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.

Upcoming Shows

Dianne Novak & Patricia Undis: August 14, 2021 – September 7, 2021
Franny Hyde & Tanya Tiatz: September 11, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Call for Entry – Autumn in Anoka: October 9, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Rum River Handweavers Guild: November 6, 2021 – November 28, 2021
Holiday Show & Shop: December 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Larry Weinberg: January 8, 2022 – January 30, 2022
Heather Barr: February 5, 2022 – February 27, 2022
Carol Strait: March 5, 2022 – March 27, 2022
Call for Entry: April 2, 2022 – April 24, 2022
Student Art Show: April 30, 2022 – May 22, 2022
Wou Browne: June 4, 2022 – June 26, 2022

Gallery Hours

Monday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: Call Ahead

July Gallery Show: Abstract in Motion

Rumriver Art Center will be hosting a new art show titled Abstract in Motion in its gallery (2665 4th Ave, Suite 103A, Anoka, MN).  The show opening is Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 2pm-4pm.

The gallery show will feature the artwork of artist and mentor, Jerry Jorgenrud and his mentee, Bill Hogan. They participated in Rumriver Art Center’s 2020-2021 Emerging Artist Mentorship Program for Older Adults Ages 55+. The purpose of the artist mentorship program is to provide older adults who never had the opportunity to find their artistic voice during their youth a chance to explore and find it now.

Applicants selected one medium they wanted to focus on during their mentorship experience, and they were paired with a local artist who is very skilled and experienced with their selected medium. The mentors and mentees met together multiple times a month at or outside the art center over a nine-month period. Mentors helped their mentee develop as an artist through assessing their strengths and weaknesses as well as through collaboration, the implementation of strategies, and evaluation along the way. Mentees worked with their mentors to set goals for themselves and for their work.

This gallery show is a culminating event that showcases the artwork, growth, and accomplishments that took place during the mentorship program experience. Both Jerry Jorgenrud (Mentor) and Bill Hogan (Mentee) will be displaying their work in a shared gallery show.

About Jerry Jorgenrud: Vincent Van Gogh’s quote, “I believe that at present we must paint nature’s rich and magnificent aspects; we need good cheer and happiness, hope and love” has never been truer for Jerry. From an early age, drawing has helped Jerry solve problems. He attended Minneapolis College of Art & Design and Iowa State University. He is an artist with 40+ years of related work experience, as well as portfolio of varied accomplishments, including exhibitions, and academic achievements. Jerry uses watercolor and pencils almost exclusively. His inspiration comes almost exclusively from an emotional response to color, rarely from response to form. Almost all of his response to inspiration comes from his imagination and rarely from “reality”. Color and form determine his reaction to his painting. The basic theme connecting Jerry’s paintings is how the world would look after a nuclear winter.

About Bill Hogan: Bill has been part of some form of art since the 9th grade where he was involved in a Freshman theatre workshop. He did everything from building and painting the scenery to the lighting. After high school, he attended St. Cloud State University and majored in technical theater. At the recommendation of his instructor, he enrolled in art classes to learn about color. 

In a roundabout way after college, Bill wound up as a dental lab technician and was considered an expert in the artistic color of teeth.  Retirement left him with time and a need for art. During the mentorship program, Bill worked with his mentor, Jerry to explore and experiment with abstract art using pen and ink and watercolor painting. We are very proud and excited to feature Jerry Jorgenrud’s and Bill Hogan’s talents in our art gallery. Please join us in the celebration of their work. The show will be on display through August 9, 2021.

August Gallery Show: Finding the Light

Rumriver Art Center is hosting the third in its series of mentorship program gallery shows, opening on Saturday, August 14 from 2pm – 4pm.

This new show, called “Finding the Light,” will feature the works of teaching artist and mentor, Patricia Undis, and her mentee, Dianne Novak. The artwork featured represents the year long journey of two artists — Pat finding the light in everyday scenes of her hometown of charming Anoka, and Dianne seeing the light of God’s Word throughout nature. They chose acrylic paint for their primary medium, and Pat has also added oil paint to many of her paintings.

