Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 2:04pm

A reception will be held on January 27 for Earthworks, an exhibition of works by Stephanie McMahon, in the Center Gallery at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

The reception, from 6-8 p.m., is free and open to the public. The exhibition is a collaboration between JCC and the Cattaraugus County Council on the Arts and is on display through March 9.

Earthworks features abstract paintings of the area around McMahon’s home in Alfred. She incorporates the environmental elements, structures, and landscape that surround her into vibrant works.

“I think Stephanie McMahon’s abstractions are very strong,” says Patricia Briggs, Center Gallery director. “They reflect the rich tradition of Abstract Expression where pure abstraction relates to emotions and spirit, and also link to the hard edge forms associated with contemporary art and graphic design.”  

McMahon is the recipient of the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Award of Excellence. She has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts S.O.S. and Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

McMahon’s work has been reviewed and published in New American Paintings, Hyperallergic, Cantanker Magazine, Art Lies, The New York Sun and Syracuse University’s literary and visual arts journal, Stone Canoe. She earned a BFA at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and an MFA at the University of Texas.

An associate professor of painting and drawing at Alfred University, McMahon had solo exhibitions at T + H Gallery in Boston and The Belfry in Hornell recently.

The Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and all college holidays.

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