Small Moments, Big Spaces: Lisa Fratzke & Lindsy Halleckson

Opening Saturday, July 26 and on view through August 23,  Small, Moments, Big Spaces: Lisa Fratzke & Lindsy Halleckson will provide a colorful and meditative […]


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Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is a wellspring for the community providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities, and education through the arts.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Upcoming Events

Beginning Oil Painting
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesdays, July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27; 6 to 9 pm
Tuition: $180; $162
Appropriate for Teens and Adults
Enrollment Code I

This class is for anyone who loves to paint in the medium of oil or who has always wanted to try. This class is tailored to the individual in that a student may work on a project of his or her own choosing. There will also be occasional demonstrations from the instructor throughout the session.

Materials: Canvas or canvas panel (preferably 11″x 14″); brushes: both soft and bristle brushes of various sizes; turpenoid or Gamsol (NOT turpenoid natural); palette or disposable palettel; palette knife; brush tub; brush soap; paper towels; colors: Cadmium red, alizarine Crimson, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, sap green, veridian, ultramarine blue, dioxazine violet, black, white, yellow ochre, burnt umber.

Eric graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Art History and later went study oil painting at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art. Since then he has been painting professionally and has been teaching art classes to all ages and abilities. He now lives (and paint) in Blaine with his wife and three children.

Open Oil Painting Group
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Thursday morning a group of oil painters come together to paint.  There is no formal instruction and no cost to participate. Drop in and paint with others in our classroom space.

Portrait Drawing Group
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

On Fridays at 10:00am, a group of artists gathers to draw or paint portraits from a live clothed model. Attendees to the group share the model’s fee. Cost is usually about $5-7 per artist.

NorthWords Writers
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NorthWords Writers meet together monthly to critique each other’s work.  The meetings are facilitated by Paula Cisewski, the Writer-in-Residence.  NorthWords meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm.  Interested writers can attend the group once at no cost, but after the initial visit there is a $50 annual fee in addition to regular membership with BLCA.  Questions about the fee or the group can be addressed to