Banfill’s next show is a collaborative on art and healing

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts’ new multi-faceted exhibit focuses on the transformative powers of art.

Expect poetry, visual art, dance and more in this show titled “Art and Healing at Banfill-Locke.”

The show opens March 9 and runs through April 6.

Amy Sabrina will dance March 9 at the opening reception of Banfill-Locke’s new exhibit “Art and Healing.” Photo submitted
Amy Sabrina will dance March 9 at the opening reception of Banfill-Locke’s new exhibit “Art and Healing.” Photo submitted

“I want to create a feeling of harmonious enterprise,” said curator of the show Wendy Brown-Baez, about the collaboration.

Brown-Baez is both an installation artist and performance poet, one who dresses in character, lights a candle or two on a temporary set and performs. “The idea is I let the poems come through me and I act them out,” she said.

In addition to Brown-Baez’s poetry, visitors to the center will view poetry by Athena Kildegaard displayed on poetry scrolls made of fabric hanged from dowels. The poems will center on such subjects as a Minnesota lake or rain in the desert. Kildegaard is a Minnesota Book Award winner.

Visual artists displaying in the show are Ashley Dull, who has exhibited statewide and beyond, and Julian Coffman, a professional illustrator. A focus will be landscapes.

The public is invited to a free opening reception Saturday March 9, 6 to 8 p.m., at the art center. In addition to meeting the artists, Amy Sabrina, a teacher, dancer, healer and artist, will dance, bringing a touch of the Middle East to opening night.

Brown-Baez is the creator of Writing Circles for Healing and she has received McKnight and Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grants to present writing workshops for at risk youths and non-profits. She has performed at more than 120 venues in such places as the East and West Coast, the Twin Cities area, Santa Fe, N.M., Chicago and Mexico.

March 10 the public is invited to a free panel discussion titled “Art That Heals.” The panel is comprised of Brown-Baez, who has experienced a number of deaths of loved ones, including her son; Coffman, who at one point was unable to walk; writer Michael Kieson Moore, who as a youth was bullied; and Sabrina, a cancer survivor.

The panel members will take the audience through their healing journeys. An interactive Q & A will follow.

Brown-Baez and Banfill-Locke invites the public to the exhibit and opening night reception.

“Art and creativity can transform our lives,” Brown-Baez says. “It can be a tool for healing, spiritual growth and an insight into the human condition.”

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents “Art and Healing at Banfill-Locke,” March 9-April 6. Opening reception Saturday, March 9, 6-8 p.m. Free. 6666 East River Road, Fridley. For more related art and healing activities and workshops, visit Banfill-Locke’s website at or call 763-574-1850.


Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]