Exhibits

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Competition 2019 - Part 2

In June I had posted about how I had entered "Beloved" into the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts competition, and had been informed that my piece had won an award. I didn't know what it was at the time because awards are first announced at the opening reception. I promised an update, but then my busy schedule made me forget to do so...

To my great surprise and delight, my piece won 2nd Best in Show for the professional division. Here are some photos from the opening reception:

The line for the opening reception on July 23, 2019.

The line for the opening reception on July 23, 2019.

The postcard for the exhibit.

The postcard for the exhibit.

Testa series

Many of my biomorphic forms are inspired by seed coat morphology - especially of parasitic plant seeds. Castilleja seeds are interesting to me in that the outer seed coat separates from the inner, which results in a skeleton-like appearance.

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I just completed this little form in time for the 2019 American Association of Woodturners symposium, which will take place in a couple of weeks. It’s made from a dogwood end grain turning, which gives the thin-walled elements a lot of strength. It’s 3.75 X 3.25 inches in size (9.53 X 8.3 cm). I will have it on display in the instant gallery at the AAW symposium, in Raleigh, NC (July 12-14).

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Competition 2019

Well, this is good news:

"Congratulations!

Your Artwork has been Awarded at the 2019 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition! We cannot disclose which award you won at this time. We encourage you to attend the Opening Reception on Tuesday, July 23rd 6-8pm. Please see invitation given to you at the artist drop-off (or mailed to you) for more details. The Award Ceremony will begin at 630pm in the Rotunda."

I've no clue as to what prize it might be - probably not a major one, though. Still, I'm excited to have an award for the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Competition - there were more than 2200 entries - mostly 2D works, but a good selection of 3D as well.

I will post an update after I find out what the award is...

Here's my artist's statement:

The natural world offers many inspirations. I am a botanist by day and a woodturner/carver in whatever spare time I can glean from the week. My work has focused on the use of surface enhancements that employ botanical or other biological motifs.

Beloved originated with the loss of a maple tree at an 1800s homestead in Tennessee. The tree was on the property of a good friend whose family has lived in this home from its beginning. The maple was also an original inhabitant of the property. My friend asked artists in the woodturning community to make something from the wood of her beloved tree so that she would have a collection of photos celebrating the life of the tree. I hope my rendering of leaves from the wood of this beloved maple tree has done honor to my friend’s memories of her life-long home.


Just for context, this is from Vicki Jordan's tree. She sent out hundreds of wood blanks from her beloved tree. It took me a bit longer than I had expected to finish this piece, because of the deep curve on the rim, plus the wood was rock hard! I can't begin to tell you how many hours of work (and cussing) this piece took, but I'm glad it will have some recognition at this year's Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit.

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