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Traditional, contemporary art sit together in Bethel gallery exhibit

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first show in Bethel College’s Regier Art Gallery celebrates and explores a particular shade of red.

“Lindey Anderson: They Sit Together” opened with the artist reception Aug. 31. The show is in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Sept. 28.

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.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

The rest of the gallery schedule for 2017-18 is: 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.

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

Bethel College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, parental or marital status, gender identity, gender expression, medical or genetic information, ethnic or national origins, citizenship status, veteran or military status or disability. E-mail questions to TitleIXCoordinator@bethelks.edu.

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