Banfill-Locke’s new show features art center’s first-place exhibit winners

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is hosting a new exhibit – First Show II – highlighting first-place winners of its 2011 Banfill-Locke members show.

Charles Martin created “Gorilla,” a pencil on paper drawing.
Charles Martin created “Gorilla,” a pencil on paper drawing.

Featured artists are Paul Boecher, Helen Hartley, Sharon Howell, Charles Martin, Judith Riese and Jan Schmidt.

Visitors to the exhibit will be treated to works in traditional media, including oil, watercolor, textile, drawing, photography and clay.

The show opens Jan 4 and runs through Feb. 2. An opening reception will take place Friday, Jan. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to the free event.

Hartley is arts coordinator for Bridgeview Artists, based out of Spring Lake Park. The organization serves people living with a serious and persistent mental illness.

Schmidt is a prize-winning quilter from Coon Rapids.

Many may be familiar with Martin’s artwork. Martin of Fridley is responsible for the glowing murals and giant sea creatures at Springbrook Nature Center’s interpretive center “underwater” indoor enchanted trail at the annual Pumpkin Night in the Park. Martin is a retired art teacher, having taught in the Centennial and Mounds View school districts.

Banfill-Locke is a nonprofit community art center, serving the community through many facets of accessible arts programming.