uses old worn tee shirts, along with a paint brush or two, and lots of tape.
Finding My Voice is the title of my show because though there are similarities from in the paintings, typically through subject and medium, my approach and style frequently changes from piece to piece. This show attempts to exhibit works that show some of those varied approaches” Joel explains.
Please stop by and see these amazing paintings.
Finding My Voice is on display through Saturday, April 13, 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