Banfill-Locke exhibit: Gathering Water & Light Photography

Ellen Skoro_BeachBanfill-Locke Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition Gathering Water & Light, featuring the photography of Jess Lee and Ellen Skoro will be on view July 25 to July 23, 2016. There is a public reception Friday, June 23 from 6 to 8 pm.

This exhibition presented the layered photography work of Jes Lee and the Remote Series by Ellen Skoro which explores figurative photos set in the cabin and lake culture of Minnesota. Together these artists use the photography medium to expand your understanding and experience of place and landscape.

Ellen Skoro is a visual artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BFA in photography from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH and her MFA in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, MN. She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at the College of Visual Art in St. Paul, MN. Her work has been exhibited nationally, at venues such as Form + Content Gallery and the Minneapolis Photography Center in Minneapolis, the University Center in Rochester, MN, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, and the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, MI. She received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist initiative grant in 2014 to complete the ‘Remote’ series that is being exhibited at Banfill-Locke.

Jes Lee is a Minneapolis based artist who layers photographs of our world and composes them into images of new places and realities. She draws a lot of her inspiration from cyberpunk novels where characters often find themselves existing in a digital reality that is based on places in our world, but contains layers of other times and places. These images are shown as traditional framed prints and as handmade books, both of which will be part of the Gathering Water & Light exhibition. Jes is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has studied at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2006 to focus more on combining printmaking and book making with her photography. Jes has exhibited in many venues around Minnesota.

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.