‘Kaleidoscopic’ Returns Art to a Physical Experience

Circular Color Scheme: One in Six Americans Struggles by Richard Garrison watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper. Photo courtesy JCC

JAMESTOWN, NY – Have you ever looked into a kaleidoscope? With the slightest movement, the picture changes. What you see is mesmerizing, and never the same. Beginning Feb. 4, the Weeks Gallery on the SUNY Jamestown Community College Jamestown Campus will host “Kaleidoscopic,” a multifaceted experience in color, painterly marks, and linear arrangements.

Open from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, the exhibition is located on the second floor of the Sheldon Center, and celebrates the works of Jenny Kemp, Richard Garrison, Sara Baker Michalak, and Stephanie McMahon. All of the artists are New York state residents, and seek to highlight the complexities and subtleties of color through paint, animation, and collage to reshape how we perceive abstraction.

Abstract artist Sara Baker Michalak’s piece titled Winterflower. Photo courtesy JCC

The first exhibit hosted at the Weeks Gallery since March 2020, “Kaleidoscopic” is a celebration of diversity of vision, texture, and style. Colin Shaffer, Managing Director of Galleries for JCC, looks forward to bringing real-world art experiences back to the community.

Stephanie McMahon’s Inside Out, oil on panel. Photo courtesy JCC.

“After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, we’re thrilled to welcome the visual arts back to the gallery,” Colin shares. “This exhibition is free and open to the public so we hope as many people as possible are able to view this collection of works.”

Jenny Kemp’s piece using acrylic on linen over panel. Photo courtesy JCC.

Though all the pieces are abstract works, they vary dramatically in size, texture, and from where the inspiration for their creation was drawn. The “kaleidoscope” in the Weeks Gallery is formed through elements such as textured canvases, creations informed by everyday product packaging, instinctive symmetry, and flowing video presentation.

All of the artists reside along the I-86 corridor, lighting the way to the Weeks Gallery. The JCC Faculty Staff Association and the JCC Foundation hope all will make their way to this visual journey.