Juried members’ show, readings on Banfill-Locke’s line-up

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is now hosting its annual Members’ Exhibition.

“Wagon Graveyard,” acrylic on canvas, by Carol Hughes. Photo courtesy of Lia Rivamonte
“Wagon Graveyard,” acrylic on canvas, by Carol Hughes. Photo courtesy of Lia Rivamonte

The juried show, featuring paintings and mixed media, transparent watercolors, drawings, photography/digitals and three-dimensional pieces of artwork, has been judged by artist Rachel Breen.

Breen is an art instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Winners receive small cash prizes. First-places winners are invited to display in a small group show at the center January 2014.

Visitors to the exhibit will view diversity and growth of many artists, said Lia Rivamonte, BLCA’s executive director.

“It’s surprising how much these member artists, working from different levels of experience all put out their best,” she said. “The work they show is the result of many hours of practice and the commitment to improve skills is very evident. For newer member-artists, it is a new venue and it’s helpful to see how the work compares, no matter where they are in their careers.”

An artists’ reception for the Members’ Exhibition was held Oct. 6 at BLCA.

This Friday night, the center showcases two local writers as part of its monthly Reading Series.

Poet Sun Yung Shin, who has two poetry books to her credit, and author Scott Wroebel, who recently released his first book of fiction, “Cul de Sac,” will read from their works. Shin also writes essays and fiction.

The series is hosted by award-winning poet Matt Rasmussen, a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellow.

This month’s Banfill-Locke Reading Series will be held at the center Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Banfill-Locke Members Exhibition runs through Nov. 10. Also free. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The center is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley. For more information visit www.banfill-locke.org or call 763-574-1850.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]