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Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal

art-of-darkness-banfill-lockePublic Reception Saturday, July 30, 6-9:00 p.m. 

Exhibition dates July 30 to August 27, 2016 

Extended Hours throughout the run of the exhibition. 

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Also open late on Fridays during the run of the show: 4-8:30 p.m.

Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The exhibition was juried by Darkness Dave and Tim Dennis of Darkness Radio (1130am and syndicated to be heard around the world), and four established artists who work with paranormal themes. Stop in to see this diverse show featuring Bigfoot, zombies, ghosts, UFOs, creepy-crawlies, and more!

Darkness Dave and Tim Dennis, as well as many of the artists and the jurors, will be in attendance for the public reception.

Additional Programming: 

What Exactly is Paranormal Art? Tuesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. Join Banfill-Locke Executive Director Bethany Whitehead, as she hosts a panel of artists featured in the exhibition as they discuss what paranormal art is, how to find source material to inspire, and the challenges of representing the unseen. Free and open to the public.

Paranormal Writing Workshop On August 19 and 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m., we are offering a special writing workshop with writer Jessica Freeburg, author, founder of Ghost Stories, Inc. and former paranormal news correspondent for the paranormal radio program, Darkness Radio. Join Jessica as she takes you through the use of paranormal to inspire your story. Use the Art of Darkness gallery show to flesh out your ideas, take a trip through the Banfill Tavern and feel the energy. Take what you’ve gleaned and write your tale. The second week, gather to share and discuss your stories in Manomin Park. Tuition: $40/ $35 BLCA members

Banfill-Locke Paranormal Investigation On Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., you can explore the mysterious sounds and sights that are common in the Banfill Tavern building. Led by investigators, the Twin Cities Paranormal Society invites you to learn from their expertise and share their equipment. Participation is limited and the experience costs $50 per person. Register online via the Banfill-Locke website:


Participating Artists:

Dim Media (Saint Paul, MN) Emily Bartos (Madison, WI) Susan Boecher (Minneapolis, MN) Michael Boyer (Cincinnati, OH) Karen Bridgeman (Andover, MN) Art Brown (Kingsport, TN) Robin Cagey (Ridgewood, NY) Mellanie Carlsen (Houston, TX) Kyle Caspers (Woodbury, MN) Nicole Collodoro (Saint Paul, MN) Melinda Colmenero (Houston, TX) Sabrina Crowley (Lone Tree, CO) Saber DeMare (Minneapolis, MN) Charles Denton (Saint Paul, MN) Jeff Edwards (Robbinsdale, MN) Bonnie Eenigenburg (Robbinsdale, MN) William Eibner (Saint Paul, MN) Bonnie Elkerton (Shoreview, MN) Sharyn Erickson (Ham Lake, MN) Jeannie Fransen (Tuscon, AZ) Jason Gastelum (Santa Clara, CA) Tari June Goerlitz (Circle Pines, MN) Sarah Golden (Minneapolis, MN) Jeff Gracianette (Nevada City, CA) J. William Grantham (Toronto, ON Canada) Tom Hall (Carrolton, GA) Christine Hanna (Washington, OH) Nicholas Harper (Minneapolis, MN) Angel Hawari (Hopkins, MN) AmyLynne Hermanek (Minneapolis, MN) Jason Hirdler (Minnetrista, MN) Olivia Jakel (Minneapolis, MN) Barbara Johnson (Isanti, MN) Mickey and Jesse Johnson (Anoka, MN) Anne Kleinhenz (Minneapolis, MN) Candy Kuehn (Minneapolis, MN) Anne Leong (Oakland, CA) Sharon Leong (San Francisco, CA) Mariah Masilko (South St. Paul, MN) Douglas Miller (Kings Park, NY) Joyce Nelson Shellhart (Fridley, MN) Steve O’Brien (Crystal, MN) Bunny Portia (Bloomington, MN) Sarah Pugliano (Edmond, OK) Steve Reggiani (Seymour, CT) Kimberly Robello (Alhambra, CA) Mary Ann Rolloff (Bloomington, MN) Kathleen Rustad (Coon Rapids, MN) Beth Ann Ryden (Jamestown, RI) Corey Schjoth (Wausau, WI) Scott Scribner (Cottage Grove, MN) Troy Sitter (Vancouver, BC, Canada) Alan Slacter (Plymouth, MN) Susan Solomon (Saint Paul, MN) Maria Cristina Tavera (Minneapolis, MN) Michael Thomsen, Minneapolis, MN Kim Valles (Miami, FL) Joyce VanderWyst (Arden Hills, MN) Sheri Vangen (Ham Lake, MN) Scott Wentzka (Shoreview, MN) Terri Wentzka (Shoreview, MN) Roger Williamson (Minneapolis, MN)

Jurors Exhibiting Art Brandon Kuehn (Anoka, MN) Nathan Lewis (Salem, MA) Justin Raphael Roykovich (Washington DC) Lacey Prpic Hedtke (Minneapolis, MN)


About Banfill-Locke Center of the Arts (BLCA) is a wellspring for the community providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities, and education through the arts. BLCA supports and encourages the work of developing and established artists and provides resources and opportunities in the arts for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. BLCA recognizes art to be a powerful tool for the cultivation of strong, healthy, harmonious community life. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432.