Local Art Gallery With Focus On Indigenous Art To Open Soon
The KACO Art Gallery is scheduled to host a grand opening ceremony at its home studio, 20 W. Third St., Suite 12, on Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Kacey Colburn, a Native-American artist who is currently in residence at Jamestown Community College, is the founder and creator of KACO Art Gallery. The art center is a Native American-themed gallery that will focus on various indigenous art styles, exhibits and host various other non-Native American offerings.
“KayCo, is predominantly a gallery which displays cultural and non-cultural art, made by yours truly and includes small cultural and historic exhibits some that date back as far as 500 A.D.,” Colburn said. “For services, I will host shows, tours, mini-paranormal investigations, sell handmade items, consultations and I plan to host workshops both on and off location which could be anything from making corn husk dolls to exploring odd mediums like lipstick paintings.”
Early on, the gallery will have restricted hours of operation, with the hopes of expanding its hours, services and educational opportunities in the future. The gallery will be open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m.
Additionally, while several of the artworks on display were created by Colburn herself, she intends to use the space to help other artists.
“As I become established, I hope to bring on an individual or two for a sort of mentorship where I help them with their art,” she said. “Regarding cost or fees, I am working diligently to pin down a price that makes the gallery easily accessible to all.”
Staying true to her Native American roots is a priority for Colburn, as is her desire to see more culturally relevant offerings for the local indigenous population.
“Right now, what I can say for absolute certainty is that anything on display that is culturally relevant is free for all indigenous people, as one of my goals is to make our culture as accessible as possible to the indigenous families here that otherwise do not have access to our culture,” she said.