An idea held by four artists to fill a need has now evolved into a highly respected and much welcomed facility through which local and regional artists and artisans can have their works featured.
These local artists, discouraged by the lack of facility through which to show and sell their work, as well as the work of other artists and craftspeople in town, brainstormed and came up with the idea of starting an "artist-run, non-profit" gallery. Sally Burns, Peggy Michels, Elsa Kosola and Lise Sorensen worked at finding space and money to start up such a gallery.
The Voyageur Mall owner very generously provided rent-free space downstairs in the newly developed Voyageur Mall on Main Street.
Other than for the time that a summer student is employed (always dependent on funding availability), the Gallery operates strickly on a volunteer basis for the balance of the year. Despite this dependency on volunteers, the Gallery is open the majority of the year and usually only closes for the setting up of new shows - a tribute to the volunteer spirit in this community.