The Center for Art in Wood hosted an artist talk with woodworking celebrity Roy Underhill. Roy Underhill is an American woodworker and television show host. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he was the first master housewright at the Colonial Williamsburg reconstruction. Since 1979, he has been the host of the PBS series The Woodwright's Shop. Along with This Old House, which debuted the same year, it is the longest running PBS "how-to" show.
Join us to celebrate the fourth year of the Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award. Supported by an anonymous donor, this award is presented annually to an emerging or mid-career artist whose work unites quality of craftsmanship and respect for material, for which renowned master woodturner Bob Stocksdale (1913–2003) is known. The 2019 recipient for the Bob Stocksdale International Excellence in Wood Award is Humaira Abid of Seattle, WA.
What is the community of a tree? Are woodworkers part of it? What will happen if I, as a woodworker, place myself in a deeper relationship to the forest? Interdisciplinary artist and woodworker Gina Siepel discusses her ongoing work, To Understand a Tree, currently in process in the forest of western Massachusetts. To Understand a Tree is inspired by a desire to contemplate a living forest tree and its immediate habitat from the perspective of a woodworker, directly engaging both the forest ecosystem and the furniture making process. In collaboration with naturalist Kate Wellspring and others, Siepel is studying a single red oak tree, integrating artistic and scientific methodologies. Forests are complex, interconnected systems, and in that spirit, To Understand a Tree connects furniture and object making to questions of forest ecology, climate change, and resource extraction.
In all of Laura Petrovich Cheney's recent sculptures, a dialogue exists between environmental and individual concerns. Much of Laura's work is feminist in nature, incorporating traditional women's arts such as needlework and quilting, which are then transformed through found and re-purposed materials. Laura's dedication to her vision has been reflected in several shows, including the 2018 Memory and Material exhibit at the International Quilt Museum and What Remains at the Fuller Craft Museum in 2017. In October 2017 at Brooklyn's A.I.R. Gallery, Laura examined the political, social, and communal impacts of quilts in her curated exhibit Beyond the Bedcovers, a group show explored how quilting has evolved beyond its cozy functionality.
Erez Nevi Pana takes an investigative and human-centered approach to both raw and discarded materials, excavating their properties and exposing and extracting the hidden, often toxic or destructive, byproducts of industrial manufacture. His egalitarian attitude toward materials and makers brings poetry to objects of uncanny beauty—pure collaborations between nature and culture, otherworldly but borne of the earth. Reclaimed wood is the underlying structure for his salt objects. Nevi Pana eschews glue, sanding papers, and most varnishes, which are made from animal-based ingredients. Lathe-turned and bound, the wooden scaffolds are subjected to some of the most unique phenomena of nature.
In this don't-miss talk, Nevi Pana will share insights into his work, his thoughtful research into materials and processes, and his seminal thinking in Vegan Design as a curative approach to human-caused natural devastation.
This panel discussion features artists Ursula von Rydingsvard and Vivian Chiu, along with Daniel Traub, the director of the film Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own; it is moderated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director of the Center for Art in Wood. Join us for this candid discussion revealing von Rydingsvard's engagement with wood, the development of her sculptural process, her monumental forms, her studio practice—for which 2018 Windgate ITE Fellow Chiu worked as an assistant—and the behind-the-scenes making of the film.
Join us for a panel discussion with Searching for Home artist Humaira Abid, Dana Gold of Nationalities Service Center, Anne Ishii of Asian Arts Initiative, and Hazami Sayed of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. We'll discuss the contributions made by immigrants to the Philadelphia's rich culture, and connect to the situation faced by immigrants and refugees during COVID-19 and how the pandemic made it easy to overlook the vulnerable and unprotected.
Summer just isn't summer without baseball! Even though we can't go to a game the Center is bringing an evening in the stands to you with artist Mark Sfirri. Sfirri will share his love of the game and how it's influenced his work. Following the talk stay for a baseball-themed happy hour where we'll share some of our favorite highlights. Get your game gear and your hot dogs and peanuts ready for this don't miss virtual event!
Tel Aviv, Israel
The Center for Art in Wood had a lunch break with contemporary jewelry artist Dania Chelminsky. Here Dania talk about her childhood immigration to Israel from Mexico City and how this experience turned her focus to the body and the material of wood as she pursued a career in metalsmithing.
Take a virtual trip of delight and discovery along the Appalachian Trail with woodcarver and hiker Jim Tabor. Jim will talk about his love of spoon carving, stories from the Trail, and what it means to be a "Trail Angel."
Connor McGivney is the owner of Rockridge Table Co., a custom furniture shop based in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Here, he shares the story of his company as well as a tour of his studio.
Shop a selection of cutting boards from Rockridge Table Co. below!
Keunho Peter Park is an international artist, woodworker, and instrument maker who teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a B.F.A in painting from South Korea's Kookmin University and an M.F.A. in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Park is also the recipient of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show's Wharton Esherick award and the Windgate resident artist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shop a selection of Park's work below!
Nucharin Wangphongsawasd was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She earned a Bachelor Degree of Architecture in Industrial Design from the School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi. She continued to study woodworking and furniture design at the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology. After mastering her woodworking skills in the US, she relocated to Bangkok in 2013 to establish herself as an artist and maker. Wangphongsawasd has served as a guest instructor at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok University and Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin.
Montvale, New Jersey
"Having studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute I founded two Package Design companies. After 30 years of making products for others it was time to return to my artist roots. I discovered WoodTurning in 2008 and became addicted to the process of peeling away layers of wood to create beautiful forms. In my Montvale, NJ studio my focus is on Bowls, Wood Art and Jewelry." — Alan Adler
Katie Hudnall doesn't make traditional furniture informed by centuries of traditional joinery: her exuberant and wondrous pieces are put together with cold fittings and made from recycled wood. They are ingenious contraptions, the place where Rube Goldberg meets the falling-down barn in a wheat field. View Katie's work in the Center's Collection »
Lori has over two decades in nonprofit arts management starting her career at Bristol Riverside Theatre (BRT), located in Bucks County, PA. In 2010, Lori joined the Center's staff; serving as the Director of Administration, she monitors day-to-day business operations of the Center, manages the Museum Store, supervises the Sales Associates, and assists the Managing Director.
Do you have a question or comment about these makers, or do you want to share a tour of your own studio? Send Lori an email!