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January 2011

Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Features Woodturning Exhibition

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, will present the exhibit, From Tree to Treasure: An International Invitational Exhibition of Turned or Sculpted Wood, on view from Jan. 15 through Apr. 26, 2012. A reception will be held on Jan. 15, from 1-3pm.

Woodturning, a craft form dating back to 13th-century B.C. Egypt, has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years. In contrast to woodcarving, in which a tool moves across a stationary piece of wood, this technique uses a stationary tool to cut and shape the wood while it turns on either a spindle or faceplate. This results in a wide range of shapes and designs, from a simple bowl to an intricately formed sculpture.

Invitations to exhibit were extended to artists whose work exemplifies not only the time-honored traditional purposes and functions of wood but also to those who integrate personal statements and designs with new materials and technologies. John Hill, of North Carolina, lifetime honorary member of the American Association of Woodturners, was instrumental in the curatorial process.

From Tree to Treasure features over 50 works by 38 artists from across the United States and around the world, many of them members of the American Association of Woodturners. The exhibition will showcase a wide variety of style and presentations, from pedestal and tabletop pieces to wall hangings.

Works on exhibit feature both representative and abstract styles. Each creation reflects not only the technique used by the artist to shape the piece, but a variety of surface treatments as well. Pieces may have surfaces which have been blackened, perhaps symbolizing a darkness of spirit; weathering to simulate aging; the application of one or more layers of paint; and the addition of precious metals, glass or other materials.

The Art Museum, which marks its 15th anniversary in 2012, is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., beside Springmaid Beach, in Myrtle Beach.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org).

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