Banfill-Locke showcases student artwork

by Kelly Johnson
Staff writer

The walls of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, are bursting with color.

These self-portraits were created by Ramsey Elementary School students. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Brightly painted self-portraits, colorful animals and carefully crafted shoes and clay artwork fill the galleries of the art center as part the annual “KidsDoArt!” exhibit at Banfill-Locke showcasing the artwork of local students.

A dozen schools, located in Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Columbia Heights, Fridley and other cities, are participating in the exhibit.

The student artists range in age from kindergarten through eighth grade.

For their participation, the student artists each receive a ribbon and, if desired, some expert advice about their work.

For Lia Rivamonte, executive director at Banfill, the best part of the exhibit is “the variety of colors and the imagination.”

The teachers work hard getting their students to be creative and Rivamonte said she is particularly impressed with the variety of artwork this year.

Rivamonte enjoys the receptions with the student artists.

“The pride the kids so obviously feel when they see their work on the wall. It’s amazing,” she said.

Rivamonte also enjoys watching parents and other family members support the youngsters’ artistic endeavors.

“They really do support their kids’ creative, artistic talents,” she said.

A reception for kindergarten through fourth-grade students took place Feb. 11.

A reception for students in grades five through eight will be held Saturday, March 3, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

There is no charge to visit the exhibit or reception.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 763-574-1850, e-mail [email protected] or visit