In early June, the call for artists went out for the annual Kaleidoscope Juried Art Exhibition to be held in Arapahoe Community College's spacious Colorado Gallery of the Arts. The resulting show, juried by Nathan Abels, is now open through July 29, with free admission during gallery hours.
Abels, an experienced painter who has coordinated ACC's painting and drawing departments since Marsha Wooley retired, included a range of works, which vary in style and technique. Selection was limited by the size of the gallery, and he wrote a thoughtful statement about his choices: “Judging is frequently a subjective exercise; one mediated by experience, knowledge and to a lesser degree, personal taste …”
“There were a number of quality submissions,” he continued, “which made selection difficult.”
He looked for “an aptitude with formal elements, a compelling subject or competition, as well as inventiveness or unique creativity. I also sought to balance the range of styles, mediums and themes in the exhibition. I believe that strong works are those which have the ability to engage the viewer both formally and conceptually. Sometimes this can be recognized almost immediately, while other works take more deliberation on the part of the viewer or juror …”
First place went to Michele Sires-Delorean for her bright, horizontal acrylic, “Poppyesque,” which beckons the viewer to take a closer look.
Paul Lindberg's digital photograph, “Mammoth Hot Springs,” as viewed in winter, invites a visit. It won second place.
Third place went to Gayla Ruckhaus for “Love in Thin Air,” a fiber composition made from wool and silk. The rich texture made one want to touch. “This piece is reminiscent of Romantic era painting and shows exceptional handling of the media,” Abel wrote.
Honorable-mention winners are: Christine Johnson, Linda Schmale, Forest Plesko, Amber Hastings and Melody P. Hahn.
In addition to the two-dimensional art on the walls, there are a number of interesting 3-D pieces to enjoy — in particular, Pam Schmidt's two beautifully crafted works in leather and crystal: “Steampunk Dragon” and “Camelot Dragon.”
If you go:
The Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition runs through July 29 in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free.