River Gallery, a 14 year artist co-operative gallery, is an artful gem in the small town of Independence.   In October 1998, the gallery began in a tiny space around the corner from their current location – there for only three months, River Gallery moved to its’ current location at 184 S Main Street and that tiny space is now (more appropriately) a sandwich shop.

Fifty-seven artists are represented at River Gallery and seven of them are part of the original founding group.  Thirteen of the artists run the gallery and are known as “partners,” doing everything from curating shows, hosting receptions, to cleaning.  There are seven associate members and more than forty guest artists!

River Gallery hosts monthly exhibits – a focus show and a window show.   July’s Focus Show features the work of Carol Chapel and the window show features Jim Ransom’s ceramics.

Ransom is a local Salem potter and has been working in clay since 1974. He works in stoneware, Raku, and porcelain.  Chapel, a gallery partner, is a painter and printmaker.  Carol believes that “…drawing is the foundation of painting and printmaking.”  In choosing her media she says “…[it] depends on the tale to be told.  I enjoy making marks!  Art is a Journey.”

In addition to their monthly shows, River Gallery also provides opportunities for local artists with special shows.  Beginning in their second year of business, the Annual Wild Women show has become immensely popular among Willamette Valley artists.  “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is the next juried show and it runs in August.  There is a current “Call to Artists” for this show with a deadline of July 7, 2013 – go to their website for the details!

Located at 184 S. Main St, Independence, River Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  (503) 838-6171 rivergalleryart.com

Surrounded by historic buildings, antique stores, and good restaurants, River Gallery offers an eclectic blend of fine arts and crafts for every budget and sensibility. Located just minutes from Salem on the west bank of the Willamette River, a trip to River Gallery makes for a uniquely pleasant art experience.