Wood: Turning to Art
April 26 – November 9, 2014
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 3, Levels 1 and 2, three display cases
Woodturning is a method of shaping wood using stationary tools and a spinning lathe. Wood is highly prized as an artistic medium because of its many unique colors, grain patterns, and textures. Artists play upon the vast variety of wood qualities to create one-of-a-kind works of art.
This summer, the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) will be holding their 28th Annual International Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. The symposium is the largest international gathering of woodturners and will feature numerous workshops, exhibitions, auctions, and presentations for both artisans and the general public.
In celebration of the symposium, this exhibition presents the work of 18 Arizona artists that showcase a variety of techniques and methods of this art form. They employ techniques such as joinery, inlay and hand – carving and often incorporate various surface treatments such as embellishments, high gloss finish and richly colored pigments. Whether it was reclaimed from a firewood pile, or sourced from a native species or an imported colorful exotic, it is all Wood Turning to Art.
Image Caption for the photo above and to the right:
J. Paul Fennell, Les Sept Mers (The Seven Seas), 2013, African sumac, 7 x 7.5” diam.