The Grand Hand Gallery was opened in August, 2004 in St. Paul, MN by owner Ann Ruhr Pifer based on her love of fine American craft. The gallery’s second location opened in June, 2012 in Napa, CA. The artwork featured in the gallery reflects Ann’s 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 Northern California, 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, corporate services and on-site consultations.
In the Press
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” and “Best New Gallery” by NICHE Magazine; “Cities Best” artisan gallery by Midwest Home); “Best of the Twin Cities” by Minnesota Monthly; and “Best of MN” by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (May, 2012)
“…by far the Twin Cities’ richest source of fine craft.” –Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 17, 2006
“Art lovers will find that the fine work at this gallery is both affordable and irresistible. “ –Betsy Mowry, Pulse of the Twin Cities, September 13, 2006
The collection at The Grand Hand is constantly changing and evolving, so please stop by often to see what’s new!