Heart of a Place

On view May 20 to June 17.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents Heart of a Place, works by Laura Andrews and Susan Solomon.

Andrews’ work is a contemporary meditation on the natural world. Mark making and implied movement in the work connect to her experience of, or response to, motion and passing time in the location. The paintings are not copies of nature but their own evocation of place.

Solomon’s work is a collaborative effort of poetry and visual art. She worked with two poets and their manuscripts: Deborah Keenan’s The Saint of Everything; and Katrina Vandenberg’s Conservatory.

Solomon said, “It is always exciting working with writers because their words are prompts that lead to images I never could have imagined. Poets use words as they were meant to be used – carefully, thoughtfully. And in turn, my paintings are impressions rather than illustrations of their words.”

About the Artists:

Laura Andrews 2016Laura Andrews is a visual artist who lives and works in Minneapolis. She received her BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She currently teaches at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2011. Her paintings were featured in a solo exhibition “Unravel” at Bloomington Art Center in 2012, and in “Vice Versa” at the Phipps Center for the Arts in 2015. She received a Community Supported Art grant from Springboard for the Arts in 2014, and in 2015 organized the show “Go Ask Alice” at Lawrence University in honor of the late Alice King Case. Her paintings and drawings focus on the relationship and interaction between people and the natural world.   http://www.laurandrews.com



Susan Solomon is a freelance paintress living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is primarily an earthscape painter nterested in the intersection of mental and exterior landscapes.  Susan grew up in Las Vegas, where neon lights and hallucinogenic desert sunsets formed her color sense. She was classically and formally trained as a painter at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the first art school in the United States.   http://www.susansolomonpainter.com


An artist reception will be held on Saturday June 3 from 6 to 8pm. There will be a poetry reading by Katrina Vandenberg and Deborah Keenan during the reception.

Katrina Vandenberg is the author of two books of poems, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World and Atlas, both published by Milkweed Editions. She teaches in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University, where she also serves as Poetry Editor for Water~Stone Review. She lives in Saint Paul with her family, not far from Como Conservatory.

Deborah Keenan is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems, which received the Minnesota Book Award in 2008, and so she had the world, from Redbird Chapbooks, 12 poems/12 paintings in collaboration with Susan Solomon, and, from tiger to prayer, a book of writing ideas, from Broadcraft Press. A teacher for many years in Hamline University’s MFA program, she’s received two Bush Foundation fellowships, an NEA fellowship, the Loft-McKnight Poet of Distinction Award, and lives in beautiful, mysterious St. Paul.