There is Prince, Bob Dylan, F. Scott Fitzgerald–names synonymous with artistry in Minnesota. But there is a place just down Grand Avenue, that brings in the work of those with less name recognition but astounding talent and impeccable ambitions to create something that is truly theirs.
At the Grand Hand Gallery, Ann Ruhr Pifer, owner and lover of American art, started something that brings in pieces from all over the country under one roof to create an attestation for what is American, what is Minnesotan and what is beautiful.
In 2004, Pifer brought a greater understanding to this work by creating Grand Hand in an effort to bring authenticity into the space. As she likes to put it, she transports the “hand of the artist” into the gallery to display techniques and processes to each piece that brings even a novice into better understanding and appreciation of the artist’s mindset.
So strolling down Grand on a summer afternoon, it’s worth a stop and someday artists like Tom Tyler, Ann Jenkins, Kerry Vesper and more may become household names. At the Grand Hand they are already good friends and stepping through the front door, you can feel the effort in every brush stroke, every fine cut and every rivet in the clay that connects the artist to us all.