Nicole Roberts Hoiland's "Recent Work" will be on display through July 29 at the Porthole Gallery, 712 Washington St., Brainerd. The exhibit features stoneware and porcelain. A reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. June 28. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Hoiland, a graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School, earned her bachelor of arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, and master of arts and master of fine arts degrees from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she was also a member of the faculty. She also taught at the American School in Paris in 1997-98.
Hoiland's work is made out of clay and finished with slip, both of which are pliable and reactive materials. The forms are only black or white. Most of the works are a combination of wheel-thrown and hand-built components.
Hoiland often explores cultures and belief systems in her art. "I use abstraction as a way to express personal idea through the tool," she said.
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