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Beyond Containment
March 4 - May 24, 2012

An international roster of forty invited studio artists takes woodturning from its traditional roots in bowls, vessels and boxes into new territory.

This exhibit, the sixth in our very popular Professional Outreach Program invitational series, challenges turners to think beyond one of woodturnings most basic forms: the vessel. What is containment? What is beyond containment?

Catalogs from previous exhibits: Roots, The Teapot, The Spindle, The Sphere and Japanese Bowls can be viewed on the Past Exhibits page.


A sampling of images from the exhibition:

Sharon DOughtie's Esprit

Sharon Doughtie, Esprit
Curly mango, tagua nut
2.75" x 4.75"

Kristin LeVier Ominousa bowl

Kristin LeVier, Ominousa bowl (small) Compressed cherry, acrylic paint
4.5" x 6"

Derek Weidman Father's Watch

Derek Weidman, Father's Watch
Holly, acrylic paint, lead
6" x 7.25"

Seedpod vessel with symbols, by Andi Wolfe

Andi Wolfe,
You Will Reap What You Sow
Mesquite, 6" x 5.5"

Transfer by Michael Hosaluk

Michael Hosaluk, Transfer
Rawhide, linen 6" x 5"

3rd Rocking Bowl by Hans Weissflog

Hans Weissflog, 3rd Rocking Bowl
African blackwood, boxwood, lacquer 3" x 6" x 4.25"

Jailbreak by Art Liestman

Art Liestman, Jailbreak
Bigleaf maple burl, walnut
6.12 x 6.25 x 1.5

Dixie Biggs, Inside a Seed Dreams

Dixie Biggs, Inside a Seed Dreams Cherry, India ink
3.25" x 3" x 6"

Jason Schneider Untitled

Jason Schneider, Untitled
Cardboard, plaster, acrylic
6" x 6"

Gotta Dance vessel by Lynne Yamaguchi

Lynne Yamaguchi, Gotta DanceMesquite
3" x 5"

Cube wiuth image of vessel by Ron Gerton

Ron Gerton, Untitled
Wood, photo images, paint
6" x 6" x 6"

Terry Martin, MunchtimeTerry Martin, Munchtime
Mallee burl, acrylic paint


Elephant in corner of room by John Morris

John Morris,
The Elephant in the Room

Tasmanian blackwood, silky oak, myrtle, hoop pine, camphor laurel, acrylic paint, pencil
6" x 6" x 6"

Continuation by Mark Sfirri

Mark Sfirri, Continuation
Figured milo
6" x 4.25" x 4.25

Benoit Avery untitled

Benoit Averly, Cube
Horse chestnut
6" x 6" x 6"

JPaul Fennell, Xylos

J Paul Fennell, Xylos
Mesquite, electroluminescent wire
6" x 6"

Malcolm Zander, Essence

Malcolm Zander, Essence of Lace
Pink ivory, quinacridone red, nitrocellulose lacquer
5.75" x 4.25"

Pascal Oudet, Diabolo 21
Oak, sandblasted and ebonized
6" x 3.5" x 4.25"

Janel Jacobson Year of the Dragon

Janel Jacobson, Beyond Containment - Year of the Dragon
Boxwood, mammoth tusk, horn, gold leaf, black poisonwood 1.5" x 2" x 1.5"


Art From the Lathe
Selections from the AAW Permanent Collection

Art From the Lathe features work by noted wood artists working in a variety of styles. Designed to illustrate the range of artistic expression and techniques used by masters of the field, the exhibit includes works that are 'pure' - in other words created entirely on the lathe - and pieces that have been carved, burned, sandblasted, segmented and reconstructed.


Also on display: vintage lathes and reproductions of lathes from the Viking era to the late 1700s.

Recently ended:

November 13 - December 30, 2011

PIerced vessel by Binh PhoThe World Turns: AAW@25

This high-octane exhibit features work by several prominent artists who were also founders of the American Association of Woodturners in 1986, as well as younger artists whose work in wood was influenced and supported by their affiliation with the AAW. The AAW fosters an environment of open sharing and learning, and has been instrumental in advancing both the techniques and growing prominence of wood art in the world today.

Historical importance aside, this exhibition, curated by Kevin Wallace of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, brings together an impressive array of works in wood. Don't miss it!

Left: Binh Pho, Sacred Journey


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A David Ellsworth Retrospective

Ellsworth figured ash vesselFor artist David Ellsworth, wood is "the most perfect imperfect material". Ellsworth, a pioneer in the field of wood art, is a master of form whose quietly powerful work has influenced three generations of wood artists. "To me, creating is collaboration between ideas, materials and process," says Ellsworth, who has been a professional artist since the early 70's. A student of sculpture and architecture, he also studied ceramics, and although that influence is clearly seen, there is no question but that these works are as much about the wood as the forms.
David Ellsworth's work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others. He is a former Pew Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellow.



A Gathering of Spoons II
Selected Spoons from the Collection of Norman Stevens

Frank WRight standing spoonAlthough his initial intention was to collect a few dozen examples of contemporary wooden spoons, for American fine craft collector Norman Stevens, that original plan soon expanded to creating a reference “treasury” of almost 300 spoons from all over the globe. Each spoon is carefully documented, and Stevens’ collection has become a valued resource for those studying this increasingly popular art form.
The spoons range from very traditional designs intended for daily use, to use-defying spoons created by contemporary sculptors like Doug Finkel and Kristin LeVier.
Although being explored anew by contemporary artist, spoons have long provided a canvas for artistic expression. “Love spoons,” carved in Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the British Isles were used for courtship for hundreds of years. A young man would put his heart (and competitive spirit) into carving a spoon that represented both his ardor and his abilities as a craftsman – an indicator of his potential for supporting a family. If the young woman accepted the spoon, they were considered betrothed.

A Gathering of Spoons II will be displayed through September 16th.

Standing Spoon by Frank Wright, Lanesboro, Minnesota








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