Next location on our collector’s home’s tour was Gigi and Ben Huberman’s. Their elegant home was filled with a wonderful collection of contemporary glass, wood, ceramics, paintings, photography, and multimedia artworks.
Deena and Jerry Kaplan are not only collectors but were gracious hosts of the female ITE fellows during our Washington/Maryland tour. Their extensive collection of fine art was relished by the fellows on a daily basis, and by guests invited to dinner during our stay. There were so many remarkable pieces of art to enjoy.
The fellows were introduced to another fascinating and extensive collection of wood art pieces in the home of Marc and Diane Grainer. Marc shared lots of historical information about the pieces in their collection as well as the arts and craft movement which got them involved with collecting art years ago.
The fellows were welcomed to the Washington, D.C./Maryland area with a lovely pot luck dinner at the home of Phil Brown and Barbara Wolanin. Dinner guests included wood turners, collectors, a writer, and MCW members. Attendees were Jerry and Deena Kaplan, Tim and Cindy Aley, Eliot and Claudia Feldman, David and Nan Fry, Gary and Vicky Guenther, and Tim and Cheryl Kochman. Lots of conversations about art, photography, and wood (of course) filled the evening.
The fellows headed into Washington, D.C. for a day of sightseeing, discussion, and study at the numerous museums that Washington has to offer. The group walked in together and then formed groups depending on their interests. Rex has already set his sites on other locations. Great day filled with lots of art, cultural exchange and interesting conversations.
The fellows were welcomed into the Washington, D.C. area wood collectors’ homes for 4 days of art, interesting conversation and all things wood. All shared a common thread of their love of art, woodturning and turned wood objects. Phil Brown and Barbara Wolanin were the first to graciously open their home and collection to the group. The group enjoyed lunch together as well.
Tina LeCoffe suggested a fun idea to me to make a time-lapse video to see what happens to the resource tables during the Echo Lake Symposium. I liked the idea and set-up my video camera for a 3-hour time frame on the first day of the symposium. Would’ve left it there longer but things seemed to slow down after the first 3-4 hours.
It was interesting to see what transpired.
Use this link to see the video on YouTube if it does not show up. https://youtu.be/5OZB7l6qgpA
The 17th Annual Echo Lake Auction was an overwhelming success earning $17,000 – $2,000 more than last year’s auction – thanks to contributions from the ITE fellows and 57 turners and wood artists from around the country and different parts of the world. Pictured below are some of the ITE fellows’ auction pieces.
Australian wood artist Grant Vaughan and Romanian wood carver Zina Burloiu collaborated to create the “Transylvanian Flying Spoon” piece. It was cut, sanded and carved.
Seattle wood artist Julia Harrison created the middle bubble bracelet by burning into the wood.
Zina Burloiu created the spoon “Sweet Dream”, letter opener “First Try” and “Soft Triangles” bracelet with friend and co-collaborator Norm Sartorius.
New York artist Rex Kalehoff created this whimsical creature with a wonderful music box in its tail and wheels on its bottom that allows it roll.
Photo credits: Tom Buchner
The resource room at Echo Lake is filled with hundreds of assorted treasures from various wood turners’ shops. Odd scraps and beautiful turned extras fill the tables. Most bare clues to their originations from specific woods or styles of turning. The tables – filled with assorted wood delicacies – seemed to provide something for everyone’s taste. Something to inspire every artist and wood turner to create a new piece. Grant, Zina, Adrien, Rex and Julia found their objects to create their new works of art whose final destination was the Echo Lake Saturday night auction. You can see what their finds resulted in on tomorrows blog.
The ITE Fellows enjoyed collaborating with other wood workers from around the US and from around the world at the 17th Annual Echo Lake Symposium at Bucks County Community College, in Pennsylvania. Learning new techniques and exchanging ideas with lots of good comradery made for long, but pleasant days creating wood pieces on the woodshop floor. Fellows began their creative collaborations by choosing varied objects from the resource table that came from contributions from attending wood workers’ shops. Fellows paired themselves with other wood artists to learn and experiment for three and a half days. The fourth day ended with a fun auction event.
The Fellows got introduced to studio manager and all around great guy, Jay Cox, in the UArts Wood shop.
Artists Zina Burloiu, Julia Harrison, and Adrien Segal discuss wood matters, while Jay shows Rex Kalehoff location of supplies. Zina and Seth Bruggeman (ITE Scholar) engage in conversation. Rex and Australian artist Grant Vaughan enjoy the moment.
The Center for Art in Wood hosted a luncheon and orientation to welcome this year’s ITE fellows. Artists arrived from Australia, Romania, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia and Bethlehem, PA. Artists introduced themselves to each other and to The Center for Art in Wood members and board member Suzanne Bonsall Kahn in a casual, and friendly atmosphere. Later they enjoyed perusing the fabulous wood art collection and contemporary gallery exhibit.