About Gallery 96
Early in 1998 a small group of people from the suburbs interested in the visual arts, gathered around the kitchen table of Tomi McClellan to complete plans for a non-profit art center. Today that kitchen conversation has grown into an active, vigorous organization to promote art education in the community and give emerging artists a venue to share their art. Some of our accomplished include:
There have been twenty seven art exhibitions in the Shoreview Ramsey County Library. It is estimated conservatively that over 15,000 people (children and adults) have seen the art exhibitions in past twelve years. Over 300 artists have had their work displayed in the library since 1998 and received $8,500 in awards. Now Gallery 96 artists can show their work in the elegant showcases in the remodeled Shoreview Community Center.
Judging the Exhibitions
Gallery 96 has been fortunate to have accomplished artist-educators from such institutions as the University of Minnesota, Bethel College, College of Visual Arts, Concordia College and professionals from the business world of art serve as jurors.
Gallery 96 has sponsored special events and programs for children and with the Shoreview Library co-sponsored a children's art show inspired by reading. Gallery 96 with Artists Circle sponsors an Art/Craft Fair in the Shoreview Community Center each fall.
Support for Gallery 96
The organization is especially grateful for the ongoing support of the Shoreview City Council and for the cooperation of the Shoreview Ramsey County Library. Also corporations and organizations such as the Craighead Family Foundation, the Shoreview Foundation, Target, Medtronic Foundation, Lutheran Brotherhood, the Shoreview Village Mall, Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club, the Golden Key Kiwanis Club and the Deluxe Foundation have supported special exhibitions.