October 21, 2009

Three artists show works through November 19

Carson Campus Galleries Feature Drawings, Ceramics & Mixed Media

Wood Salt Fired Vase - Joe Winter
Wood Salt Fired Vase - Joe Winter

Western Nevada College's second art gallery exhibition of the fall on the Carson City campus brings together stoneware fired with inventive glazes, a digital/mixed media homage to the ancient art of petroglyphs, and inspired pen and ink drawings.

The exhibitions are showing in the Main Gallery, the College Gallery and the Atrium Gallery in WNC Carson's Bristlecone Building through Thursday, Nov. 19.

Joe Winter's "Pyrotechniques III" is a clever title for to describe his use of gas and wood fired techniques to produce colorful interactions between clay and glaze.

In his words, " . . .I am most interested in fire as a dynamic tool for creating pots with unique beauty, depth and character. Fire, the weather, timing, my hands and a lot of other variables keep the work dynamic and unique."

Susan Kotler is inspired by natural objects, especially water, rocks, and trees and by reminders of past human presence, such as petroglyphs that evoke a feeling of mystery and historical connection. She juxtaposes and layers different photographic, hand-created, and scanned images with computer software and prints them on different media. Kotler often adds rice paper, glass beads and other materials to create textured images.

Kotler's project is supported by funding from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to the Nevada Rock Art Foundation for their guidance with this project.

Artist Jim McCormick's exhibit is titled, "Dark Side of the Moon." Inspired by pieces of driftwood he picked up in Oregon, his pen and ink drawings "nudged my imagination to explore more than their richly reticulated surfaces.

"The dark side of the moon (or moons) was introduced as a metaphor for that which is assumed to exist but which cannot be verified from our place on earth. It is an assumption that is typical of so many aspects of our lives--trust in the midst of mystery."

Joe Winter will offer a demonstration of his ceramic techniques to interested students and members of the public in Aspen 213 on Monday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 - 8:15 pm.

The WNC Carson Galleries, located in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson campus, are open weekdays from 9 am to 8 p.m, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. All exhibitions and related activities are free and open to the public.

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Susan Kotler - Fertility Ritual Driftwood Peak by Jim McCormick  
Susan Kotler - "Fertility Ritual""Driftwood Peak" by Jim McCormick  
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