AAW Gallery of Wood Art

AAW Gallery of Wood Art The gallery features exhibitions of contemporary sculpture in wood, hands-on educational displays, and vintage lathes. Free.
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The Gallery of Wood Art presents four to six exhibits each year of contemporary pieces by woodturning artists. The diversity of materials, themes and techniques is eye-opening. The gallery's collection of historic turned items and antique lathes provides a nice counterpoint, and the gallery gift store features regional woodturners. The Gallery of Wood Art is sponsored by the American Association of Woodturners, a 13,000 member international nonprofit dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of woodturning. Find out more about the organization at www.woodturner.org. You can see more of our collection on display at St Paul City Hall and Courthouse, 15 Kellogg Blvd. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11-4 and Sundays 12-3 or by appointment Admission is free - donations gratefully accepted

The Gallery of Wood Art will be closed until further notice.
03/17/2020

The Gallery of Wood Art will be closed until further notice.

Stop by this Sunday 12-3 to see the new show, Nature/Nurture, and watch gallery favorite Bob Jensen make spinning tops o...
03/12/2020

Stop by this Sunday 12-3 to see the new show, Nature/Nurture, and watch gallery favorite Bob Jensen make spinning tops on the lathe!
On a more serious note, in response to the current situation with Covid-19, we have put away our Touch This! exhibit items, which can't be rigorously sanitized without damage. It makes us sad, but we prefer to be safe, rather than sorry.

Join us this Sunday! Top-meister Bob Jensen will be on the lathe. Downstairs, the annual Balkan Festival, with food, mus...
02/11/2020

Join us this Sunday! Top-meister Bob Jensen will be on the lathe. Downstairs, the annual Balkan Festival, with food, music, dance and more.
(Gallery and demonstration are free. There is an admission fee of $4-6 for the Balkan Festival)

01/19/2020

Alas, our demonstrator for today is down with the flu, and today’s event is cancelled.

Feeling a sudden holiday music deficit? The magnificent Minnesota Boychoir is performing today in the  Landmark Center c...
01/05/2020

Feeling a sudden holiday music deficit? The magnificent Minnesota Boychoir is performing today in the Landmark Center cortile, mere steps from the gallery!
(Harmony, 2012 by Keith Holt)

01/05/2020

Feeling the sudden lack of holiday music? The magnificent Minnesota Boychoir is performing downstairs today at Landmark Center, and new work is going

Welcome Winter! The gallery will be closed Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day.
12/24/2019

Welcome Winter!
The gallery will be closed Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day.

The Gallery of Wood Art will be closed December 24-25, and December 31-January 1.

Handmade for the HolidaysEverything in our gallery shop is made one at a time by talented makers, many of them local. Pa...
12/12/2019

Handmade for the Holidays

Everything in our gallery shop is made one at a time by talented makers, many of them local. Pair a coffee scoop with a bag of locally-roasted coffee, or an opener with a bottle of great craft beer (or a six-pack if it’s someone you really like!) We have gorgeous bowls, rolling pins, and spatulas for cooks; and seam-rippers, yarn bowls, seam-pressers, and needle-boxes for textile friends. Boxes, pens, spinning tops, wooden animals, tree ornaments….mushrooms!

Coming in January!Full CircleAn exhibition of more than 50 works recently donated to the American Association of Woodtur...
12/10/2019

Coming in January!
Full Circle
An exhibition of more than 50 works recently donated to the American Association of Woodturners by Deena and Jerry Kaplan, Jane and Arthur Mason, Barbara Wolanin and the Family of Phil Brown, and Andi Wolfe.
January 5 to February 23, 2020

A little beauty for this evening. Three vessels by the late Leon Thomas, of Cummings, Georgia. Thin-walled, light as air...
11/22/2019

A little beauty for this evening. Three vessels by the late Leon Thomas, of Cummings, Georgia. Thin-walled, light as air, they were donated to the AAW Permanent Collection in 2009 by Lois Laycraft.

