The Sower Gallery, administered through Spirit in the House, opened in 2015 as part of an Arts Ministry of Shepherd of the Hill Church, in Chaska, MN. It is spacious, well lighted, and handicapped accessible. The gallery is housed in the Gathering Space as you enter the church, and is open while shows are running during the following times. If you are interested in purchasing art or books, please note the sales times below. Any additional hours or changes will be listed here or on the Facebook posts.
- Monday: 10am-2pm (viewing only, no sales)
- Tuesday: 10am-5pm (sales only from 10-12 and 2-5pm)
- Wednesday: 10am-5pm (sales 2-5pm)
- Thursday: 10am-5pm (sales 2-5pm)
- Friday: 10am-2pm (viewing and sales)
- Saturday: 12-3pm (viewing and sales)
- Sunday: 10am-1pm (viewing and sales)
Both established and emergent artists can show the work here, without a fee. The gallery has been open since October of 2015, and has had several shows since then, both group themed shows and solo shows of individual artists. Calls to Artists are made periodically on the gallery’s website, through the Arts Consortium of Carver County website, and through individual contacts and invitations from the gallery director and staff. Gallery staff members are responsive to new artists’ initiating contact, and this process has often led to the inclusion of fresh and interesting art.
Submitted art is selected for showing by the gallery director and gallery preparator. When the jurying process for selecting art to be in shows involves more than gallery staff, artists will be informed about the process and the results. The gallery publicizes shows through the newspaper, flyers, social media, and email artists and client lists. Each show has an Opening or an Artist’s Reception, with refreshments, coordinated and hosted by the Gallery Director. Artists often contribute food offerings to these events.
Artists may show their work as for sale, or not for sale. Work in a show can be sold on behalf of the artist by gallery staff, or by direct contact with the artist as facilitated by the gallery. The artist receives 75% of the sale price. Twenty-five percent of the sale price is shared between the church (15%) for its ongoing missions and the gallery (10%). Maintenance and development of the gallery does not depend on funds from Shepherd of the Hill, which has already provided its space at almost no cost. Besides 10% of sales, the gallery, as a project of the non-profit organization Spirit in the House, operates on volunteer time and on donations from visitors and other supporters.
The gallery has also been requested for other events, such as authors’ readings, and book launchings. Music has been part of some gallery events, and worked well in the space. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in hosting an event at the gallery.