Her Heart: Works by Mo Gary and Janet Whaley
Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 5:30-9pm
Exhibition runs November 7-28, 2014
Twenty years ago, two ceramic artists at the University of Montana came together to show their work at the University's Art Annex. Janet Whaley, had recently completed her B.F.A in Ceramics and was studying Graduate non-degree before starting her M.F.A in Ceramics, and Mo Gary, was taking an independent study with Professor Beth Lo. Both were non-traditional students in their 40s, both had long careers in health care, and both have become well-known members of Missoula's art community. Over the intervening 20 years the two have exhibited in shows and galleries in Montana. Now, the Clay Studio of Missoula is bringing them together again for another show - Her Heart - featuring the works of these two ceramic artists.
When the two came together to show their work at the University's Art Annex it became the beginning of a long friendship that has been enriched by their life experiences and art. They have attended several summer workshops together over the years at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, and currently both are members of the Clay Studio serving on the gallery committee. Janet also serves on the board for the Missoula Art Museum.
Her Heart is a collaborative show that details their growth and experiences personally and artistically. Mo's concrete, earthiness and love of nature is solidified in woodfired and raku works. She refers to herself as a pyromaniac and loves the community effort necessary for both of those firing styles. The unexpected passing of Mo's husband two years ago has informed her in a series of works she calls "Heart Strings" which are featured in the show. Janet's early introduction to Montanaís natural beauty combined with her love of exploring myths and fairy tales, especially the mermaid myth, shapes her work. Porcelain is her canvas where she uses underglazes slips and luster to create pieces that depict the day-to-day activities of living as well as myths and fantasy
The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from November 7-28, 2014, with an opening on Friday, November 7 from 5:30-9pm.
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