Art of the Magic Circle shows at Northwest Art Center

“Mandala,” the Sanskrit word for “magic circle,” is both the title and unifying theme of a joint exhibit by North Dakota artists Robin Reynolds and Marilyn Lee, opening at the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery on the campus of Minot State University Feb. 14.

Reynolds, from Hebron, has produced “an eclectic array” of mandala themed two- and three-dimensional artworks including ceramics and mixed media assemblages.

“Whether working with found art, collaborations, homespun photography, birdcages, recycled objects or clay, I think of it as ‘idea making,'” said Reynolds of her work.

Lee, of South Heart, will display images from her series “Mandalas for Marian,” dedicated to the memory of a friend who succumbed to breast cancer.

“I’m using the ‘sacred circle’ as a way to discover what’s possible with old photographs, text and other source materials either left to me from Marian or inspired by our friendship,” said Lee.

Lee’s circular images are digitally assembled and colored, then printed on metallic plates.

Both artists are on faculty in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Dickinson State University.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display through March 14. The gallery is open during regular library hours. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 858-3264.