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WARM Member Emily Gray Koehler Exhibits Prints in Solo Show at Banfill-Locke

Koehler-Displacing DiversityFridley, MN– October 14, 2015. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the exhibition The Trespasser’s Garden: Prints by Emily Gray Koehler Exploring the Ecology of Invasive Plants in Minnesota featuring 28 prints will be on view October 31 to November 28, 2015 at the Banfill-Locke galleries. There is an opening reception planned for Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 9 pm. From 6:30 to 7 pm the night of the reception the Anoka Conservation District will provide a gallery talk about the impact of invasive plants in our area.  On Saturday, November 14 from 2-4 pm, the Women’s Art Resources of MN (WARM), of which Emily is an active member, will hold a panel discussion at Banfill-Locke about incorporating nature into one’s artistic practice.  All are welcome to attend these free events.

This exhibition is the culmination of Emily’s Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant; this grant funded project allowed Emily to research and explore the invasive species that have made themselves part of the Minnesota landscape and then create new artwork based on her findings. The exhibition will feature 28 of her beautiful prints, both woodcuts and collagraphs, alongside educational information. This new body of work explores the introduction, ecology and environmental impact of invasive plants on our delicate ecosystems. The ethereal nature of collagraphs created from invasive plant specimens incorporated into many of the woodcut prints evokes the element of time and a potential future where our inaction will lead to a drastically altered landscape.

Emily Gray Koehler is originally from Michigan and has made White Bear Lake home for the past five years.  She has a studio in downtown White Bear Lake where she creates, shows and sells her work.  Emily’s prints are in public and private collections across the country and have been exhibited widely in galleries, art fairs, art centers, and special exhibitions.  http://studioegk.com/

Bethany Whitehead, BLCA Executive Director, says: “Emily has a wonderful way of presenting landscapes and the wonder of nature through her clear and beautiful prints.  This project is especially poignant as she helps the viewer question the role of man and other influences on the natural landscape through her art.  It has been a joy to watch this project evolve and I look forward to having her art work here in the Banfill galleries.”

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.