Ryniker-Morrison hosts its last art show of the school year, article by Kajlea Richards

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Ryniker-Morrison Gallery will be hosting its final art show of the school year from April 19 to May 5.

The Exhibit, dubbed “The Horse,” will feature works by artists such as Sonja Caywood, Jerry Cornelia, Tina DeWeese, Allen Knows His Gun, Beth Lee, Elyssa Leininger, Ivan Long, Brooke Moore, Carol Spielman, Sue Tirrell and Kelly Wolfe. Many of the artists are painters, photographers, sculptors, calligraphers, and ceramicists.

IMG_5064According to Sally McInstosh of Rocky Mountain College, the overall goal of the exhibit is to provide artists with the opportunity to use their works as a means of depicting “the spirit of the horse.” Elyssa Leininger, a former RMC student who is featured in the show stated,  “I am excited to share my passion for horses and the Western way of life with others and to have the opportunity for my pieces to be displayed alongside the work of amazing and successful artists who also share my passions.” Two of the artists featured in the show, Carol Spielman and Jerry Cornelia, are two of the most successful and well-known artists in Montana, and Leininger looks forward to working alongside of them.

Sue Tirrell, a featured ceramicist from Livingston, stated, “There isn’t a time in my life where horses haven’t colored my thoughts or driven my creative process. I see horses as shape-shifting characters in my own life as well as in my work. They are at once a solid foundation upon which much of Western art, culture and identity have been built, and a moveable guide that spirits the imagination across land and sky. I am interested in that tension between the weight of historical narrative and the possibility of freedom the horse presents as contemporary subject matter.”

The exhibit’s opening will take place on Friday, April 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and, as long as the weather permits it, horses from the RMC Equine program will be present for the opening reception. The Ryniker-Morrison gallery is located on the RMC campus in Tech Hall. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is closed on school holidays.

There will also be an open house on April 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Intermountain Equestrian Center, 7256 Montana Highway 3, where both students and faculty members will be offering tours of the facility.

IMG_5063For questions regarding the open house please contact Scott Neuman, Director of Equine Studies, at 406-671-6179. For more information regarding the exhibit contact Sally McIntosh at sally.mcintosh@rocky.edu.

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