Student art show displays in the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery

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“by Sydney Weaver”

On Oct. 24, the Rocky Mountain College Student Art Show opened up in the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery.

The show featured student art projects that had been completed over the course of the fall 2019 semester.

There were many different types of artwork displayed at the show. The center of the room featured shoes made out of nothing but cardboard, and on the walls, works of acrylic paintings and wire pieces were displayed.

Harry Koyama, a local artist who is known for his colorful oil paintings of American-West- ern subjects, judged the show and chose the top three pieces. There were two honorable mentions: Carrie Daniels’ piece titled “Ram Skull,” which was created out of cardboard, and Avi Fortner’s acrylic painting titled “Dancing in a Glitch.”

Third place went to Tanner Goligoski’s “Cad Reed Cuttie” acrylic painting and in second place was Nicky Litherland’s “Aspen Zia” acrylic painting.

The freshman art seminar class and senior seminar class both voted on a piece from the show. Olivia James received the senior seminar vote with her piece titled “Wasp,” which was made from steel wire.

Amelia Buffington received the freshman seminar vote alongside the first place title with her acrylic painting titled “Call Me When You Feel Better.”

Buffington is a senior who is majoring in art and graduating this spring. Buffington said the piece “took me four hours start to finish. I work fast. It’s a bad artist habit.” She was inspired by the seasons in all our lives when we are being overwhelmed or when things aren’t going the way they were planned. She thought that all college students could relate to the overwhelming feeling of anxiety, of not being able to catch up to “what could or should be.”

Buffington says that she can relate to the painting because of her struggle with seasonal depression. She stated that “it’s important to talk about difficult or taboo subjects that are actually really common,” and that is what she wanted this piece to portray. The piece is all about recognizing, reasoning, and actively seeking help.

The name “Call Me When You Feel Better” is a catch-phrase loved ones say when they see others in a tough place, going through hard emotions and they don’t know how to react. “Simple and cliché, it means no one is going to help you if you don’t want to help yourself,” Buffington says.

“You have to actively seek a way out, or you’ll be stuck forever waiting for someone to save you from everything you’re against.”

Buffington said, “‘Call Me When You Feel Better’ was an explorative piece outside of my regular comfort zone of illustration.” She had never worked with an abstract impression concept before, and she found it freeing to do something different.

This exhibition was designed to showcase the students’ work over time and is an opportunity to show every student’s artistic talent, even if they are not an art student.

The student pieces will be on display until Dec. 6, and the gallery will be open until 4 p.m. on weekdays.

From left to right: Wire Deer #3 by Mya Winters, Abby Luck by Amelia Buffington, and Cake by Amelia Buffington. Photo by Sydney Weaver.

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