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Phipps exhibit features international artists

"Ordinary/Extraordinary: The Art and Life of Stories," an exhibition of visual storytelling by artists from across the globe, will be on view Feb. 20-March 29 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

A public reception is scheduled opening weekend - Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

In this exhibition, which will fill The Galleries of The Phipps, artists from Liberia, Russia, Japan, the Midwest, the East Coast and Belgium use painting, drawing, mixed media and video to bring to life all sorts of stories, both real and imagined.

Visitors to the exhibit will "travel" through a surreal underwater park, among mythic characters of the Twin Cities, into a Plexiglas neighborhood, through scenes of fairy tales enmeshed in the everyday, to a child's world in pre-war Antwerp, among mill ruins in downtown Minneapolis, and through a garden of Talking Suitcases. What all the works have in common is the presence of story, either explicit or implicit, and a poetic richness in telling it.

Exhibiting artists are Susan Armington, James Disney, Heidi Hafermann, Catherine Kennedy, Tadashi Onoda, Alexandra Rozenman and Marie Simcox.

Special events

Two special events are being held in conjunction with the exhibition, a performance event and a roundtable discussion with exhibiting artists.

The performance event Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, "Journeys of the Imagination," features storytellers and musicians. This family-friendly event is recommended for ages 5 and older. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Seating is limited.

Exhibiting artists will be in The Galleries, available to talk about their work half an hour before and during intermission. Performers include Laurie Allmann, Saed Kakish, Catherine Kennedy, Iris Shiriashi and Carla Vogel, among others.

A roundtable discussion with exhibiting artists on sources of artistic inspiration is Sunday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. in The Galleries. This free event is for artists of all skill levels and media.

Galleries hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.

For more information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at (715) 386-2305, ext. 103.