Finally The ITE Exhibition

The ITE fellows’ exhibition was a great success with many people attending and lots of good energy, and wonderful work filling the space. Albert LeCoff spoke to attendees and patrons about the value of the ITE program in supporting wood workers and artists with the 9-week fellowship. The positive results were evident in the excellent variety of work exhibited. Many patrons, board members, friends and family showed their support for the artists by attending the exhibition as well as the fantastic dinner afterwards at Paradisio Italian restaurant in South Philadelphia.

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Twin brothers Alan and Albert.

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Many children enjoyed Winifred’s interactive installation of the sounds of wood where she videotaped the fellows creating their work and the sounds which came out of the process.

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Photojournalist Winifred Helton-Harmon takes a break from photographing to enjoy conversation with wood artist Jack Larimore.

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The fantastic Center for Art in Wood staff: Katie, Lori, and Lauren.

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Albert presents Jay Cox, manager and facilitator at the UArts wood shop, with a token of appreciation for all his hard work for helping the fellows to accomplish great things during their fellowship.

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Albert thanks the staff for all their hard work too.

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Museum docent Carol, enjoying the festive time.

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ITE scholar, Seth Bruggman, and fellow Grant Vaughan enjoy a moment.

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Patrons discuss Adrien Segal’s sculpture.

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Julia Harrison discusses her door piece with attendee.

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Albert talks with crowd about the importance of the ITE fellowship.

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More kids enjoying the video and sounds of woodworking.

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Jack Larimore and Bob Miller enjoy a conversation about the exhibit.

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Adrien Segal’s video demonstrating some of her techniques.

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Rex discusses his work with attendee and Board member Doug.

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Rex’s family arrives.

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Jay Cox views Winifred’s photographs while listening to the sounds of wood.

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Winfred’s photographs which captured the ITE fellows’ hands creating work.

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Zina and Karen.

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Rex discusses work with attendee.

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Rex Kalehoff’s mother enjoys Zina’s traditional spoons.

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Attendee photographs some of Rex’s wonderful wooden sculptures.

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Patron views Zina’s spoons with Mother and Child piece in background.

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Child interacts with the sculpture pile of sawdust which Winifred collected from the fellows work over the course of their 6 weeks they worked.

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Tina LeCoff can be seen speaking to attendee.

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Adult attendees enjoyed the interactive video installation as well.

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Two More Days and Counting

The Gerry Lenfest Gallery is full of wonderful new work from this year’s ITE fellows. There is quite the range of designs, styles, techniques and some new technologies represented as well. Winifred built her sawdust sculpture from the actual sawdust and cut-offs produced by the fellows to create their work. Fine tuned her video/audio installation that captured the fellows’ making their work alongside of her photographs that captured their hands making their work. Zina and Rex finalize their work selections and displays. Lori, Katie and Karen attend to just a few more details. But the fellows are breathing a sigh of relief. And to celebrate all their hard work, Albert and Tina LeCoff hosted a very nice wine and cheese soiree at their wonderful home and in their garden, and then took the group out to a traditional Jewish fish deli called Hymies in Merion. Wonderful time and great food. All are eager for the exhibition, and to enjoy their short time left as fellows.

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Grant’s new and older pieces.

Julia Harrison's finished door, and her jewelry which are apart of the three photographs.

Julia Harrison’s finished door, and her jewelry which are apart of the three photographs.

Winifred building her sawdust sculpture from the actual sawdust and cut-offs produced by the fellows to create their work.

Winifred building her conical form from the fellows sawdust. Placed on a handmade maple tray made by Jay Cox.

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Part of Winifred’s installation can be partly seen (without the video projection on wall). Viewers listen through wireless headphones, and view a video titled ” Sounds of Wood” which Winifred shot beginning in June and over the course of her fellowship showing the fellows making their work and recording the sounds of those creative processes. “I was amazed at all the beautiful sounds that come from making wood.” and wanted to capture them for people to hear. Her photographs of the fellows hands working are on the right wall.

