Collector’s Tour – The Huberman’s

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.

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Gigi decides which room to show first.

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Julia Harrison ponders the table in the grand dining room. While other fellows and Phil Brown enjoy the collection.

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Rex and Grant discuss the artwork with Gigi, Ben and Phil.

Zina catches up with the tour.

Zina catches up with the tour.

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Rex and Gigi enjoy an impromptu duet. As Zina Burloiu and Grant Vaughan look on.

Collector’s Tour – The Kaplan’s

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.

Morning breakfast with Deena and Jerry began our days filled with great conversations and good food.

Our days began with breakfast with Deena and Jerry that were filled with great conversations about art and good food.

Julia and Zina wait for Grant and Rex to arrive from hosts Phil and Barbara's house.

Julia and Zina wait for Grant and Rex to arrive from hosts Phil and Barbara’s house.

Incredible art pieces grace the walls and floors.

Incredible works of art grace the walls and floors.

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An Albert Paley table holds a Dante Marioni glass piece.

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Zina examines the incredible wooden teapot collection.

Zina examines the incredible wooden teapot collection.

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The Collectors Tour – The Grainer’s

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.

Mark Grainer imparts his knowledge about he and his wife's collection to the fellows.

Mark Grainer imparts his knowledge about he and his wife’s collection to the fellows.

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Judy Kensley McKie’s elegant and whimsical monkey bench sits in good company with other great wood pieces.

Mark explains how this Michael Hurwitz finely crafted desk and chair are some of his favorite pieces.

Mark explains how this Michael Hurwitz finely crafted desk is one of his favorite pieces.

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Fellow Adrien Segal toys with the Garry Knox Bennett ladder back chair. One of 9 in the Grainer’s collection.

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A Thermon Statom chandelier hangs above an entire group of Garry Knox Bennett chairs seated surrounding an amazing table.

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Rex, Grant, and Phil Brown head up the first of it’s kind spiral staircase to another treasure trove of wonderful art.

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Rex Kalehoff examines the fine details and craftsmanship of a Jere Osgood chair.

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Mark shows off another Garry Knox Bennett chair. The arm rests were added post delivery.

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Another Garry Knox Bennett piece.

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Judy Kensley McKie’s chair.

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ITE Fellows Have Dinner At the Brown’s

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.

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Pictured (Left to right) Turner, Collector, Montgomery County Woodturners (MCW) member, Jerry Kaplan, wood turner and President of MCW, Gary Guenther, and collector Deena Kaplan.

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Seattle Fellow Julia Harrison speaks with Tim Kochman, and wife Cheryl Kochman. Both are turners in Capital Area Woodturners (CAW) and are also collectors.

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Collector Jerry Kaplan and host Barbara Wolanin listen to fellows at dinner. Barbara is the Curator of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol.

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Guests and fellows find common ground in discussing the art world and wood’s contributions to it. Seated (left to right) Tim Kochman, Phil Brown, Deena Kaplan, Claudia Feldman, Jerry Kaplan, fellows Zina Burloiu and Grant Vaughan. Deena and Jerry Kaplan have roots in the JRA, CWA, Center for Art in Wood (C4AW), and more. Last year, they won the very prestigious James Renwick Alliance (JRA) “One-of-a Kind” Award.

Another table of lively conversation includes

Another table of lively conversation in the next room included (seated left to right) Gary and Vicky Guenther, Cindy Aley, Nan and David Fry, member of MCW and writes articles for American Woodturner, and the journal of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) , MCW member, Eliot Feldman, fellows Adrien Segal, Julia Harrison and Rex Kalehoff, with hostess Barbara Wolanin. Tim Aley – in the doorway – is a past President of MCW and is currently the Program Chair.

Washington D.C. – Day 2

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.

Fellows Zina, Julia, Grant and Adrien pose for the quintessential Washington, D.C. photo in front of The White House.

Fellows Zina, Julia, Grant and Adrien pose for the quintessential Washington, D.C. photo in front of The White House.

Fellows pause to Decide what exhibits to see outside the National Gallery.

Fellows pause to decide what exhibits to see outside the National Gallery. Rare shot of Photojournalist, Winifred Helton-Harmon.

Adrien becomes art outside of the National Gallery.

Adrien becomes art outside of the National Gallery.

Zina, Grant and Winnie sought out the beautiful Leonardo painting on exhibit. Then Zina and Grant makes plans for the next stop.

Zina, Grant and Winnie sought out the beautiful Leonardo painting on exhibit in the National Gallery. Zina and Grant make plans for the next stop.

Adrien spotted walking the hallowed halls of the National Gallery.

Adrien spotted walking the hallowed halls of the National Gallery.

Grant and Zina head into to the National Museum of the American Indian

Grant and Zina head into to the National Museum of the American Indian

Zina and Grant discuss artifact display - and wooden spoons of course - in the National Museum of the American Indian.

Zina and Grant discuss artifact display – and wooden spoons of course – in the National Museum of the American Indian.

Native American objects display.

Native American objects display.

Australian fellow Grant explains to Zina that the  Lantana plant grows to into tall hedges in Australian landscapes.

On our way back to join the others, Australian fellow Grant points out to Zina and I that the tiny Lantana plant in front of them grows wildly into tall hedges all over Australia.

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Rejoining the others on one of the great lawns.

Rejoining the others on one of the great lawns.

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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.

Phil is the Founder and first President of Montgomery County Woodturners (MCW), and he was also one of the Founders of the Capital Area Woodturners (CAW), much earlier, who meet in Virginia.  Phil is currently Treasurer of MCW.
Phil and Barbara are also involved with the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) and the Collectors of Wood Art (CWA), among other things.
The fellows, Grant, Rex, Julia and Zina enjoy hearing details about the many pieces from Phil. While Barbara (on right) speaks with fellow Adrien Segal.

The fellows, Grant, Rex, Julia and Zina enjoy hearing details about the many pieces from Phil. While Barbara (on right) speaks with fellow Adrien Segal.

Phil Brown (on left) talks to ITE fellow Grant Vaughan about one of his pieces.

Phil Brown (on left) talks to ITE fellow Grant Vaughan about one of his pieces.

Fellows Grant Vaughan and Rex Kalehoff inspect and comment on the work.

Fellows Grant Vaughan and Rex Kalehoff inspect and comment on the work.

Echo Lake Resource Room Time-Lapse Video

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.

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Use this link to see the video on YouTube if it does not show up. https://youtu.be/5OZB7l6qgpA

Echo Lake – The Auction Pieces

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.

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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.

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Seattle wood artist Julia Harrison created the middle bubble bracelet by burning into the wood.

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Zina Burloiu created the spoon “Sweet Dream”, letter opener “First Try” and “Soft Triangles” bracelet with friend and co-collaborator Norm Sartorius.

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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

Echo Lake – The Resource Tables

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.

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June 10-13 Echo Lake

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.

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June 8 – 9 The Wood shop

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.

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June 8 – Orientation Day for the 2015 ITE Fellows

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.

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