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

Practice Writing
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Want to develop your writing practice?  Join other writers each Tuesday morning at BLCA to practice writing in this facilitated group.  Prompts are provided to inspire your writing for the day.  All types of writers at any skill level are invited.  Bring a notebook and a writing utensil.  This group is free to attend and no RSVP is necessary.

Open Oil Painting Group
Jul 31 @ 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
Aug 1 @ 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.

Travel Painting Journals
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fridays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10 am to 12 pm
Tuition: $100; $90 members
Appropriate for Teens and Adults
Enrollment Code K

Design your own travel or visual journal. We will use watercolor and collage materials to depict those fabulous people and places through a journal. Who came, what did we eat, how about that special recipe, how many fish caught, and that special trip to Italy or the Bahamas or even your cabin? Paint the pages, and make your calligraphic notes about your travel experiences!

Suzi McArdle is a life-long artist working in many media – from her early years at MCAD, to more recently at Metro State University, painting in cooperatives, and years of teaching community education in watercolor, pastel, and anime and cartooning in schools, she has a wealth of experience. She finds the most enjoyment in personally painting on location while traveling, whether that means traveling throughout the Twin Cities or Europe. She enjoys creating as well as journaling as a part of recording her responses and experiences. Working with students from 8 – 80 years is how Suzi keeps a fresh perspective in life.