Wood Takes the Spotlight at American Folk Art & Framing

Artwork by Minnie Adkins

Wood is in the spotlight at American Folk Art in October, which seems appropriate, as trees are putting on their autumnal show outside.

Wood, an essential element in art, will be honored within the walls of gallery. Wood is a foundational, though sometimes inconspicuous, element in art, said owner Betsey-Rose Weiss.

Most potters represented at her Biltmore Avenue gallery are firing their pottery in wood-fired kilns. Many of the sculptural forms are created by carving and painting or chiseling it. Kent Ambler uses it as his plate to ink & print with. Once his limited edition prints have been created, rather than follow the tradition of burning the woodblocks, Kent had a revelation, and cuts them into small pieces, and uses the bits as inked and textured wooden pieced quilts for the wall.

Old hickory tobacco sticks and salvaged driftwood are the launching pads for Neil Cobb and Michael Banks’ sculptures. They augment with other materials, transforming the wood in mysteriously satisfying ways. Kim Ellington, Shawn Ireland, & Michel Bayne all fire their pottery kilns with wood.

The wood creates unique finishes on each and every piece, depending on where it is in the kiln and what sorts of wildness the heat vortexes create during the firing. This show featuring of 11 of American Folk Art’s beloved artists in all their unique complexity will be launched at WWW.AMERIFOLK.COM Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. and will open in the gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave., Thursday, Oct. 5, continuing through Oct. 25.

Visit www.amerifolk.com for more information.

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.