Banfill-Locke Center Exhibition: Judy Fawcett & Laurie Kigner

B-L Postcard FrontOn View March 12 to April 9, 2016, the exhibition Dwellers on the Threshold features art work by artists Laurie Kigner and Judy Fawcett. Through layered and painted prayer flags, Kigner explores endangered species and the changing environment as these creatures disappear from our landscape. Tags that state the extinction risk of that species as documented on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species are hung on each piece. Judy Fawcett depicts butterflies in colorful acrylic paintings that serve as a metaphor for the all living things put in peril by human intervention and climate change. Together these artists will fill the galleries with bold art work that are visually stimulating and also provide a chance for visitors to contemplate the changing world through this art.

Laurie Kigner is a visual artist who has a studio in Lowertown Saint Paul and makes her home in White Bear Lake. She has exhibited widely throughout Minnesota. Part of her installation at Banfill-Locke will be an interactive activity where visitors of all ages will be invited to contribute thoughts and words that will be incorporated into a prayer flag as homage to an animal on the endangered species list.

Judy Fawcett is a Woodbury based artist who works out of her home. She traditionally works in watercolor and this presentation will be the first time exhibiting her recent acrylic works on the butterfly theme. Judy has exhibited her work widely in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A free public opening reception will be held Saturday, March 12, 4 to 6 pm; both artists will be in attendance.

On Sunday, March 13, from 1 to 3 pm, Family Art Sunday will be focused on environmental issues when we invites families of all definition to come and make art, go on an art scavenger hunt, and have a snack at Banfill-Locke. Both Judy Fawcett and Laurie Kigner will be providing the art activity. This is an open house format; stop by for 20 minutes or stay the whole time. The event is free and open to all.

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