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Banfill-Locke Exhibit & Opening Reception

Kim Matthews and Mary Simon-Casati exhibit recent work at Banfill-Locke

“Down”, by Mary Simon-Casati

On View January 9 to February 6, the exhibition title I am Energy: Tat Tvam Asi, translated from Sanskrit as “That Thou Art,” speaks to the beautiful monochromatic work of local artists Kim Matthews and Mary Simon-Casati. In this show these artists share their explorations of the world’s order and wonder through their own art, creating an environment where energy, form, and abstraction coexist.

Kim Matthews is a sculptor whose work is a direct outgrowth of a sustained daily meditation practice, begun as an effort to translate experiences of expansiveness into visual form: to map the evolution of consciousness. Since 2009 most of her output has consisted of wall-hung reliefs in a variety of media including cast paper, felt, vinyl, wood, canvas, concrete and, recently, found objects.  Common to the freestanding works, accretional reliefs, and current series of “Smalls” are an insistent presence of the hand, limited palette, and absence of overt narrative. Kim will be exhibiting a variety of recent works in the exhibition.

Mary Simon-Casati is a Minneapolis based artist who builds installations that explore light and shadow, illusion and reality and paintings and drawings that investigate the unseen and intangible. In the paintings exhibited in this exhibition she employs her understanding of particle movements as a metaphor for human emotion and energy. Her paintings portray large sweeping energies and miniature actions working within. These abstract gestures depict dark and light, mirroring and holding each other in an energetic balance. Mary maintains a studio at the Casket Arts Building, which is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

A free public opening reception will be held Saturday, January 9, 6 to 8 pm; both artists will be in attendance.

Admission to the galleries are always free and tours of the exhibition are available when arrangements are made at least a week in advance. Art Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is a nonprofit art center located at the juncture of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River in Manomin County Park. Since 1979, Banfill-Locke has served the community through accessible arts programming including gallery exhibitions, classes and workshops, festivals, gift shop, literary readings and artist residencies. The Art Center has inhabited the historic former Banfill Tavern and Locke House since 1988 through a public/private partnership with the Anoka County Parks Department. For more information call 763-574-1850, email info@banfill-locke.org, or visit us at www.banfill-locke.org.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (BLCA) is a source for the community providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities and education through the arts.

Bethany Whitehead, BLCA Executive Director.  763.574.1850. 6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432. bethany@banfill-locke.org.