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Red Lodge Clay Center exhibit opens Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Northwest Gallery

Posted January 22, 2009

P O W E L L,  W y o. - An exhibit of work by five ceramists from the Red Lodge Clay Center opens Tuesday, Feb. 3, with an artists' reception at 7:30 p.m. at Northwest Gallery in Powell.

Titled "Red Lodge Clay Center Presents: Round II," the exhibit is a combination of functional, figurative and decorative ceramics that includes both wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces. The featured artists are Red Lodge Clay Center Executive Director David Hiltner and Gallery Director Anthony Schaller, plus three artists in residence: Ernest Forward, Ryan Olsen and Paige Wright.

Hiltner holds degrees from Wichita State University in Kansas and Syracuse University in New York. His teaching career includes classes taught at both his alma maters as well as at Northwest College and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. A widely exhibited artist, Hiltner is known for his kiln-building workshops and has been featured in several publications.

Schaller is coordinator of the Permanent Collection for the Bermuda National Gallery and past curator of ARC Exhibitions at Andrews University. His works have been featured in exhibitions throughout the country and can be found in both private and public collections.

Forward, an instructor at the Alaska State Fine Arts Academy, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Olsen is a Wyoming native who attended Casper College and Utah State before earning a master's degree at Wichita State University. Wright is a past artist-in-residence at Carbondale Clay Center. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and has completed post-baccalaureate work at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The Red Lodge Clay Center exhibit is displayed through Friday, Feb. 27, in Northwest Gallery. Located in the Cabre Building on the Northwest College campus, the gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and Thursday evenings until 7 p.m. Admission is free.