WOODN'T YOU KNOW?
Featuring wood carvings by
Kannapolis Artist Barry Russell
and by members of the
Catawba Valley Woodcarvers Association
November 2-21, 2012
Opening Reception November 2
5-7:30pm hosted by
Lenoir Service League
Kannapolis artist Barry Russell says, " Woodturning is about the wood and form, Today, woodturning as an art form has taken many directions. Work on the lathe easily lends itself to the creation of vessels, but the vessel is only the beginning. Many artists are moving the art away from the vessel and are creating sculpture on the lathe. Most of my work retains the vessel. I seek to use classic forms as a starting point. I use various techniques to transform the vessel and present it in a different context. I employ carving, sculpting, texturing, burning, and coloring to create a work product that has a visual and tactile impact on those who come in contact with it.
"As an artist working with wood as a media, I am challenged by a beautiful and unique material that can be formed to create a unique object that honors 'The beauty of wood and the elegance of form'.
"I explore woodturning in my studio with an open and independent mind. I am inspired by those who came before me and those who are working today, but I follow my own path allowing my work to evolve."
Following are samples of Barry's work, and visit his website http://www.zhibit.org/barryrussel :
The Catawba Valley Woodcarvers Association
Catawba Valley Woodcarvers meet every second Thursday of each month at Klingspors Woodworking Shop in Hickory NC. We have carvers of all skill levels and interests. Feel free to join us for a meeting or email us to let us know of your interest.
Mission: To promote woodcarving in the Catwba Valley Region
Overview: We are a group of friends who meet at the Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory NC on a monthly basis. We meet the second Thursday of every month. All types of wood carving are practiced within our club, all wood carvers are welcome.
Woodwork by Frank Freer Woodwork by Don McHugh