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First Regier Gallery exhibit to open with reception Aug. 31

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first show in Bethel College’s Regier Art Gallery will be a celebration and exploration of a particular shade of red.

“Lindey Anderson: They Sit Together” will open with the artist reception Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m. outside the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.

Anderson is a painter, printer and foil image artist now based in Denver. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.F.A. in painting, and has an M.F.A. in creative practice from the Transart Institute (2016).

Over the last three years, Anderson’s focus has been to investigate the color attributes and history of red pigment.

The result has been a series of paintings “that allow for the natural conversations to occur,” she said.

Anderson is co-creator of One Bead Press of Iowa City, through which she published her first book, a collection of her foil images, in collaboration with poet Tonja Robins.

She runs a free gallery space in Denver where she also teaches creativity classes. Her current studio practice is located in the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver.

She has been part of several group exhibitions, and has mounted solo exhibitions in both Iowa and Colorado and has also exhibited in group shows in Berlin, Germany.

She says of her Regier Gallery exhibit, “Inawediwin, or ‘they sit together,’ is a continued thought – created in the ‘Rooted in RED’ project – [about] the contemporary use of red ochre with traditional skill.

“Exploring resources from the earth and my own Ojibwe heritage, I believe red ochre is a link amongst us all, past, present and future. Bringing red ochre into contemporary times with a context of unity through friendship, this body of work [gathers] the contemporary draws of color with the rooted concepts of working with raw pigment from the earth.

“This process of exploring the pigment red ochre [and] other traditional practices in a modern light has been intriguing and will continue to feed my creativity.”

The show will be in the Regier Gallery Aug. 31-Sept. 28.

The gallery schedule for the 2017-18 school year also includes: Bethel Professor of Art David Long, “Exhibit A,” Oct. 6-Nov. 3; Meredith Stone’s senior show, “Photovoice Seminar,” Nov. 6-10; Jerry Holsopple, “7x7: Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power,” Nov. 17-Dec. 7; Jennifer Larsen, “Vibrant Nature,” Feb. 2-March 2, 2018; Nathan Peter-Grzeszczak Buhr, “Gathering Light and Sharing It: A Journey Through Photography,” March 9-30; the annual Student Art Exhibit, April 6-27; and the annual Senior Art Exhibit, May 4-20.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, with some closures for holidays and school breaks. Admission is free.

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