Join us this weekend for our third Sunday demonstrations! Gary Mrozek will be turning goblets, explaining his process an...
11/13/2019

Join us this weekend for our third Sunday demonstrations! Gary Mrozek will be turning goblets, explaining his process and answering questions. (The Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra will also be performing in the Cortile from 1-2:30, so the day will be a feast for the eyes AND ears!)

A little Friday evening beauty. We will be open this Sunday, September 1st, the last day to see Art From the Lathe-Selec...
08/30/2019

A little Friday evening beauty. We will be open this Sunday, September 1st, the last day to see Art From the Lathe-Selections from the AAW Permanent Collection. Our new exhibition, Continuum, will open Sunday, September 8th, and run through the end of the year.

An intriguing piece to take you into the weekend.  Michael Foster's, "Space-Time", from our upcoming exhibition, "Contin...
08/23/2019

An intriguing piece to take you into the weekend. Michael Foster's, "Space-Time", from our upcoming exhibition, "Continuum," opening September 8th and running through the end of the year.

Work from our recent exhibition, Traces, will be offered in an online auction on July 13th. Browse the items, and sign u...
06/28/2019

Work from our recent exhibition, Traces, will be offered in an online auction on July 13th. Browse the items, and sign up to bid! You can join us in Raleigh, North Carolina for the live event at the AAW International Woodturning Symposium (woodturner.org), or bid from your home, boat, or workplace...www.auction2019.woodturner.org
Proceeds benefit the initiatives of the AAW's Professional Outreach Program, including excellence awards, fellowships, panel presentations, and more.

The 2019 AAW and POP auction site is up! This year there are more than 85 incredible pieces being offered.Browse and bid online, or come to the live auctions at the AAW Symposium in Raleigh, NC, July 12-13.
auction2019.woodturner.org

Two more beautiful pieces from "Traces--Works in Clay and Wood." Stop in to see more: we are open tonight and tomorrow u...
03/28/2019

Two more beautiful pieces from "Traces--Works in Clay and Wood." Stop in to see more: we are open tonight and tomorrow until 9!
Tonight, Claytopia artist Ray Chen (http://www.raychenclay.com/) will have a reception from 5-7 in the North Gallery downstairs tonight, and will be open during our reception tomorrow, 5-9.

#nceca #claytopia #aawpop

Great article about Lee Cartledge and his Brexit mugs. Want to see one? Come visit our current wood and clay exhibition,...
03/27/2019

Great article about Lee Cartledge and his Brexit mugs. Want to see one? Come visit our current wood and clay exhibition, Traces!

We are excited to welcome visitors from the 2019 NCECA ceramics conference, Claytopia! The Twin Cities are a hotbed of c...
03/25/2019

We are excited to welcome visitors from the 2019 NCECA ceramics conference, Claytopia! The Twin Cities are a hotbed of clay exhibitions right now, including our own wood and ceramics exhibition, "Traces."
Opening is Friday, 5-9, and we have extended hours all this week:
Mon–Wed 9am–7pm
Thu–Fri 9am–9pm,
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 12–5pm.

#aawpop #claytopia

02/28/2019
手技TEWAZA「山中漆器」Japan Yamanaka Lacquerware

We have a number of lacquerware pieces from Yamanaka in our permanent collection, including an exquisite box by Living National Treasure Ryōzō Kawagita.

16世紀の後半に、良い材料を求めて山中温泉のあたりに移住してきた職人集団の人達が行った、ろくろ挽きが始まりです。 江戸時代中期には、椀、盆等の日用品の他、温泉にやってきた人々の求めに応じ、土産用の遊び道具...

It is bitterly cold here in Minnesota, but the AAW Gallery of Wood Art will be open tomorrow if you are crazy enough to ...
01/29/2019
How Do Trees Survive The Cold?

It is bitterly cold here in Minnesota, but the AAW Gallery of Wood Art will be open tomorrow if you are crazy enough to go outside. (The curator is considering intravenous hot chocolate.)

