GRAA opens ‘Bread and Circus’ summer show; opening reception June 23

The Great River Arts Association will welcome more than a dozen regional artists to the annual open summer show, “Bread and Circus.” Pictured is one of the show’s featured pieces, “Election Year” by Shelly Leitheiser.

The Great River Arts Association (GRAA) will welcome more than a dozen regional artists to the annual open summer show, “Bread and Circus.” Artists range from first-time exhibitors to professional artists. The exhibition showcases paintings, woodwork, sculpture, collage and mosaic.

The show’s theme comes from the Roman strategy “panem et circenses,” the belief that with a well-fed – and easily distracted – populous, the government could carry out its plans without worrying about a potential uprising. “Bread and Circus” can also refer to circuses and other summer traditions. “With such a layered theme, it’s been a blast seeing where different artists drew their unique inspirations,” said Madeline Jarvis, visual arts intern and reception coordinator. “Pieces question distraction, messaging, entertainment and sources of power. The show has been on display since June 6, and has already generated a lot of positive buzz.”

The reception will have a circus-like atmosphere, complete with face painting, children’s activities and live music from members of the “Sons of Knut.” Refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to meet with the show’s artists to discuss the show or simply enjoy the art.

The opening reception is Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through July 24. The gallery is opened Tuesday – Friday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The gallery is located at 122 First St. S.E., in downtown Little Falls.

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