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. CLICK HERE to see the gallery art for sale.

Mentorship Program Gallery Show

The art gallery show opened on Saturday, July 11, from 2pm-5pm.

The gallery show features the artwork of teaching artist and mentor, Angie Renee and her mentee, Lora Snyder. Rumriver Art Center began an artist mentorship program for older adults ages 55+ in October 2019. 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 once a week at 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 Angie Renee (Mentor) and Lora Snyder (Mentee) will be displaying their work in a shared gallery show.

About Angie Renee (Mentor)
Angie Renee has been creating art her whole life. She graduated from the University of WI – River Falls with an emphasis on clay and photography and a minor in art history. She had a studio at Northern Clay Center for 20 years and has been a teaching artist for 18 years. Her creative life for the last 20 years was primarily clay, though that has now changed a bit for this show.

The title of Angie’s show is Transformation: My Life with Birds. This is an instillation piece and a healing story. The work in this show is part clay, part painting, and part words. It is a show about listening to the messages from the birds during a very turbulent time in her life. Some of the work is realistic and some is abstract. It was all created by listening deeply to what she was to create next. Angie was inspired by journal entries, poems that she and others wrote, and the birds that flew in and out of her life during this time. This artwork is about the journey of paying attention to what was guiding her through a rough patch.

About Lora Snyder (Mentee)
Lora Snyder has been creating art for a little over a year. Her artistic journey began when she took a wheel throwing pottery class at Rumriver Art Center. Lora’s main focus for her art is clay. She enjoys making functional pottery because she likes that it is useful and has purpose. She loves creating beautiful pieces for home use. Lora likes the uniqueness of glazing, which allows her to make all of her functional pottery pieces look different. Lora is grateful for the staff at Rumriver Art Center for the opportunity to be a part of the mentorship program. She enjoys being part of an art center that has a strong community of artists that meet and work together. The title of Lora’s show is Functional Pottery: Using Art Everyday.

The gallery show will be open in the Rumriver Art Center Gallery until August 7.

Vitality Arts Virtual Gallery Show

The Vitality Arts virtual gallery show is a photo/video slideshow of the artwork that participants created over the Vitality Arts 8 week watercolor, intermediate acrylic painting, and hand-built pottery classes. The classes ran from early May 2020 through the end of June 2020.

The Vitality Arts program is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in older adults. Classes are geared and designed to improve the health, well-being, and renewed sense of purpose for adults ages 55 and older.

Upcoming Shows

  • Mentorship Program Show: July 11, 2020 – August 7, 2020
  • Rum River Handweavers Guild: November 2020

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

Want to show your artwork in our gallery? CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION