Wood Turning Center

April 2015 

Letter from our President
Richard Goldberg 
The Center has had a very good 2015 first quarter.  In 2014, we announced a new three year Windgate Challenge Grant designed to assist in our operations while at the same time helping to make us more independent from foundation support.  The previous Windgate grant was entirely a two for one match.  The current grant is two for one on new money collected but one to one on the amount of donations made in the previous year.  We are continuing to meet the challenge but, of course, will only do so with your continuous and increased support.


We also announced the receipt of a grant from the William Penn Foundation, which helped us fund three specific necessary programs.  William Penn funded the important position of Director of Business Operations (DBO) which has been filled by Levi Landis.  Levi is functioning on all burners and has assisted in providing us with needed financial planning acumen along with relieving Albert LeCoff of many duties. This permits Albert to concentrate on his main mission of promoting and furthering wood art.  The predicament comes at the end of the funding period when we have to produce sufficient funding to continue the DBO position.


William Penn also has funded an interactive consultation with the LaSalle Non-Profit Center, which has completed its work with the Board to bring our governance practices up to present day standards.  We also received funds to retain Nonprofit Finance Fund, one of the country's leading analysts of the financial affairs of not for profit entities, to help us build a sophisticated budget package as well as a template for long term funding possibilities.  In order for the Center to flourish, both of these activities are vital.

We are pleased to announce that we have received a significant grant from Fleur Bresler which will upgrade our computer hardware, rebuild our web site to make it more functional and accomplish other necessary current software updates.  With the help of Ed Bresler, we are engaging in the process and you should see results shortly, particularly when you visit our website.

The activities which you have just read about are exciting and will help us meet our mission and serve all of you and the wood art field more effectively.  However, this is all for naught unless each of our constituents continues to join the Center as members at the highest level one can reasonably afford,  continues to support our Annual Founders' Fundraiser, purchases art through our store and web site, and makes additional contributions when able.  We are a non-profit and there is no financial gain by those of us who volunteer to make the Center thrive.  While we contribute as our means permit, we get gratification from the Center's influence in the world of wood art and craft in general as well as when we see the culmination of artist work which is exhibited or the work crafted during the Center's Windgate ITE International Residency.  We appreciate your continued support and involvement.

Don't Miss out on our current exhibition!

Can't make it to the Center before the close of our show on April 18th?  Watch our video below for interviews with Stoney or click on the link above to visit our website and take a virtual tour of our exhibition!
Making Beautiful Objects, The Art and Life of Stoney Lamar
Making Beautiful Objects, The Art and Life of 
Stoney Lamar


Excerpt From
Robin Wood's 
CORES Recycled


"Initially, they were chunks of roughly rounded wood that had tumbled out of bowls turned in an ancient technique. Then, at the hands of more than two score modern artists, they became the objects in an exhibition by The Center for Art in Wood.


The Center is pleased to produce this documentation of  Robin Wood's CORES Recycled , the exhibition that occurred from Nov. 2, 2012, through Feb. 16, 2013.  


Robin Wood of the United Kingdom is an accomplished pole turner and author, known for his historical and functional objects that help keep the tradition of pole turning alive and in front of the public. The leg-powered process Robin uses results in thousands of solid, round chunks - Cores -- that get broken out of the center of the bowl at the last moment."


-Excerpt from the introduction, written by Jud Randall.


To read more, head over to our Museum Store to purchase the book!  Remember, members get 10% off on all purchases made in house.

Meet our 2015 Windgate ITE International Resident Fellows!


Julia Harrison, Artist


Julia Harrison is an artist, educator, and anthropologist based in Seattle, Washington. She works with wood on a small scale to create intimate, detailed, and often wearable objects. Her pieces have appeared in exhibitions across the US and in England at venues including the Racine Arts Museum and the Wharton Esherick Museum.


Rex Kalehoff, Artist


Rex Kalehoff is a wood sculptor and educator in New York City, practicing and sharing the traditions of fine woodworking and wood furniture design. As Studio Manager and Lead Instructor at Makeville Studio, NYC's only woodworking shop open for public use and learning, Rex teaches and mentors people from around the world. His background includes a BFA in Sculpture from UARTS, an MFA in Woodworking from RIT, numerous residencies and exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, and Korea, and extensive teaching experience to all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Rex's playful sculptural works, inspired by personal fantasies and experiences as a modern day explorer, present notions of culture and history, and portray universal ideals and a harmonious relationship with the earth.


Zina Manesa-Burloiu, Artist


Zina Manesa-Burloiu is a traditional Romanian wood carver.  Her work reflects the deep respect she holds for her culture and the wood traditions of the great masters from whom she learned to carve. Her life`s experience has led down many cultural paths and this has inspired new work that both reflects and transforms her Romanian traditions.


Adrien Segal, Artist


Adrien Segal is an artist with a degree in furniture design and woodworking from California College of the Arts. Her work integrates scientific research, data visualization, aesthetic interpretation, and materiality as a means to reconcile scientific conventions of reason with an intuitive sensory experience. Adrien's past residency experience includes the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Bunnell Art Center in Homer, AK, and most recently at Autodesk in San Francisco. In addition to teaching, she pursues a creative practice out of her studio on the former Naval Base in Alameda, CA.


Grant Vaughan, Artist


Grant Vaughan is a wood carver who works and teaches from his studio in Rock Valley, New South Wales, Australia.  After studying architecture he spent many years as a furniture designer / maker and his portfolio includes display cabinets for the new Australian Parliament House. More recently he has focussed on organically inspired carved forms. His work has been exhibited widely within Australia and internationally.


Seth C. Bruggeman, Scholar


Seth C. Bruggeman is an Associate Professor of History at Temple University where he directs the Center for Public History. A graduate of the College of William & Mary's PhD program in American Studies, Bruggeman studies the role of memory in public life, and particularly how American have used objects-in museums, historic sites, and other commemorative spaces-to exert control over how we understand the past. Recent projects include, Born in the USA: Birth and Commemoration in American Public Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012); "Reforming the Carceral Past: Eastern State Penitentiary and the Challenge of Twenty-First-Century Prison Museums," in Radical History Review (Spring 2012); and a book in progress concerning the history of American maritime museums.


Winifred Helton-Harmon, Photojournalist


Winifred Helton-Harmon is an exhibiting and published photographer living in Bethlehem, PA. She garners her inspiration from the natural world and the interaction of humans within it. She has photographed for politicians, newspapers, image banks, and many artists recording not only the moment at hand but the inspiration present in her subjects as well. Her photographs are apart of corporate, educational and private collections throughout the United States. 

Issue: 26

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The Center for Art in Wood is an arts and educational institution whose mission is leading the growth, awareness, appreciation and promotion of artists and the creation and design of art in wood and wood in combination 

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