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.
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.
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.
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.