New exhibit at Rocky gallery features clay artists

2014-01-02T08:30:00Z 2014-01-03T14:32:10Z New exhibit at Rocky gallery features clay artists The Billings Gazette

The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery in Technology Hall on the campus of Rocky Mountain College will present an exhibit from the Red Lodge Clay Center, which opens Thursday, Jan. 9, with a public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 7.

The Red Lodge Clay Center’s mission is to provide a place for professionally minded ceramic artists to create new work and “to share with our resident artists and the general public the importance of art in our everyday lives.”

The exhibit will feature new work by their yearlong resident ceramic artists for 2013-14.

Koral Halperin spent the first half of her life in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the second in Chicago and New York.

“My work tends to reveal observations of the natural and manmade world,” Halperin said. “Rituals and patterns of the natives of Africa, and the Americas, alongside the spatial understanding of Picasso and Mondrian, also influence my aesthetic.”

Perr Haas studied in Korea and China.

“My background knowledge of the Asian tradition is evident in my work,” Haas said. “My current work is focused on how to express pressure and force. I have been concentrating on large-scale platters that are expressing movement horizontally across the surface, allowing for cracks and fissures to occur.”

Molly Bishop said her work says things that she can’t say.

“It is my way of relating to the rest of the world,” Bishop said. “Hand-building the pieces and showing their imperfections helps add to the intimate, secret-sharing experience of my pots and forms.”

Ryan Matthew Mitchell focuses on the task of putting ambiguity and paradox between commonly held polar concepts. These include creation and destruction, artifice and artifact, past and present, symbolic and real, violence and care, part and whole, void and meaning, sincerity and irony, circumstance and intention.

Ryniker-Morrison Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The gallery will be closed Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King holiday. For more information, contact Sally McIntosh at

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