Jan Johansen 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.

Thank you so much to Jan Johansen for your generous donation and for sponsoring our art gallery!

Upcoming Shows

  • Deanna Hartmann, Joel Barr & Cheryl Barr – Generations: Saturday, February 10, 2024 – Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • Rum River Hand Weavers Guild – Color and Weave: Saturday, March 16, 2024 – Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • Layl McDill: Saturday, April 20, 2024 – Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • Diane Luckett: Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Summer Call for Entry: Saturday, June 15, 2024 – Saturday, July 6, 2024
  • Larry Weinberg: Saturday, July 13, 2024 – Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • RRAC Student Show: Saturday, August 10, 2024 – Saturday, September 7, 2024
  • RRAC Clay Community: Saturday, September 14, 2024 – Saturday, October 5, 2024
  • Fall Call for Entry: 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)

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: Generations

Rumriver Art Center will present a new gallery show titled: Generations. The show’s opening will take place at the Jan Johansen Gallery (2665 4th Ave, Suite 103A) on Saturday, February 10, from 2-4. This show will exhibit the artwork of Cheryl Barr, Joel Barr, and Deanna Hartman. Three generations of one family in one gallery show. Cheryl Barr will host a Meet the Artist on Thursday, February 15 from 11:30-1:30. The whole family will be giving an artist talk on Friday, February 16 at 6pm in the gallery.
This show will exhibit the art of Cheryl Barr, Joel Barr, and Deanna Hartman. They represent three generations of creative expression. They will showcase a history of how each generation was inspired by the other, including pieces made while doing art together, still life’s, ceramics, plein air painting, time at the Atelier, and beyond. This will be an intimate look at a family of artists, showing how creativity was fostered through the years and has grown and spread through art education and continued art practice.
Cheryl Barr says, “Since childhood I have enjoyed drawing and painting. Now I am a freelance artist, illustrator, instructor, and book designer.” Currently she works primarily in watercolor but also enjoys oil, acrylic, pastel, ink, TomBow markers, and pencil (colored and graphite). “Capturing life’s tender moments brings me great joy.”
Joel Barr says, “Art has always been a part of my life. As a kid I drew the things I wanted to see or things I just wanted in general. As a teen, it gave me an identity as an artist because everybody wants to be known for something, and I was way too short for basketball! As an adult, my artistic abilities have been put to work on various projects – signs, airbrush work and other commercial art commissions.”
Deanna Hartman says, “Creativity must run in my genes because, since I could hold a pencil, I have been making art. From sitting at the kitchen table playing the scribble game and drawing wacky characters with my dad, Joel Barr, to learning watercolor and sewing from my grandma, Cheryl Barr, these experiences laid the foundation for my love of art. I now share that passion with others, teaching at the Rum River Art Center and beyond.”
Join us for glimpses of their art experiences, inspirations, and works together. They hope this encourages you to find connections of common threads within your families.
Generations will remain in the Jan Johansen Gallery through March 9, 2024.

Next Gallery Show: Color and Weave

Rumriver Art Center will present a new gallery show titled: Color and Weave. This show features weavings from The Rum River Handweavers Guild. The show’s opening will take place at the Jan Johansen Gallery (2665 4th Ave, Suite 103A) on Saturday, March 16, from 2-4. The artists will also be hosting an Artist Talk/Demo on Saturday, March 23 at 1pm, as well as Meet the Artists on Saturdays April 6 and 13 from 1-3pm. These are events where attendees will learn about the artists’ process and weaving as an artform.
The title of this exhibit, Color and Weave, has two dimensions. First, the words themselves are common among fiber artists as they envision their creations. Color is often a primary consideration for artists. Weave is a way of working with fiber to create a fabric. Secondly, the phrase Color and Weave is used to define certain effects of repeating patterns created by alternating contrasting colors both in the warp (threads on the loom) and in the weft (threads woven through the warp). Several of the weavings in this exhibit use Color and Weave effects. All the weavings demonstrate the use of color and of weave.
Many different types of looms were used to create this exhibit, such as rigid heddle looms, table looms, floor looms, inkle looms, and tapestry looms. Some weavings are done without traditional looms, such as card weaving, and gourd weaving.
Rum River Handweavers Guild began as the North Area Weavers in the fall of 2013. The group became more formally organized in 2016-2017, and the name was changed. The mission of the Rum River Handweavers is to share knowledge, gain and preserve information, and seek inspiration among friends leading to creativity in the development and execution of our handweaving. We enjoy sharing our love of fiber arts. For more information about the Rum River handweavers Guild, email rrhguild@gmail.com. New members are always welcome.
Color and Weave will remain in the Jan Johansen Gallery through Saturday April 13, 2024. All events are free and open to the public.

Past Shows

2024 Shows
2023 Shows
  • Chad Niemeyer – An Exploration of the Temporary Permanence of Us: January 2023
  • Call for Entry – The Art of a Face: March 2023
  • Glenn Allenspach – Photography and Pots: April 2023
  • RRAC Student Show: May 2023
  • Connie Beckers – Rock, Glass, Solder: June 2023
  • Rumriver Art Center’s Summer Call for Entry – Home Is Where Your Heart Is: July 2023
  • Elizabeth Coleman – Flower Girl and Friends: (Mostly) New Work by Elizabeth Coleman: August 2023
  • Rumriver Art Center Teaching Artists: September 2023
  • Frankenstein – Fall Call for Entry: October 2023
  • Holiday Show and Shop: November 2023
2022 Shows
  • The Undersea World of Larry Weinberg: January 2022
  • Heather Barr: February 2022
  • Carol Strait: March 2022
  • Student Art Show 2022: April 2022
  • All About Birds: Saturday, April 2022
  • Snapshots of a Mind Set Free (Cherene Bebeau and Christine Tauer Mentorship Show): July 2022
  • Garden of Artful Delights (Franny Hyde & Ann Phillipi Mentorship Show): August 2022
  • Call for Entry – Wild About Water: September 2022
  • Chris Bowman – Chilling: October 2022
  • Patti Hartwell – Uncovering Herself as an Artist: November 2022
  • Holiday Show & Shop: December 2022
2021 Shows
2020 Shows
2019 Shows
  • A Sense of Place – The Art of Paul T. Boecher: January 2019
  • Student Art Show – The Art of Rumriver Art Center Students: February 2019
  • Artists Del Norte Spring Show: March 2019
  • Vitality Arts Students Show: June 2019
  • A Creativity of Muses – The Art of Delayne Hostetler: July 2019
  • Rusty Fork – The Art of Kevin Eldstrom: August 2019
  • Spread The Undead: October 2019
  • Handweavers Guild – Weaving From The Heart: November 2019
  • Vitality Arts Students Show: December 2019
  • Rumriver Art Center Holiday Show and Shop: December 2019
2018 Shows