Trees are interesting creatures. We often think of them as part of the scenery, but they are really vital and dynamic organisms in their own right. Looking at the forest through my office window as…

Many visitors have marveled at Ron Kent's vessel on display in the gallery. We extend our sympathies to his family.
12/19/2018

Many visitors have marveled at Ron Kent's vessel on display in the gallery. We extend our sympathies to his family.

In Memoriam: Ron Kent, #17, 1931-2018
AAW founding member and wood artist Ron Kent died on December 15th. As an artist, Ron brought elegance and beautiful form to each piece he created, but was particularly well-known for his translucent Norfolk Island pine vessels, one of which is in the AAW Permanent Collection.
One of Ron’s longtime turning friends, S. Gary Roberts, sent this remembrance:
“I knew Ron Kent as a friend and fellow woodturner. I guess that the key word here is “fellow”. He treated everyone as a fellow and equal, regardless of their skill level or reputation. He had a sly sense of humor and a smile for everyone. He was a successful business man, which allowed him the time to enjoy and develop his love of woodturning.
The first time I visited him in his shop I was impressed with his ingenuity and the massive lathe that he had built. The head- stock and tail-stock were bolted down to huge blocks of poured concrete. The head shaft was about two and one half inches in diameter. His power source was a five horsepower electric motor connected to a three speed Ford truck transmission.
Ron was, and still is, the Master's Master for turning green Norfolk Island Pine bowls so thin that you could see the shadow of his hand on the other side. He developed a curing process that, not only enhanced the beauty of the wood, but kept it from cracking—forever. Unlike most highly successful artist, he was open and eager to share his techniques and process with those who were curious.
My AAW membership number is 16 and Ron's was 17. He regularly chided me about getting in ahead of him.
He loved to turn without his shirt on and, considering the wonderful climate of Hawaii, this was comfortable for him. We were helping Dale Nish with one of his symposiums and during the meeting of the demonstrators, Ron commented that he just might take his shirt off during the demonstration. Dale recoiled and started to say something when Ron laughed and said he was just poking Dale to get a reaction. We all enjoyed the joke.
I really believe that if Heaven does not have a lathe, Ron will build them one. A big one.”
A Chicago native, Ron was running his own investment company in Hawai'i when he took up turning in 1975. His wife, Myra, gave him an inexpensive lathe for Christmas. Not wanting to seem unappreciative, he walked down to the beach and found a piece of driftwood. Fitting it on the lathe, he turned a form from it with a sharpened screwdriver.
Ron Kent's work is in the collections of the Bishop Museum (Honolulu, Hawai'i), the Hawai'i State Art Museum, the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D. C.). Kent has presented his works to the Pope-- and to three US presidents and two Supreme Court justices, as well as Emperor Akihito of Japan.
He is survived by Myra, and children Elizabeth Kent and Steven L. Kent. Our sympathies go out to the Kent family.
Read more: https://www.woodturner.org/page/30YearKent

The AAW Gallery of Wood Art was hopping this morning! Seventy-five 2nd graders came to learn about the history and craft...
10/04/2018

The AAW Gallery of Wood Art was hopping this morning! Seventy-five 2nd graders came to learn about the history and craft of woodturning. After guessing how many species of wood there are (guesses ranged from 2-1,000,000, but they seemed pretty wowed by the answer: conservatively about 60,000) and learning about familiar objects they use that are made on the lathe, they watched AAW Program Director Linda Ferber as she demonstrated top turning. A good day was had by all!

Our summer exhibition in its next venue, Arrowmont!
09/04/2018

Our summer exhibition in its next venue, Arrowmont!

Arrowmont is pleased to welcome Women in Turning, a committee of the American Association of Woodturners, to campus for their inaugural conference, WIT EXCHANGE!

Women in Turning is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women in their pursuit of turning, to sharing ideas and processes to further members' skills and creativity, and to increasing participation of women in the field of woodturning.

