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October 14, 2017, Saturday - Audrey Phillips, Midstream opening reception at CIRCA Gallery

Time: 5 – 8 pm

Location: CIRCA Gallery, 210 First Street N

Audrey Phillips, Midstream opening reception 

On exhibit: October 14 – November 25

Audrey Phillips' new solo exhibition MIDSTREAM opens with a reception at Circa Gallery on October 14. But the show could have ended before it began. Phillips, who lives and works in northern Florida, had completed all the exhibition paintings and the work was in her studio, ready to be crated and shipped to Minneapolis. Then the warnings about Hurricane Irma started. The state began preparing for the storm, and residents in Phillips' community were stocking up on essentials and securing their property. In the midst of the activity, the artist said, "It’s been pretty wild around here. I think Harvey got everyone’s attention and there’s been a huge run on stores and lack of supplies. I had to get my sister to shop in North Carolina for a radio and batteries and overnight them to me. It’s nuts." Phillips, with the help of a friend, managed to wrap and move all of her paintings to her home where she thought they would be safer; she and her dog rode out the storm in a hallway of her house. Her community continues their cleanup efforts: "Things are starting to slowly get back into order. I discovered a roof leak yesterday which was disappointing, but I still feel so lucky. So many others have much more damage than me," Phillips said. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.