Kids Do Art at Banfill-Locke

With playful color and carefree expression, children make natural artists. Emotions freely illustrated and moods easily evoked, youngsters create rare and organic works of art.

Hanna Ahlquist and Ethan Strodal color landscape illustrations and would later add tempera paint to complete the image. Hanna and Ethan are second-grade students in Sue Olesen’s art class at Ramsey Elementary School. Photo by Sue Austreng

Hanna Ahlquist and Ethan Strodal color landscape illustrations and would later add tempera paint to complete the image. Hanna and Ethan are second-grade students in Sue Olesen’s art class at Ramsey Elementary School.
Photo by Sue Austreng

In celebration of that raw creativity, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents the 2014 Kids Do Art exhibition, on display through March 1 and featuring work by students from Morris Bye, Adams, Ramsey and Lincoln elementary schools.

In all, some 300 pieces of artwork will be showcased during the Kids Do Art exhibition.

The exhibit will include works of drawing, painting, sculpture and more. Artwork created by Ramsey students is a variety of two-dimensional creations, including paintings, drawings and illustrations.

“The pride they feel is obvious with this exhibit and I’d say 75 percent of my students’ parents show up to the reception, too, so they are very proud,” said Ramsey Elementary School art teacher Sue Olesen.

The public is invited to attend two free receptions for the Kids Do Art event. Those receptions will be held Feb. 8, 1-3:30 p.m., and Feb. 15, 1-3:30 p.m.

Scott Spinks, a local children’s book illustrator and member of Banfill-Locke’s board of directors, put the exhibit together. “I always look forward to seeing the immense talent of students in our community,” he said.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley.

For more information, call 763-574-1850, email info@banfill-locke.org, or visit BanfillLocke.org.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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