This conference is in conjunction with the current exhibit, "Turnabout: women at the Lathe" on view in the Jerry Drown Wood Studio Gallery through October 10.

https://www.arrowmont.org/turnabout-women-at-the-lathe/

Welcome, WIT, to Arrowmont!

DEMO CANCELLED - Our demonstrator could not make it today. We look forward to next month's demonstration on September 16...
08/16/2018

DEMO CANCELLED - Our demonstrator could not make it today. We look forward to next month's demonstration on September 16--hope you can make it! Turning Demonstrations with Bob Boettcher this Sunday, 12-3! We also have a fantastic new exhibition, New Horizons--two good reasons to come visit!

Evaluating an absolutely lovely Bob Stocksdale Masur birch bowl with significant finish loss. The bowl was purchased as-...
07/20/2018

Evaluating an absolutely lovely Bob Stocksdale Masur birch bowl with significant finish loss. The bowl was purchased as-is and generously donated to the AAW in 2017. AAW curator Tib Shaw will be posting updates as the process develops. Addressing the condition issues and choosing a course of action is not as straightforward as it might seem, and we’ll talk about that as things move forward.

Evaluating an absolutely lovely Bob Stocksdale Masur birch bowl with significant finish loss. The bowl was purchased as-is and generously donated to the AAW in 2017. AAW curator Tib Shaw will be posting updates as the process develops. Addressing the condition issues and choosing a course of action is not as straightforward as it might seem, and we’ll talk about that as things move forward.

07/15/2018

Turning demonstrations today, 12-3. And a Bastille Day party in the park until who knows when :-)

Gallery artist Jim Sannerud will be in town this weekend at the St Anthony Park Arts Festival!
05/30/2018

Gallery artist Jim Sannerud will be in town this weekend at the St Anthony Park Arts Festival!

Today's 2018 Featured Artist: Jim Sannerud. See you at the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival, Saturday June 2.

A little Friday beauty: Berry, by Mark Waninger. Luscious looking, isn't it? On view at the gallery through May 20th.
04/28/2018

A little Friday beauty: Berry, by Mark Waninger. Luscious looking, isn't it? On view at the gallery through May 20th.

From Out of the Woods - Traditional Form Revisited, Mark Waninger's "Berry." This piece will be on display at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, MN until May 20, 2018. An auction of the work will be held on June 16th, 3:30 PST in Portland, Oregon during the American Association of Woodturners 2018 Symposium. Bidding is both live and online.

For more information: www.woodturner.org/2018portexhibitions
aawpop# aaw #indiana #craft #woodworking #sculpture #design #marionberry #aawoodturners #aawportland2018 #markwaninger

Only a few weeks left to see this show!
04/26/2018

Only a few weeks left to see this show!

From Out of the Woods - Traditional Form Revisited, Felicia Francine Dean’s ‘Responsive.’ Dean started by drawing on the traditional 2D-oriented ‘Rule of Thirds’, “However, once the making process moved forward more risks were taken and rules broken, in order to generate a form not based in tradition but rather in exploration,” she writes. “The form moved from being rigid to organic. An ebonizer was applied, creating a saturated surface reminiscent of the earth while freehanded texturing of the surface added to the irregularity of the finish. “ Out of the Woods will be on display at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, MN until May 20, 2018. An auction of the work will be held on June 16th, 3:30 PST in Portland, Oregon during the American Association of Woodturners 2018 Symposium. Bidding is both live and online. For more information: www.woodturner.org/2018portexhibitions

04/24/2018
HOW DO THEY DO IT RUSSIAN DOLLS HD

Woodturners in action, making nesting dolls. Matryoshka are a great example of a traditional folk form that has both maintained its roots and been open to new interpretations.

Michael Mode, Box, 1994 | Holly, blue garnet. Four inches tall. Michael Mode will be at the American Craft Council Show ...
04/06/2018

Michael Mode, Box, 1994 | Holly, blue garnet. Four inches tall. Michael Mode will be at the American Craft Council Show in St Paul (just around the corner from the gallery) April 20-22. https://craftcouncil.org/shows/acc/american-craft-show-saint-paul
This box is part of the AAW Permanent Collection, donated by Ruth and David Waterbury.

