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Albert Lea graduate’s artwork to be on display at the Art Center

Boston artist and Albert Lea High School graduate Randi Siu will be in town to showcase her work “Hearts and Flowers” at The Albert Lea Art Center beginning May 7.

“For this exhibit, I have incorporated vibrant colors, rich textures and spontaneous energy, along with the uplifting symbols of hearts and flowers, to connect with you, the viewer, in an energetically positive way,” Siu outlined on her website.

Siu is the daughter of Roald and Shirley Kindem. Her father was a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea in the 1970s. Her mother was an art teacher.

Because they were active in the community, Siu said she still meets people that remember her dad and her family.

“So there is a strong connection just from my family being there,” Siu said. “And so when I was invited to the show, I thought, well this would be a great opportunity for me to share and give back to the community that we had all these great memories with.”

The work of Albert Lea High School graduate Randi Siu will be on display at the Albert Lea Art Center from May 7 through June 17. Provided

Siu was one of eight children, all of which attended Albert Lea Area Schools. Siu took many art and music classes at Albert Lea High School. She graduated and went on to earn a music degree from St. Olaf College.

Siu, who splits her time between studios in Massachusetts and Montana, has always loved visual arts. After falling in love with music and art at a young age, Siu incorporated visual art into her career. She is an artist, an image consultant, inspirational speaker, musician and stage set designer.

As an image consultant, Siu enjoys empowering women.

“Your figure is your canvas, so I talk about principles of balance and harmony and expressing yourself authentically with colors and shapes that you wear,” she said.

“Over the years, what I have noticed is that when I discovered the joy of painting, I looked back over my life and all the different things I’ve done, and they were all somehow drawing me to visual arts.”

Her art, which features bright colors, symbolic shapes, textures and motion, has been a way for her to express herself joyfully, she said.

Siu calls her art “the art of positive energy” because she believes in the power of words and symbols. She will display hearts and flowers in the acrylic paintings at her upcoming show. The heart is a symbol of passion and love, but authenticity as well — while flowers are symbols of growth and beauty, she said.

“If we listen to our hearts, we will follow the path we are meant to follow in life. We will feel energy and love and be able to connect and share that with others,” Siu said. “We are connected with nature, we are connected with our environment and we are connected with each other on an energetic level.”

Because music is one of her passions, “Hearts and Flowers” will feature pieces that Siu named after Italian musical terms, such as appasionata — meaning to play or perform.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Siu’s art will be on display in Albert Lea. She said she welcomes everyone to the event and encourages community members to bring their mothers.

“Mothers are always in our hearts and they love us more than anyone and, of course, they are beautiful because of that love,” Siu said.

She will attend the artist’s reception with her mother.

There will be an artist’s reception open to the public for Siu from 1 to 3 p.m. May 7 at the Art Center, 226 West Clark St. Her work will be on display until June 17.

For more information on the artist, follow “Randi Siu Art” on Facebook or visit randisiu.com.

About Evelyn Seffinga

Evelyn Seffinga covers education and arts and culture for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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