Banfill-Locke hosts Artists del Norte’s spring juried show

Artists del Norte bring a touch of Savannah to the northern suburbs with its 2012 annual spring juried art show titled “Artists in the Garden of Good or Evil.”

This dragon painted by Tom Dimock is one of several pieces that will be displayed in Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts newest exhibit featuring members of Artists del Norte in their annual spring show. Photo submitted

This dragon painted by Tom Dimock is one of several pieces that will be displayed in Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts newest exhibit featuring members of Artists del Norte in their annual spring show. Photo submitted

The exhibit opens May 19 at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and runs through June 16. A free reception and awards ceremony are planned for Sunday, May 20, 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Tom Dimock, who began serving as Artists del Norte president in January. “I can’t wait to see what the other members come up with and their interpretations of the theme.”

The show will be juried by artist Lisa Fertig, a Duluth native, who has studied art in Chicago and at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Atelier Lack.

Although visitors to the exhibit will probably see little evil in the pieces, the theme is a take-off on the film titled “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” About a half-dozen Artists del Norte members last month returned from a trip to Savannah, Ga., where the movie was filmed. The artists packed their paint brushes, paint, palettes and paper and headed to Georgia where they set up shop and painted for hours. They call it their “art muse trip,” Dimock said.

Last year a group, also of about six artists from the organization, headed to the Dominican Republic, which resulted in its spring Banfill show centering on a pirate theme.

A total of 18 ADN members will show their work at Banfill this time around. Forty-five pieces in such media as photography, watercolor, mixed media, colored pencil, pastel, encaustic wax and acrylics, will be on display.

Dimock plans to submit four water color pieces to the exhibit. His subjects are: a Chinese dragon, a man painting in a garden with an unseen monster looming in the background, a lily and a woman in nature.

The idea of the show is to stretch the artists in new directions. Also, the pieces are intended to expand viewers’ appreciation on an intellectual and visceral level because it’s something different, Dimock said.

Dimock, a resident of Columbia Heights, holds a bachelor of fine arts from the Art Center in Pasadena, Calif., and an master of fine arts in multimedia design from the University of Minnesota.

Two of his favorite art forms are Chinese Sumi-e and open air painting.

As president of ADN, Dimock said he hopes to expand the rotating art program both on the artists and businesses side. The program leases members’ artwork and displays on a rotating basis for three months to businesses in Anoka County and beyond. Another goal of Dimock’s is to retain and encourage new members to join the organization. Started in 1976 in Coon Rapids, the group now has about 80 members. Members are both emerging and professional artists, working in a variety of media. Membership fee is $22 a year. The group meets the last Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. at Banfill-Locke from September through May. For more information visit Artists del Norte website at

Dimock invites the public to Banfill’s newest exhibit featuring the Artists del Norte’s artwork. Join in the fun.

For more information on the art center, visit or call 763-574-1850.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]

  • Vivian Catherson

    I would like some information and am not sure who to ask. I recently finished a pencil/charcoal portrait from which I would like to have prints made. Problem is, it is about 22″X17″ and I’m having a problem finding someone who uses a decent paper and can reprint at a larger-than-average size.
    Do you have any suggestions? We live in Andover. Thanks so much for any help.

  • Sharyn Erickson

    Our meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month. This month that would be April 30 at 7:00 pm at Banfill-Locke. Our presenter will be from Artists Choice and she will be telling us about the various papers and printing process. I think this would be a good experience for you to see. Hope to see you there.

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