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July Issue 2010

Gallery 317 in Lincolnton, NC, Features Works by Paul Stafford

Gallery 317 in Lincolnton, NC, will present an exhibit of works by Paul Stafford of Littleton, CO, on view from July 1 - 31, 2010.

It's not every day you see a wood turned bowl sporting a zipper, but Stafford sees it all the time. In fact he is called to make them.

Known as the "Wood Whisperer", Stafford creates incredible and intriguing wood art pieces made from various types of wood including Tasmanian Myrtle, Box Elder, Walnut, Sycamore, Aspen, Maple, and other more common wood. In many of his bowls and vessels, one can find a real, metal zipper that appears to be pulled open to reveal the bowl's interior beauty.

States Stafford, "I'm often asked how I came up with my zippered bowl idea. Once, while I was studying a wood log and trying to determine the best orientation, shape and design to bring out the interesting characteristics of the wood, while leaving out some of the unwanted areas, I thought to myself 'unfortunately the inside characteristics are what I'm going to reveal and I have no insight into what's there. Too bad there isn't a way to see inside the log'. That is the genesis of my zippered vessel designs."

Fascinated by the beauty and texture of wood since an early age, Stafford's philosophy is "cutting into a log can be likened to an exploration where you discover an inner arena no one has ever seen before". And now with his amazing zippered bowls of various shapes, sizes and total number of zippers (as many as seven), our eyes can feast on the interior characteristics equally with the exterior through the zippered openings on his work.

Leaning toward the contemporary, in addition to Stafford's creations, Gallery 317 offers original works and limited editions in a variety of mediums including glass, oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, ceramics, exotic wood, photography, metal, and bronze.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call 888/558-2891 or visit (www.gallery317.com).

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