Fiber art showcased at Banfill

Former artist-in-residence Kimber Olson returns to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts with a new mixed-media fiber arts exhibit.

Kimber Olson, a former Banfill-Locke artist in residence, is displaying her work at the Fridley art center through May 12. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Kimber Olson, a former Banfill-Locke artist in residence, is displaying her work at the Fridley art center through May 12. Photo by Kelly Johnson

The exhibit of award-winning artwork, titled “neXus,” opened April 14 and will remain on display through May 12. An artist reception will take place Friday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Olson is a fiber artist whose work is crafted from hand-dyed, painted and printed materials. She uses color, pattern and texture to construct a language that dialogues with viewers on visual and visceral levels.

“The idea for ‘neXus’ emerged from a growing awareness of personal biases and ways they impact my sense of community,” Olson said.

“A principle element in this body of art is line. I’ve used line to explore notions of interaction, dialogue and continuity or lack thereof, in disparate groups and how a sense of community is able to emerge in spite of differing world views and experiences. The conceptual theme is interconnected networks,” she said.

A variation on Olson’s chemical-free shibori dye process is the visual basis for the art. This technique consists of twisting, binding and cinching the cloth resulting in unique patterning and shapes. When arranged, layered and combined together richly textured fragments become visual metaphors for diverse social and cultural systems linked together in the context of community.

In addition to the exhibition, Olson will teach a two-day workshop on a related technique she employs known as transfer dye monoprinting. The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Olson holds a master of arts degree in art and theology from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where her studies focused on the intersections of creativity and consciousness.

She served as the Banfill-Locke artist-in-residence from 2009 through 2010.

Olson lives in Eden Prairie and maintains a studio in Carver.

Her work can be seen throughout the Twin Cities metro in venues including galleries and other public places. She has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation.

Olson is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and artist reception is free.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. For more information about the exhibit or to register for the workshop, call 763-574-1850, e-mail [email protected] or visit us on

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