The AAW Gallery of Wood Art's small, much-loved exhibit of traditional and creative kokeshi dolls has a new addition, "S...
04/05/2018

The AAW Gallery of Wood Art's small, much-loved exhibit of traditional and creative kokeshi dolls has a new addition, "Sayo," donated to the AAW's Permanent Collection by pyrography artist and designer Cynthia Carden Gibson. Cynthia's work has been published in a number of magazines, including Kokeshi Trends. Gibson's pyrography is recognized for its fine detail, creativity, and impeccable line. She teaches and exhibits internationally. Sayo is from Gibson's The Amazing Doll collection, created in collaboration with talented turners including Dale Larson and the late Binh Pho. You can see more of Cynthia's distinctive work on her website, www.cynthiagibsonpyrography.com.

"Just TEAlax" is a collaboration between Arizona artists J. Paul Fennell and Tania Radda, one of four teapots that were ...
04/04/2018

"Just TEAlax" is a collaboration between Arizona artists J. Paul Fennell and Tania Radda, one of four teapots that were created as part of a grant Radda received from the AAW to reinvigorate her artistic practice. All four teapots are currently on display.

Landmark Center will be closed Sunday, April 1 for the Easter holiday. (Nest is one of the many fine pieces in our curre...
03/28/2018

Landmark Center will be closed Sunday, April 1 for the Easter holiday.
(Nest is one of the many fine pieces in our current show, Out of the Woods - Traditional Form Revisited, on display through May 20th. Nest will part of a live/online fundraising auction on June 15th. For more information, visit www.woodturner.org/2018PortExhibitions )

A little Friday beauty from our current exhibition of small scale work, Out of the Woods - Traditional Form Revisited, w...
03/09/2018

A little Friday beauty from our current exhibition of small scale work, Out of the Woods - Traditional Form Revisited, which runs through May 20th.
Work from the exhibition, which features both emerging and established artists from eight countries, will be auctioned online as a fundraiser for the AAW's Professional Outreach Program on June 16th. To learn more about the auction or to sign up to be notified when pieces can be viewed online, go to www.woodturner.org/2018PortExhibitions.

A bit of beauty heading into the weekend. From the exhibition Out of the Woods-Traditional Form Revisited, which will op...
03/02/2018

A bit of beauty heading into the weekend. From the exhibition Out of the Woods-Traditional Form Revisited, which will open Sunday at the Gallery of Wood Art.

New work in the gallery gift shop: a lidded birch vessel with dragonflies by Pat and Peggy Bookey of North Pole, Alaska....
02/27/2018

New work in the gallery gift shop: a lidded birch vessel with dragonflies by Pat and Peggy Bookey of North Pole, Alaska. Pat does the turning, and Peggy, who started as an egg carver, does the delicate piercing. 6" tall. $225

Last chance to see: Bound by Nature with guest fiber artist Kimber Olson ends Friday!
02/27/2018

Last chance to see: Bound by Nature with guest fiber artist Kimber Olson ends Friday!

It's Friday. Time for some beauty with a side of smiles. "The Right Nut for the Job," is artist Katie Hudnall's piece cr...
02/23/2018

It's Friday. Time for some beauty with a side of smiles. "The Right Nut for the Job," is artist Katie Hudnall's piece created for the AAW POP exhibition, Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisted, which will open at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art on March 4th.
"For this theme I wanted to work with a traditional form that has inspired me, and I wanted to deal with a form whose scale suited the size limitations of the POP exhibition. A display for a piece of hardware made perfect sense, and the wing nut is the perfect marriage of a striking form that makes immediate haptic sense to even the least mechanically inclined amongst us. It’s like a handshake with a friendly machine. "
See more: www.katiehudnall.com

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