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Japanese Art to be Featured at Greeley’s Tointon Gallery


Japanese pottery and sculptures by an artist whose works are in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection will be on display at the Tointon Gallery’s next exhibit.

The exhibit, “Stone Vessels: Ceramic Works” features a selection of Masuo Ojima’s artwork previously owned by local collectors.

The exhibit’s opening reception is free to the public and goes from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the gallery, 651 10th Avenue. Light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit runs from June 16-July 14. It’s free and open to the public during regular Greeley Recreation Center business hours. It’s also open during Union Colony Civic Center performances for ticketholders.

About the Exhibit

This collection features work that varies from delicate, organic, pear-like shapes to glazed stoneware vases and platters. All of the hand-built elements are crafted using repetition of small elements to create pattern, uniformity and cohesion.

About the Artist

Masuo Ojima, a Japanese-born artist based in San Francisco, California, creates his iconic style by using traditional Japanese ceramic techniques and applying these methods to a backdrop of modern form. These geometrically inspired works use unexpected color and glaze combinations, textures, and forms to carve out a unique look and style of their own.

About the Donors

The collection of pottery and sculptural ceramics by Ojima was made possible by the generous donation of dedicated, lifelong collectors Craig Montgomery and Ed Santistevan of Greeley. The artwork is now part of the gallery’s permanent collection.

About the Tointon Gallery

The Tointon Gallery features up to 12 different exhibits annually. It is the only city-run gallery in Greeley. The facility allows visitors to experience the visual arts and enjoy educational and thought-provoking discussions. By contributing to the city’s thriving arts community, the Tointon Gallery enhances the community and the quality of life of its residents. To learn more about Greeley’s public gallery, visit or contact Kim Snyder at



Release Date:
Jun 14, 2023

Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator


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