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Washington Exhibit Celebrates the Art of Wood Turning and Carving Friday, January 14, 2011

Photo: VOA - J. Taboh Wood turner Eliot Feldman uses a lathe to shape a block of wood into a drinking vessel.

Welcome to AMERICAN MOSAIC in VOA Special English. I'm Doug Johnson. This week we play music by Nora Jane Struthers, and answer a question about Facebook. But first we look at an exhibit in Washington that celebrates the art of wood turning and carving. Revolution in Wood

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An exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. is a celebration of the art of wood turning and carving. The exhibit is called “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection.” Collectors Charles and Fleur Bresler donated all sixty-six works in the show to the museum. The many artists in the show have used their creativity and skill to turn this natural material into fine art. Mario Ritter has more. The “Revolution in Wood” exhibit shows a wide range of artistic expressions. Some works in the show are very large, such as Michelle Holzapfel’s piece “Table Bracelet: Promenade Suite.” The artist decided she wanted to make jewelry for the home, instead of for the body. So she made this large movable piece that can be placed on a table. It contains three vases for holding flowers, three containers and two candle holders. The maple, birch, and cherry woods give each detail a different effect. Other works are very small treasures. Janel Jacobson’s “Coiled Snake” is made from a yellow-colored wood called boxwood. This very small and finely cut snake could fit in the palm of your hand. Many of the works are containers, like the smooth form of a large bowl by Barry Macdonald. A vase by Brenda Behrens is made out of myrtle wood. Part of the vase is carved to look like a lotus plant. Other works are more sculptural. Todd Hoyer’s “Sphere” looks like a wooden planet. Mark Sfirri has a work called “Rejects from the Bat Factory.” It looks like five wildly...
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