Rhythmix Presents Essence Exhibit this Month

Jan Watten This is one of many pieces by Jan Watten that will be on display at the Essence Exhibit

Rhythmix Presents Essence Exhibit this Month

Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is presenting the Essence exhibit in its K Gallery studio on the next two Saturdays this month.

The exhibit will showcase artwork from Kim Cheselka and Alameda resident Jan Watten. Cheselka is a painter, while Watten’s specializes in analog film photography.

The RCW website calls the exhibit “a contemporary view of nature.”

“With nature as their inspiration, these tranquil observations express the importance of exploring and celebrating the beauty of our world,” the exhibit’s press release states. “Jan Watten captures the natural world around her in black and white with a medium format film camera, seizing the moment into contemplative and lyrical images. Her images evolve from observing and exploring the natural world — with the objective of capturing an essence of nature. Kim Cheselka’s large scale gouache paintings focus on the symbolic nature of tree growth rings and investigate memories past and emotions present. Her work entices the viewer to delve not only into her unique visual expression but their own process of investigation as well.”

This exhibit was curated by RCW executive director Janet Koike.

Watten is from Oakland and has a BFA in Photography from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been making photographs for more than 25 years in her Oakland studio in the Jingletown Arts District. Cheselka lives in Southern California.

The exhibit will be available for viewing on Feb. 12 and 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. To arrange an alternative viewing time, contact info@rhythmix.org or call 510-865-5060.

Rhythmix Cultural Works is located at 2513 Blanding Ave. For more information on RCW, visit www.rhythmix.org.

Kim Cheselka    Kim Cheselka’s large scale gouache paintings focus on the symbolic nature of tree growth rings.