Handcrafted one-of-a-kind kaleidoscopes and more than 80 works of art using intense colors by 50 area artists are on display at the current Full Spectrum & Kaleidoscope exhibit at the Hannibal Arts Council Gallery, 105 S. Main St.
The public is invited to view the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, and Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The HAC is closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
The exhibit will continue through Saturday, Aug. 10, with special hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that day as part of the Second Saturday Gallery Night events in downtown Hannibal.
Kaleidoscopes by Steve and Peggy Kittelson of Clermont, Iowa, are part of the exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the Mark Twain Cave, Missouri Arts Council and HAC.
“We take a chance every time we throw out a theme similar to what we did with Full Spectrum,” said HAC Executive Director Michael Gaines. “During what we call ‘open’ shows at the Hannibal Arts Council, we never know how many pieces will come in.
“We were very pleased when over 80 pieces by 50 area artists came in,” he continued. “Full Spectrum truly does represent the spectrum of colors. ... When I walk in the office, I almost don’t need my morning coffee to wake up. I just look at the entries in the exhibit. The color really wakes you up and sets the tone for the day.”
Gaines explained the HAC hosts at least one theme exhibit per year, and recent ones have included Art From the Parks and Winter Blues. “We schedule theme exhibits to challenge area artists, to encourage them to create new pieces specifically for a special exhibit like this and to provide another opportunities for area artists to get their work on our walls. For most of our open shows, as we call them, we open the opportunity for artists living within a 50-mile radius of Hannibal.
“As Hannibal’s arts council we certainly have major participation from Hannibal artists, but also have frequent involvement of artists from Quincy, Palmyra, Monroe City, Bowling Green, Louisiana and other smaller communities in the 50-mile radius area,” Gaines reported.
“This is true for our entire organization outside of just our gallery programming. We see both Hannibal and area citizens involved in our children’s workshops, festivals and classes and in our membership, volunteer base and even our board and committee participation.”
See photo gallery for more pictures.