Reflections on the Grand Opening

Last September our new gallery, Chisholm Valley Wildlife Art held its grand opening. We held it on the Saturday and Sunday of the first two weekends of that month. My son Eric and his fiancé Marissa were married in Rochester on Friday, so needless to say, it was a very busy weekend. The show itself was a great success, far better than we could have asked for. People began to arrive even before we officially opened the doors. The first Saturday was busy and every following day seemed to bring even more people. We don’t have a good count on how many, but I would guess somewhere over 750. We do know that there were people here from at least 10 different states. Friends and relatives from near and far as well as many people from the local area were there. There were also hunting buddies, gallery owners, a few artist friends, former in-laws but no known outlaws, old classmates and even some of the nuns who were my teachers a lifetime ago. Sales also were far greater than we could have asked for…except for the nuns of course. All in all it was an exhausting couple of weekends, but very successful. Reminiscent of some of the shows from the past when wildlife art was super hot.

Many people helped to make this show a success and we would like to thank them here. They are:

Bill Frutiger
Andy Jasik
Collin and Austin Johnson
Todd Grimes
Chris Knutson
Hannah Sieve
Heather Sieve

And most of all I would like to thank my wife Juli, who did an amazing job of planning, inventory, sales, greeting people with her ever present smile, her constant unwavering support as we planned this show, and for making my life so much easier and better.

Many thanks to all,


Press release for grand opening

Michael Sieve is pleased to announce the opening of his new gallery, Chisholm Valley Wildlife Art. This gallery features Sieve’s originals, prints, and sculptures. It is located in the picturesque hill country of southeast Minnesota and is the culmination of a lifelong dream of Sieve’s to have his own art gallery.

Sieve began his career as a wildlife artist in 1979 and has since become recognized as one of the top big game artists in the country. Together with his publisher Wild Wings he has produced over 150 limited edition prints and has helped raise millions of dollars for conservation organizations. His works can be found in museums and private and public collections throughout the country.

The gallery itself has the look and feel of an old English gunroom and is meant to be a showpiece for wildlife art. The land, 185 acres with hardwood-covered hills, a valley, and a trout stream, is meant to be a showpiece of conservation practices in southeast Minnesota.

This fall Sieve and his wife Juli will be inviting the public to join them at their grand opening. This opening will take place on the first two weekends of September, and after that the gallery will be open by appointment. The gallery is located halfway between Houston and Rushford, just off Chisholm Road. The address is 22388 Daley Creek Drive, Rushford, MN 55971. For more information about Sieve and his work, please visit the website or the Facebook page Michael Sieve – Chisholm Valley Wildlife Art. Sieve can also be contacted at (507) 421-2527.

Grand Opening Hours:
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 3:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, 12:00-6:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 12:00-6:00 pm
Sunday Sept. 13, 2015, 12:00-6:00 pm