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Explorations In Wood

March 22 – April 30


Our dependence on – and love for – wood cannot be overstated. It’s integral to our very existence in a range of ways, encompassing our man-made environments as well as both utilitarian and decorative items. The organic qualities of wood, our ability to manipulate its shape, its abundance, and its renewable potential are among the reasons wood permeates our culture – including the art world. The seventy objects comprising Explorations in Wood are a small sample of the work held in the collection of Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood, gathered over a forty-year period.

These works stem from a love of wood and display a rich variety of wood types. Processes are varied, too, including wood-turned vessels as well as more sculptural forms. Many celebrate the natural beauty of wood, evident in rich warm-brown tones and assorted grain patterns, typical of materials gathered around the globe.

While many of the artworks might beg to be touched due to the enticingly tactile nature of wood, it’s the design and form of each that were the basis for selection. Variety and handling also were criteria, noting that some artists, after maximizing the manipulative qualities of wood then use paint to highlight an object’s form. Others combine multiple wood types, creating forms with contrasting colors or manipulating shapes to expose varied natural and machined textures. These approaches and others highlight the diversity and unlimited potential of wood.

The Center for Art in Wood encourages an international roster of artists to not only explore the many facets of wood; the Center also continues to challenge artists to discover the inherent and dynamic possibilities of the medium.

- Curator Andy McGivern


Gianfranco Angelino, Italy
Mark Bishop, Tasmania
Ed Bosley, US
Miriam Carpenter, US
M. Dale Chase, US
Frank E Cummings, III, US
Mike Darlow, Australia
Ron David, Canada
Michael de Forest, US
Virginia Dotson, US
Jean-Francois Escoulen, France
Al Francendese, US
Dewey Garret, US
Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling, UK
Andrew Gittoes, Australia
Michael N. Graham, US
Reed Hansuld, US
Stephen Hogbin, Canada
Michael Hosaluk, Canada
Todd Hoyer, US
Ted Hunter, Canada
William Hunter, US
Hans Joachim Weissflog, Germany
Amber Johnston, US
Ron Kent, US
Maria van Kesteren, Netherlands
Max Krimmel, US
Bud Latven, US
William Leete, US
Melvin Lindquist, US
Zina Manesa-Burloiu, Romania, & Adrian Segal, US
Thierry Martenon, France
Terry Martin, Austria
Hugh McKay, US
Gael Montgomerie, New Zealand
Ed Moulthrop, US
Rolly Munro, New Zealand
Liz & Michael O’Donnell, Scotland
Sean Ohrenich, US
William Patrick, US
Michael Peterson, US
Peter Petrochko, US
Hillary Pfiefer, US, Dennis Carr, US
and Neil Scobie, Australia
Carl R. Pittman, US
David Pye, UK
Wayne & Belinda Raab, US
Marc Ricourt, France
Allen Ritzman, US
Hap Sakwa, US
Betty Scarpino, US
& Remi Verchot, Australia
David Sengal, US
Michael Shuler, US
Jack Slentz, US
Hayley Smith, US
Butch Smuts, Africa
Alan Stirt, US
Bob Stocksdale, US
Tim Stokes, UK
Marcus Tatton, Tasmania
Joel Urruty, US
Remi Verchot, Australia
Derek Weidman, US
Jakob Weissflog, Germany
Vic Wood, Australia
Malcolm Zander, Canada