A Backstage View of Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood

 

 

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At the invitation of master woodturner Ted Knight, I was given the unique opportunity to witness a historic gathering of artists in the days leading up to the Audacious exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. The exhibition ran from February 21 to June 21, 2015, and featured works from the most prominent wood artists of our time. The breadth of style, technique, and aesthetic creativity that was on display left no doubt whether these exquisite designs in wood have earned their place in the world of high art.

Touring the exhibit in the company of such extraordinary artists made for some unforgettable moments. Having sit-down conversations with inspired individuals like Brad Sells, Hal Metlitzky, Donald Derry, Terry Evans, was the ultimate reward at the end of a trip across the continent. Along the way, views of snowy mountaintops, rainbow clouds, iconic bridges, and New England winter storms all contributed to a superlative experience and took it into the realm of the magical.

Photos published with permission of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Over mountains

and rainbow clouds

across bridges

snow banks

and through winter storms

the Peabody Essex Museum

Audacious book signing

Hal Metlitzky

Hal Metlitzky

Ted Knight

 

Brad Sells

Joey Richardson

Pre-exhibition event

 

Ron Gerton

 

John Wooler

R. W. Butts

Hugh McKay

Hugh McKay

Betty Scarpino

Ted Knight

Ted Knight

 

Barry Macdonald

Matt Hatala

Brad Sells

Hal Metlitzky

Philip Moulthrop

Ron Gerton
 

Todd Hoyer
David Ellsworth

Lincoln Seitzman
Michael Mode

 
 

Terry Evans
 

Derek Bencomo

Donald Derry

Donald Derry

Michael Mode

Frank Sudol

 

Brad Sells

Mark Bressler

Ted Knight

Fraser Smith

John Morris
 

Hal Metlitzky
 

Donald Derry
 

Donald Derry
 

Grant Vaughan
S. and S. Manikhong

William Hunter

 

Derek Weidman

Christopher Cantwell

Dennis Elliott

David Ellsworth
Trent Bosch

       

 

Fine art goes far beyond museum displays. It is a way of life.

 

 

 

Binh Pho

Binh Pho

Hal Metlitzky

Hal Metlitzky

Donald Derry

 

 

Chad Awalt

Brad Sells

Brad Sells

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Sells

Brad Sells

Brad Sells

 

 

 

 

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