Beneath the Bark: Creating in Wood
An exhibition and demonstration of wood working skills will be coming to the Wiregrass Gallery: An Artist Co-op, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, 11:30am -4:30pm. Participating in the event will be Co-op members Paul Craft, Walt Wager, and Dennis Mills. An omnipresent material and a medium of incredible versatility, wood can present as both an artistic creation and a functional form. The wood artists in the Wiregrass Gallery strive to provide both aesthetically pleasing and practical design.
Dennis Mills is a folk artist specializing in handmade canes. He uses wood carefully collected from the local area. He refines his art with inlaying techniques and unique finishes. He will do commissions to fit the collector’s interest, including furniture, jewelry boxes, and birdhouses.
Paul Craft began working in wood at the age of seven, making crude toy airplanes out of 2 by 4 scraps of lumber. He enjoyed having the freedom to make creations of his own design, shying away from the use of patterns and plans. His canoe paddles, spoons, bowls, and furniture are products of that approach to design.
Early awards in Junior high school for original designs and production fueled his love for creating in wood, but his endeavors had to take a hiatus due to inaccessibility to tools and equipment in high school. At the age of 32, he reentered the world of wood through a remodeling of his kitchen. Since that turning point, he has continued to add techniques and tools to his shop. In 1985, he started playing around with canoe paddle designs. Because conventional wood adhesives could not be used, he learned how to use the magic of epoxies, advanced fiberglass, and carbon fiber lay-ups. After a number of courses with masters such as Tage Frid, Roy Underhill, Kelly Mehler, Vic Wood and Drew Langsner, his inventory of tools and techniques ranges from use of antique European hand tools to modern machines and fiber reinforced plastics.
Walt Wager has been a wood turner for 12 years. According to Wager,” The best thing about working in this medium is seeing the wood comes alive.” He is a member of the American Association of Wood turners, Florida Craftsmen, and North Florida Wood turners. He has had invitational shows in The Thomasville Center for the Arts, LeMoyne Art Center, and Nomad’s Gallery, as well as participating in Downtown Tallahassee Market and Market Days. He is presently studio coordinator of King Arthur’s Tools in Tallahassee where he teaches classes. Wager will bring a small lathe to demonstrate turning.
Make plans to come to the Wiregrass Gallery on October 8, 2016, from 11:30am-4:30pm to meet these artists. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day both inside The Wiregrass Gallery and on the sidewalk. Artwork will be available for sale. The Wiregrass Gallery offers the best in fine art and fine crafts. Items for purchase include stained glass, wood, jewelry, paintings, drawings, pottery, photography, gourds, fractals, fiber art, and sculpture. Purchase prices vary, and there are items available for every budget.
The Wiregrass Gallery is open Tuesday- Saturday, 11am-5pm.
120 N. Broad Street
For more information contact:
Lindajo Haythorn (229)221-2100 [email protected]