Kaleidoscope show lives up to name at Arapahoe Community College

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The Annual Juried Kaleidoscope Exhibition at ACC’s Colorado Gallery of the Arts grows stronger with each succeeding year.

The show, which runs through July 31, was juried this year by Marsha Wooley, a longtime Arapahoe Community College faculty member and well-known landscape painter, and Christine Katzenberg, a ceramic artist who teaches and coordinates exhibits at Goodson Recreation Center in Centennial.

The two selected a show that fits comfortably in the gallery from a large number of entries.

Best of Show was awarded to the mysterious “Sea Mudra” by Jonathan M. Wright, an oil on canvas painting of a woman in the water, but with four arms in symbolic pose, like an Indian religious figure. One wonders where she came from.

The First Place ribbon went to Robert Schroeder’s large “Brick Pot With Pipe Handle,” a tongue-in-cheek, but expertly crafted, clay sculpture. The artist has several more in a brick pot series in the show, which add some heft to the three-dimensional exhibits.

Second Place was awarded to Joyce McClain’s “Lake Garda,” a detailed solar etching, which draws the viewer in for a close look. Third Place winner is S. Williams’ bright watercolor “Details Bike,” a portrait of the antique bicycle with flowers in its basket that greets customers at the Details store on Littleton’s Main Street.

Honorable Mentions were given to Barbara Veatch for a mixed-media abstract painting; to Roseanne Stearne’s airy mixed media painting “Celebration II,” and to Gayla Ruckhaus’ “Iris,” created from colorful, textured wool fibers, pressed on a board, under glass.

This broad-based show, open to all, is a nice representation of the many interests community artists pursue, with a variety of skills.

The jurors’ statement had this description: “Upon walking through the gallery we were impressed by the variety of art in our community. We decided we needed to convey that diversity. The diversity is represented in each subject matter, technique and content. We decided that each artist should have at least one work of art in the show. If there were multiple submissions, we wanted to show strengths through similarity or originality and diversity. Other considerations included careful analysis of the artist's use of the art elements and principles. We awarded the strongest representations of a variety of media. Finally, we want to thank all artists who submitted to the Kaleidoscope show. It is our wish that each and every one of you continue to create, grow, and evolve as artists.”