The Grand Hand Gallery was opened in August, 2004 by owner Ann Ruhr Pifer as the Twin Cities only gallery of fine American craft. The artwork featured in the gallery reflects her particular affinity for work that conveys a strong sense of authenticity – that shows “the hand of the artist” at work; the processes used to create each piece; and frequently the influence of the particular time or place in which the artist was working.
The gallery carries the work of artists and craftspeople from across the country, with a particular emphasis on those from the Upper Midwest, and offers a wide variety of media, including clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber and jewelry. Approximately six times per year, the gallery highlights the work of two or more artists in a special exhibition. All of the work in these shows is for sale in the gallery. In addition to online shopping, we welcome inquiries regarding the work of the gallery artists, and can send photos and prices via e-mail upon request. We ship items anywhere in the continental U.S. and offer gift-wrapping, framing, corporate services and on-site consultations.
Grand Hand has been featured in the magazines Minnesota Monthly, Minneapolis/St. Paul,Midwest Home, American Craft, The Crafts Report, and St. Paul Illustrated. The gallery was named a “Top Retailer” (2007 and 2008) and “Best New Gallery” (2007) by NICHE Magazine; “Cities Best” artisan gallery by Midwest Home (2008, 2011); and “Best of the Twin Cities” by Minnesota Monthly (2007, 2010, 2011).
Located at the East end of St. Paul’s historic Grand Avenue, The Grand Hand is just one half mile from the heart of downtown St. Paul. Grand Avenue is home to an eclectic assortment of retail stores, restaurants and specialty shops, and is surrounded by the Crocus Hill, Summit Hilland Ramsey Hill neighborhoods of grand turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. (For more information on St Paul or to plan your next visit the Saint Paul Official Convention & Visitors Authority.)
“…by far the Twin Cities’ richest source of fine craft.”
–Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 17, 2006