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A grouping of some of Rex’s dolls not yet displayed.

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Rex’ sculpture is flanked by Grants’ pieces in background.

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Julia’s work.

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More of Julia’s work nicely displayed.

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Karen and Lori taking care of details.

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One of Adrien’s black wall sculptures is displayed.

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Zina shows Karen “Romanian security system”. A thin wire is pulled in front of the spoons on the rack so people are unable to take them off.

Adrien and Zina wall piece showing carving on uneven surfaces. Adrien and Zina decided on the design together, with Adrien actually drawing the design on the forms and Zina carving into the forms.

Adrien and Zina wall piece showing carving on uneven surfaces. Adrien and Zina decided on the design together, with Adrien actually drawing the design on the forms and Zina carving into the forms.

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Rex deciding on what else to show.

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Zina with her traditional work on right side and her new work on the left.

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Lots of pickles, bagels, cream cheese and assorted fish fill the table.

The Gallery is Filling Up

Well, we all are in the final stages of completing and setting up our work in the Gallery. Lots of nice work will represent eight weeks of collaborations, studies, observations, and processes. We all have something to take away from our experience as an ITE fellow that will effect the way we view at the world and perhaps our selves as artists and crafts people.

Winnie sifts the sawdust collected from the wood fellows work over the course of the last month. for her installation.

Winnie sifts the sawdust collected from the wood fellows work over the course of the last month. The evidence of their labors.

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Rex wraps things up physically and philosophically.

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Past ITE fellow Miriam Carpenter stops by for a chat with Albert and Rex Kalehoff.

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Karen Schoenewaldt and Zina decide on location and placement of her work.

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Rex Kalehoff speaks with Karen about where his work would like to live for the next 7 weeks.

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Adrien Segal decides on placement for one of her wall sculptures.

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Zina decides to validate that I too exist.

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Rex sets up his work: new and past pieces.

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Five of Winifred’s (Winnie’s) photos of each of the fellows’ hands involved in their creative processes.

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Julia Harrison sets up her work with Grant Vaughan’s pieces in the foreground.

Down to the Wire

The fellows worked late into the night finishing up their pieces.  It’s been a great creative journey we’ve all shared together. All our work will be delivered to The Center today. We’re all excited and exhausted at this point.

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Adrien carves a piece. Nice knot.

Julia finishing painting her carved mouth.

Julia finishing painting her carved mouth.

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Positioning the mother and child piece.

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Waxing the second white figure piece.

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Zina cleaning her black walnut piece.

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Does Rex’s piece need any alterations?

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One spot left to do.

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Danish oil onto the furry vessel.

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Almost done with the landscape piece.

He's done!

He’s done!

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Zina carves on very hard wood from Africa. It’s a challenge.

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My walk home at 12:00 midnight.

Still Working Hard

Some of the fellows are doing final finishing on their pieces before delivery to the gallery tomorrow. I caught Rex, Julia and Zina at the shop where their hands were busy and their bodies weary. Lots of great work is coming forth from their efforts. What wonders will occur in the upcoming hours? Perhaps I will see Adrien and Grant when I head back to the wood shop tonight.

Rex takes Peach brake after little to eat all day.

Rex takes a peach brake after little to eat all day.

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Sanding calisthenics. No wonder he’s tired.

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Tired tired tired. And yet more to do.

Tired tired tired. And yet more to do.

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Zina polishing her collaborative piece with Rex after adding wonderful carving on their Furry Vessel.

Zina polishing her collaborative piece with Rex.

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Zina hand sands her Furry Vessel. Lots of new carving since I was here last Wednesday.

Zina hand sands her Furry Vessel. Lots of new carving since I was here last Wednesday.

Mother and child are together.

Mother and child are together.

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Rex and Zina’s “Fish and Chips”.

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Julia doing some teeth and mouth cleaning on her carved door.

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Julia's small carved hands. Hmm? Details for another piece?

Julia’s small carved hands. Hmm? Details for another piece?