About the Gallery

Grand Micro Gallery, located in the heart of the Snelling-Hamline neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, is an art gallery and shop that offers a variety of creations from local and national artists. The idea of the Gallery began in Owner Rachael Hartzler's mind after hosting several successful Grand Micro Art Fairs from her home on Grand Avenue - very close to the current space. Visitors to these art fairs expressed interest and support for a more permanent opportunity to see and shop Rachael's curated selection of pieces... and so Rachael and her husband Jim began pursuit of this dream. 

The team knew they wanted to maintain their small intimate format, and so the search for Gallery space began. After several inquiries, they found a small space in the lower level of the boutique "Spoils of Wear" - a family owned clothing store that offers socially and environmentally conscious brands from all over the world. They felt their businesses, values and ideal customers were aligned and the location near the intersection of Snelling and Selby Aves in St Paul was ideal. In October, 2021, Rachael and Jim began the process of building out the Gallery Space on the lower level below Spoils of Wear and Cahoots Coffee Bar

Rachael, in addition to being the owner of the Grand Micro Gallery, is an artist - specializing in ink line drawings. Having participated in several art fairs as a creator and small business owner, she has a deep understanding of what it takes to bring art from the creator's inspiration to the point of sale for art enthusiasts. "I love watching customers discover new artists and pieces of work! That experience, combined with wanting to prove a curated collection of art that includes price ranges for everyone, is what drove me to create this new gallery." It may be micro in terms of space, but is truly grand in scale and interest to community members! 

We are so thankful for the supporting partners that we've had along the way! Jill from Spoils of Wear, Jen Hanlon Ash who was our Chief Merchandising person during the opening process, and Jenny Edstrom from LittleBox Social who helped us stay on track with our website and social!

Enjoy some photos from our transformation from the basement to a joyful and bright gallery full of treasures from artists! 

Before After