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. 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 woodtur

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 woodtur

Operating as usual

We are so excited to be back and open, and to share the exciting news that our across the hall neighbor in Landmark Cent...
06/10/2021

We are so excited to be back and open, and to share the exciting news that our across the hall neighbor in Landmark Center, the Schubert Club Museum, is open again after an incredible makeover.
Our current show is Elements, held in connection with the American Tapestry Alliance, and closing soon.
The wood sculptures from this extraordinary exhibition will be part of an online fundraising auction--preview coming June 25th!
(Image: Bowl: Earth Air Fire Water, by Roger Bennett; Tapestry: Twinkles by Sharon Crary)

We are so excited to be back and open, and to share the exciting news that our across the hall neighbor in Landmark Center, the Schubert Club Museum, is open again after an incredible makeover.
Our current show is Elements, held in connection with the American Tapestry Alliance, and closing soon.
The wood sculptures from this extraordinary exhibition will be part of an online fundraising auction--preview coming June 25th!
(Image: Bowl: Earth Air Fire Water, by Roger Bennett; Tapestry: Twinkles by Sharon Crary)

Join us online this Saturday, March 13 at 4PM Eastern for a talk with Andi Wolfe, creator of The Time Travelers, one of ...
03/08/2021

Join us online this Saturday, March 13 at 4PM Eastern for a talk with Andi Wolfe, creator of The Time Travelers, one of the Gallery's most popular pieces. She will talk about how her careers in the sciences, contemporary craft, and music have informed each other. The event is free. Sign up by noon this Friday. tiny.cc/WIT_events

It’s great to be open again! Enjoying the small things in life, too, like when your Do Not Touch signs coordinate beauti...
09/27/2020

It’s great to be open again! Enjoying the small things in life, too, like when your Do Not Touch signs coordinate beautifully with the artwork 🙂

(Michael Gibson, “Alien Mitt”, from “Step Up to the Plate,” on view through December.)

09/10/2020

We are open again, just in time to share our fantastic annual juried member show with you! Step Up to the Plate—Second Inning will be on view until the end of December.
Hours are by appointment only, Wednesday through Friday and Sundays, and masks are required. Email [email protected]. (If you’d also like to tour Landmark Center, the beautiful historic building we are in, make your reservation at landmark center.org.)
(Artwork by Marcel van Berkel, www.marcelvanberkel.nl/ )

American Association of Woodturners
06/26/2020

American Association of Woodturners

The AAW and POP auctions are officially live! Browse, bid, be blown away, share, and enjoy. Live online auction July 11, 2020 at 7:30 EDT.
auction2020.woodturner.org

Jason Schneider, an artist in our current exhibition, Nature/Nurture, has been hard at work helping to develop and produ...
05/25/2020

Jason Schneider, an artist in our current exhibition, Nature/Nurture, has been hard at work helping to develop and produce protective equipment. Our current show is up, and as soon as it is safe to open up again we will. We'll put a photo of Jason's piece in the comments!

AAW member Jason Schneider stepped up to help slow the spread of the corona virus by sharing his CNC and fabrication skills to make personal protective equipment for local healthcare workers at Northern Michigan University, where he is an assistant professor in the Woodworking and Furniture Design program. Students and faculty initially stepped up to make face shields, but the project expanded to the design and production of a five-sided box to shield healthcare workers during patient intubation. The boxes were designed by Human Centered Design faculty member Peter Pless and Dr. Scott Hagle from the Upper Peninsula Health System Marquette, and after approval an initial run of 21 hoods were produced with help from Jason and colleague Daric Christian. The team is providing free access to plans at the request of any other hospital. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/NMUhoods
Jason is better known for his work in cardboard than in plexi. He has a piece in this year’s AAW POP exhibition and auction, Nature/Nurture. You can see his work here: jasonschneiderfurniture.com
#healthcareworkers #collaboration #nmuart #humancentereddesign #artistssteppingup #aawpop @jps_furniture

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.

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