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Artwork courtesy of Dana Zier, titled, “Olive Jar and Pear, Anoited” 

Ryniker-Morrison Gallery presents ‘A Still Life Painting’ exhibit September 3-30olive jar

BILLINGS, August 14, 2015 – RMC’s Ryniker-Morrison Gallery will host A Still Life Painting exhibit in Tech Hall on the RMC campus from September 3-30, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public, who are cordially invited to attend.

“Painting a still life is different from painting a portrait or a landscape,” said Sally McIntosh, the director of the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery. “The artist sets the stage, controlling the objects to be painted, the light, and therefore the color with no movement to account for.”

McIntosh described this style of painting by citing the words of Arthur Stern, author of How to See Color & Paint It, who said he uses still life as a lesson in how to paint what the eye sees. McIntosh added that some of the “still life masters” over the course of art history have included Venetian, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th and 17th century, and more recently, Eugene Delacroix, Paul Cezanne, and Claude Monet.

Still life paintings in the first exhibit of the fall semester at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery will include works by local artists Elliott Eaton, Connie Herberg, Linda Piper, Robert Tompkins, and Dana Zier.

“Some pieces obviously present as still and quiet, while others with movement,” said Tompkins in his artist statement. “In either case, the subject is treated with the integrity it deserves.”

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day holiday.