16 First St. SW
Rochester Minnesota 55902United States
Free to look at the art, not to own it, of course!
Midwest Living Recommends
Rochester has a lot of great shopping, but for truly original finds, visit this downtown co-op operated by 75 southeast Minnesota artists.
An impressive shopping corridor runs underneath downtown Rochester, and you'll find classy clothes, pretty accessories, coffee, chocolate and gift items there. But above ground, Semva Art Gallery shines because all of the handmade pieces reflect inspiration from the local landscape. You'll find note cards, photography, watercolors, sculptures, paper collages, fiber arts, rosaries, wool scarves and much more in this shop located across the street from the Kahler Grand Hotel and just outside the University Place shopping mall. The artists take turns working the front desk and are eager to share the stories behind the pieces, whether you happen to admire one of their own or just linger over something created by one of their colleagues. Prices range from a few dollars for a handmade note card to hundreds of dollars for painted and framed landscapes. In a city grappling daily with treating ill visitors, the shop brims with a welcome nature-inspired vitality that we found most welcoming.