SUNY JCC Weeks Gallery Hosts “Out of Paper”

Rolled pieces of paper combine to create a sculpture that is now on display in the Weeks Gallery at SUNY JCC.

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SUNY Jamestown Community College

“Out of Paper,” an exhibition that puts a creative spin on the many uses of paper, runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays Oct. 10 through Dec. 14 at SUNY Jamestown Community College in the Weeks Gallery on the Jamestown Campus.

The free event is open to the public and features works from local, regional, national, and international artists. An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 20.

“We have eight individual artists contributing works,” Colin Shaffer, managing director of galleries for JCC said. “Some use paper in ways you would expect — to print or to paint on, or make books — others explore its sculptural possibilities, or turn what is analog, digital.”

The exhibition is the first to be organized by a visiting curator. Debra Eck is an internationally exhibited, British mixed-media artist who lives and works locally. A SUNY Distinguished Adjunct, Eck has taught at JCC and SUNY Fredonia, and has conducted workshops in book arts across the United States and Europe. She is excited to present such a diverse selection of works that all begin with similar material.

“Paper is such a mundane thing, even in today’s digital world, it is still everywhere,” Eck shared. “It’s fascinating how each artist takes as simple a medium as paper and transforms it into something unique.”

Exhibiting artists are Wendy Bale of Jamestown; Sara Brown-Milspaw and Carrie Tredo, both of Westfield; Bob Collingon, Lisa Kissel Collingon, and Janna Willoughby-Lohr, all of Buffalo; Celia Price of Lockport; Jill Dawson of Westford, VT; and Julie Dodd of Wirral, U.K.

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