Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts has an art gallery featuring local, metro and state-wide artists, a gift shop selling locally based works, art and writing classes for all ages, special events, writing groups and and more. The Banfill-Locke Center is nonprofit and visits to the gallery as well as most events are free, but certain groups require membership. Come and enjoy the art as well as the surrounding Manomin County Park, which is full of flowers in spring and summer. A full listing of events and classes is available on the Web site and also on the center's Facebook page.
- Fax: 763-502-6946
- Hours: Tues - Sat; 10am - 4pm; Sun - Mon, closed
- Handicap Accessible: All gallery space is on the ground level.
- Founding Date: 1979
- Ticket information: Free gallery admission always. Annual membership is available for discounted classes, newsletters and more. Discounted memberships for seniors (62+) and students (w/ID).
- Student discounts: Yes
- Senior discounts: Yes
- Parking: Free lot
- What makes this community special?: This is a community art center that regularly features local artists and writers and provides opportunities for newer artists to develop their work and more established artists to get more exposure and support for their creative efforts.
- Is there a particular focus for this gallery?: The focus is on Twin Cities Metro artists and writers. We work with them to serve the larger public with high quality arts experiences.
- Art specialties: Multimedia, Painting, Sculpture
- What is an interesting historical or little known fact about this town?: It includes lovely natural environments along the Mississippi River--land that is included in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), part of the National Parks system.
- Gift shop: Yes
- Gift shop hours: Tu-Sa, 10 - 4PM
- Cameras allowed?: Yes
- Membership levels: Corporate, Family, Individual
- Which performer or group that has visited the venue is the most interesting or memorable?: BLCA's annual outdoor arts festival, Art at Rice Creek, has featured multiple, expansive musical groups from Mother Banjo to Xibaba to Mu Daiko; from blues, to classical to jazz. The Fridley Band has performed each year, too.