Three talented and creative Homer wood turners will be doing an encore show in Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery (BRG) during the month of June. Ptarmigan’s own wood turning artists, George Overpeck and Ted Heuer, will be showing the best of their winter’s work. They will be joined by Jerry Froeschle, who is also a master turner that frequently combines turning and carving in his pieces.
These artists have their own unique styles with a shared passion for the natural beauty and diversity of wood.
A fresh edge refers to the resharpening of the gouges, scrapers, and skews that turners use to create their work. The final cuts on a form require a tool that has a fresh edge, which reveals the best possible surface of the wood.
George’s turnings are mostly done with local woods and they often intend to reflect the individual tree used. Many of his works display the outer limits of a transformative microbial process known as spalting. His usual practice is to create simple forms that display the surface of the wood.
Ted specializes in functional art made to be admired and used. He uses all types of hardwoods, both domestic and exotic, and he often combines several species of wood in one piece. He favors segmented turning especially stave bowls and dizzy bowls. More of his work can be found on his website at tedswoodshop.com.
Jerry is not only an excellent turner, but he also has an artist’s eye for form and composition. His turnings range in size from small to very large. He often incorporates elements of nature into his wood work. Some of his artwork can be found at Bear Creek Winery in Homer.
The First Friday opening reception for A Fresh Edge 2017 will be on June 2 from 5-7 pm. Refreshments will be served. This remarkable exhibit will be available for viewing in the Back Room Gallery until July 4. These three wood turners are back by popular demand so come on by to enjoy their extraordinary artistry!