College’s “Play On” Art Exhibit Combines Passion for Music and Ceramics

Artist Kevin Ramler encourages the community to literally ‘play on’ the art pieces he’s created for the “Play On” art exhibit, on display in Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery (Building D) March 4-29.

The community is invited to the opening reception on Monday, March 4, at noon, in the same location. The reception is free, and refreshments will be served.

Combining his interest in music, clay, and function, Ramler has created a show of masterpiece objects ranging from small traditional instruments meant to played and enjoyed in a musical context to large-scale sculptures that dwell in the ambiguous spaces between functional ceramics, sculpture, craft, and music.

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Artist Kevin Ramler combines his passion for art and music to create a show of masterpiece objects on display at LSC-Montgomery March 4-29.

“Play is very important,” said Ramler in his artist statement. In creating, I emphasize playful problem solving and unique aesthetic choices that project organic whimsy. Play is also integral to my finished work. These are not objects to be displayed, but instruments meant to played.”

According to Ramler, many of the pieces in the show include reclaimed elements from his home and neighborhood.

“These elements are often functional objects, such as fences and cast iron pipes, which have been rendered functionless by age or neglect,” said Ramler. “I have given these material relics a renewed function both as a part of an instrument and as aesthetic objects.”

Music was Ramler’s main passion until 2005, when he was introduced to the art of ceramics during a night class at Richland Community College in Dallas. The first pots he ever made—three pit-fired pinch pots—won first place in ceramics at the Richland Student Art Show. He has since gone on to receive numerous awards and is working toward his master of fine arts degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery is a teaching gallery at LSC-Montgomery, and the presentations and artwork provided are free to the community. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about the arts at LSC-Montgomery, contact Fong Chau, program coordinator for theatre/fine arts at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 273-7021 or Fong.T.Chau@LoneStar.edu; or visit www.LoneStar.edu/theatre-montgomery.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.