The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach Small Objects 2012 Show

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Bob Hunt had a great time at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach show last year, so when Dave Engdahl, who is on the Curatorial Committee for the Cultural Center, mentioned it to me as well, I thought I’d participate. Bob also planned on participating, so The Turning Arts Group was going to have a good presence at the show this year.

The unique feature of this show is that all entries must be less that 12” in any dimension. Although Bob and I have done a number of large turnings, pieces under 12” are pretty standard fare for us.

I took my pieces over last weekend and was very pleased to find that the Cultural Center is a beautiful place for a show. However, I didn’t have any idea of how things were to be curated. When I went to the opening reception last night, I was pleased to see that each artist had their work grouped together. This gave visitors a good chance to get a feel for the kind of work each artist does.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – My entries

My collection of pieces was pretty varied, as was Bob Hunt’s work.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Bob Hunt’s work

We hadn’t been there to long when I noticed a nice couple checking out “Blue Swirl” and trying to figure out how I had painted the form with the gold and silver lines. I told them my secrets and a few minutes later they told me they had bought the cherry bowl. That was great, but to make the night for the Turning Arts Group that much better, a few minutes after that they bought a maple bowl from Bob’s display.

There was some great work at this show and I have to say that there was a lot of very high quality work on display.

There was one other woodturner, Grant Ward. I had seen one of his pieces before at the Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibition that was at the Cummer earlier this year.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Grant Ward’s collection

All Grant’s pieces all have a perfect finish.

One of our favorites was the work of Tim Bullard, a local potter. You can really see that woodturning and pottery have real similarities in forms and ideas, the major differences being the material and how to handle it.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – We love Tim Bullard’s pottery

This work incorporated some ideas that I have been wanting to try. In fact, I just received a shipment of wood bleach today that I have planned to apply to give some of my hollowforms a very light surface that I can then use black pen to sketch patterns on. I was inspiring to see some of Tim’s forms.

We had a chance to talk to Tim. Both Sunnie and I were drawn to the same piece (no. 5 in above piture) and Tim said that it was Horsehair Raku. We knew the raku process, but it was fun to hear Tim describe how he used the horsehair – and how difficult it was to obtain. Before moving to Florida we had four horses; we could have been a great resource for Tim.

There were some other sculptors represented, both in pottery and glass, but these forms were a little further from my regular wood forms.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Rob Mitchell’s stoneware

Rob Mitchell had a nice collection of fired stoneware pieces. I really liked the ancient feel of these pieces.

Lucy Clark also had some very nice pottery forms. Again some common ground between turning and pottery, but this was more reminiscent of carvers and embellished woodturning.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Lucy Clark’s ceramics

Bill and Jon Slade had a nice collection of glass pieces. While the shapes could be replicated I wood, the transparency of the material creates a wholly new aspect to the work.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Bill and Jon Slade’s beautiful glass forms

Although I was more focused on the three dimensional forms, there were also some nice paintings in the show.

I really liked the work of Sydney McKenna. I’m a sucker for dramatic skies.

 © Ed Malesky 2012 - Sydney McKenna's skies

I also liked Mary Lou Gibson’s set pf paintings. There were about eight all hung in a line. From a distance they were similar, but close they were pretty different. We had a nice chance to visit with Mary Lou a bit during the show.

© Ed Malesky 2012 – Mary Lou Gibson’s abstracts

There were lots of other great paintings and sculptural work. The show runs through December 26, so if you can make it to the beaches, you should really check out the show.

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