Exhibit preview: Forget cocoa. Gallery looks to color to warm you up

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From the January 30, 2014 edition

Got the Winter Blues? Terra Gallery’s got you colored. Err ... covered. Well, both actually.

Starting Saturday, the intimate Poplar Ave. locale will showcase “Kaleidoscope,” an exhibition hell-bent on bathing you in all the crisp tones and undulating hues the season’s natural color palette doesn’t have to offer.

And with Columbus’ recent blast of snow-filled “brrr,” owner and curator Jeff Hersey said it was about time.

“With all the gray weather we’ve been having, we wanted to brighten things up,” Hersey said. “So we pulled out our colorful works, requested our artists do colorful pieces, got some new pieces in. The timing was good for a show based on color.”

You’re definitely not going to get bored with medium either. Free-standing sculptures, glass pieces and vases stand their gallery ground, while wall-mounted origami and other mixed-media items, as well as oil and acrylic paintings, hang from floor to ceiling in true salon-style fashion.

The pieces, created by 25 accomplished artists from Columbus and the nation over, are emotionally infectious, Hersey said, making them sure to leave their mark long after you’ve drifted back into the grays of the city.

“(The mediums and patterns) come together in a balanced way, but they’re a feast of color, very spontaneous and playful, like a kaleidoscope” he said. “So I just don’t think you’d be able to walk out of here without being at least slightly uplifted.”