Both Pat and Dianne found the program and mentor/mentee relationship very beneficial. They developed the habit of painting and consistent production, each producing around 20 pieces. They both left each week’s session with goals for the following week. But those meetings also gave them time to explore techniques and ideas. They lifted one another through self-doubts and pushed each other to stretch for new goals.

The Rumriver Art Center’s mentorship program offered financial support to these artists, allowing them to try new materials and improve their tools. “And knowing I would have an opportunity to show my work at the end was a great motivator,” said Dianne.

Pat Undis is an accomplished painter, with more than 60 gallery show awards, including numerous “Best in Show” and “Awards of Excellence.” She has been employed in art for over 40 years. Pat has taught art for decades, so she was very comfortable with her role as mentor. But she also enjoyed participating in the program. “The accountability was good for both of us,” Pat says. “But we truly like one another, so we’ve had a lot of fun together.” That mix of work and fun led Pat and Dianne through a year-long journey of shared discoveries, making this a powerful experience for them both.

Dianne Novak had never painted before taking her first class at Rumriver Art Center in 2018. She is a writer and published author, but had a dream of trying a visual style of storytelling. She found writing and painting have many similarities — moving from a chaotic beginning to a focused result, self-editing, and more. The mentorship program has helped her develop skills she’d just begun to learn in the classes. “Pat has really encouraged me to be more confident in my art,” Dianne says. “And the discipline of regular painting and showing my work have kept me focused.”

Pat and Dianne will lead a painting workshop in Color Schemes on Saturday, August 21 (Register Here). They will also have an evening in the gallery with a Meet the Artist session on Thursday, August 26 from 6pm – 7:30 pm. The gallery show will run through September 7.

Past Shows

  • Vitality Arts Gallery Show: June 16, 2018 – July 11, 2018
  • Rum River Handweavers Guild 2018 Exhibition: November 3, 2018 – December 1, 2018
  • Rumriver Art Center Holiday Show and Shop: December 12, 2018 – January 5, 2019
  • A Sense of Place – The Art of Paul T. Boecher: January 12, 2019 – February 16, 2019
  • Student Art Show – The Art of Rumriver Art Center Students: February 23, 2019 – March 23, 2019
  • Artists Del Norte Spring Show: March 30, 2019 – April 27, 2019
  • Vitality Arts Students Show: June 8, 2019 – July 13, 2019
  • A Creativity of Muses – The Art of Delayne Hostetler: July 20, 2019 – August 17, 2019
  • Rusty Fork – The Art of Kevin Eldstrom: August 24, 2019 – September 28, 2019
  • Spread The Undead: October 12, 2019 – October 31, 2019
  • Handweavers Guild – Weaving From The Heart: November 2, 2019 – November 30, 2019
  • Vitality Arts Students Show: December 7, 2019 – December 13, 2019
  • Rumriver Art Center Holiday Show and Shop: December 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020
  • Acrylic Painting & Plein Air Painting Club: January 11, 2020 – February 12, 2020
  • Thru the Years – The Art of Pam Devine: February 15, 2020 – March 11, 2020
  • Sunshine Artists Show: March 2020 – May 30, 2020
  • The Art of Julia Jaakola: June 6, 2020 – July 1, 2020
  • Mentorship Program Show: July 11, 2020 – August 7, 2020
  • Vitality Arts Virtual Gallery Show: Spring 2020
  • Vitality Arts Virtual Gallery Show: Summer 2020
  • Rumriver Art Center Holiday Show and Shop: November 2020 – February 2021
  • Vitality Arts Virtual Gallery Show: Winter 2021
  • Vitality Arts Virtual Gallery Show: Spring 2021
  • Student Art Show 2021: May 22, 2021 – June 11, 2021
  • Anita Cholewa & Cheryl Barr: June 19, 2021 – July 12, 2021

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