Reception: Saturday, October 13 at 4pm
Wohlfarth Galleries is expanding its repertoire by showing work exploiting the natural beauty of the colors, forms, and patterns of wood by five local artists. Their work ranges from free standing and wall sculptures to vessels and furniture with decorative and sculptural value. The wide variety of forms and styles, the tactile and visual qualities, and the fine craftsmanship of the work will appeal will appeal to a wide range of viewers.
The wood turners begin with wood from freshly-cut trees, often rough-turning them first. The shaped piece of wood is mounted on the lathe. As it spins, wood is cut away by the handheld gouge or chisel to achieve the final shape. All the work in the show begins in a sense like subtractive sculpture.
Phil F. Brown (1937-2018), a Bethesda resident, began exhibiting his bowls in the 1980, calling his business Fine Turned Wood. His bowls, known for their graceful shapes and fine finishes, have been seen in many solo, small group, and juried fine art and craft exhibitions, often winning prizes. Ten of his bowls to date are in museum and institutional collections. He helped organize this exhibition and selected his pieces for it but sadly did not live to see it.
David M. Fry, who lives in Cabin John, MD, has been making and exhibiting his fine open and closed form vessels in galleries, museums, and craft fairs since 1980. He has made work on commission for designers and even Washington National Cathedral, and for private collectors. David has also written perceptive articles on Phil and others for American Woodturner, Fine Woodworking, and The Crafts Report.
Davrill Nash, a Laurel resident, has exhibited his beautifully carved and inlaid furniture with bowls by Phil and David previously and shows his striking and artful tables and mirrors in important craft shows and galleries….
“Benji” Boluwaji Omisore, a D.C. resident, the newest artist, was encouraged and mentored by Phil Brown.
Lynda Smith-Bugge, now living in Winchester, VA, is primarily an abstract sculptor who incorporates turning in her work. She exploits the natural forms of trees to create poetic and spiritual assemblages intended to encourage contemplation and meditation. Her first sculpture was awarded a prize in 1998. She has exhibited work in local and area galleries and has fulfilled commissions for public spaces, private homes, churches and hospitals. She is active in the Washington Sculptors Group.
- Thursday: 4pm to 8pm
- Friday & Saturday: 12pm to 4pm
- and by appointment
Wohlfarth Galleries is located at 3418 9th St. NE. For more information, visit http://wohlfarthgalleries.com/.