Woodturning Workshop Shows How Wood Becomes Art

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will feature a woodturning workshop led by master artist and curator Charles Farrar on Saturday, January 7, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Farrar, who resides in Concord, North Carolina, will be joined by fellow Piedmont area woodturners Steve Martin and Jerry Measimer for an interactive demonstration and overview of how wood becomes art.

“We are extremely pleased to have Charles Farrar return to our institution to share his creative process,” says Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. “Shaping the Vessel has become one of our most admired and popular exhibitions. Charles’ creativity is evident in the vision he fulfilled curating this exceptional show.

Participants will learn the history and practice of working with wood as a medium and what it means to “turn” vessels using a lathe (pronounced LAY-THE), the primary instrument used to mold and shape wood. The workshop will conclude with a guided tour of the Shaping the Vessel exhibition in the Center’s East Gallery. Admission to the event is free with museum admission for the general public and free to Gantt Center members.

The woodturning workshop is part of a monthly series sponsored by Novant Health. The program, entitled Family First, is held on the first Saturday of each month and features a variety of teaching artists. Due to the demand for this workshop and limited seating, registration is required. To RSVP or for more information on the Family First series or the workshop led by Charles Farrar, please visit www.ganttcenter.org/calendar.

Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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