The Good Purpose Gallery is excited to exhibit the bright and colorful works of artist Jimmy Reagan. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 21 and will run through January 5, 2015. The opening reception will take place at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee on Friday, November 21, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. There will be an artist talk the following day, on Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Jimmy’s mother will represent him during both the opening reception and artist talk. Both events are free and open to the public.
Jimmy Reagan was born on July 6th, 1993 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2011, he burst into the creative world as a dynamic, young artist. He currently lives and creates in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Reagan works primarily in oil pastels, colored pencils, pen and paint to create single and multi-media pieces. The imagery in his art radiates his ability to bring fresh perspective to an image or a simple form. Reagan often re-imagines the world in bright and sometimes shocking color that draw the viewer into his work. His unique style is born out of a struggle to communicate his ideas, his needs, and his perspective to the world verbally.
Diagnosed at age three with Autism, art expression became a way to give visual voice to his dreams and experiences. “I love color. By using small “tick” marks and blocks of color, I create emotion and beauty in my pictures. I find joy in my work and my art allows me to communicate with others without using words.” The viewer learns about me through my pictures.” Reagan’s favorite subjects are portraits – both people and animals. The subjects of Reagan’s portraiture often depict a clear, sometimes striking, direct gaze. Eye contact is an interesting and reoccurring theme.
Good Purpose Gallery and Spectrum Playhouse are professional venues that exist to offer students real-life training, experience and integration with the community. Both venues host professional artists and events on a regular basis throughout the year, including student events such as plays, performances, art exhibits, and more.
CIP students interact with and receive instruction from professionals working in the field. In addition, CIP’s Joyous Studios is an artist in residence training program and offers studio space for the visual arts.