Banfill-Locke hosts annual Family Art Sunday

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents its annual Family Art Sunday, July 8.

These are works of children from a previous Family Art Sunday event held at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Photo submitted

These are works of children from a previous Family Art Sunday event held at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Photo submitted

The center invites children and families to take a deeper look into its current exhibit, “Medium of Exchange: The Art of Cash.”

“The event is an opportunity for people in the neighborhood/community to check out the show with some built-in guidelines about different ways they might view the work to make it a richer experience,” said Lia Rivamonte, BLCA’s executive director. “It’s doubly fun when kids are asked to find certain things in the artwork that encourages them to look at a piece of art they might otherwise just pass by.”

Ten local artists display their works in the exhibit, featuring painting, sculpture, installation, photography and performance art.

Activities for the day will include an art treasure hunt with prizes and an art session with cartoonist and children’s illustrator Scott Spinks. Spinks has been teaching classes at BLCA this summer.

For Family Day, Spinks will teach kids how to make cartoon money. They’ll have their chance to create their own original versions, with a picture of them on the front and their homes on the back of the bill.

The session teaches kids about the history of money design and what goes into deciding the artwork on currency, according to Spinks.

“We’re looking forward to just having fun,” he said.

The special Sunday event is designed with families in mind and helps gallery visitors uncover the artists’ intent and learn about a variety of visual art media. The idea is to foster thinking and learning about the artistic process. Refreshments will be served.

BLCA has inhabited the historic former Banfill Tavern and Locke House since 1988 through a public/private partnership with the Anoka County Parks Department.

Built in 1847, the building is one of the few remaining Greek Revival-style houses in Minnesota. The center’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke will be held Sunday, July 8, noon to 3 p.m. Free. BLCA is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. For more information, visit www.banfill-locke.org or call 763-574-1850.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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