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THE ALLIANCE REVIEW: Market Street Art Spot to feature the work of co-founder Marty Chapman (09/01/2

Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot proudly presents the woodturning work of longtime Art Spot Resident Artist, Marty Chapman with a provocative show entitled “Woodturning: Art, Craft, or Firewood?”

The opening reception for “Woodturning: Art, Craft, or Firewood” will take place Friday, Sept. 8, 5-9 p.m.

According to Chapman, the show will showcase turned pieces he rescued from the firewood pile. He claims with tongue-in- cheek, that a variety of the turned work is destined to return to the firewood stack, if not displayed or utilized by someone.

Chapman noted that his woodturning for this show will consist of new pieces that command display but are not necessarily utilitarian, in his words, “just nice to look at and feel. Some times just looking at the curve in a finished display work and feeling the smooth or rough finish in the wood makes me feel good.”

He went on to say though, that often woodturning is more craft than art. “While a turner should concern himself with the perfect curve for things like bowls and vases, they are still useful items. The curve in a ring holder, wine stopper, rolling pin or tool handle is just as important as any other. It matters if the tool doesn’t feel good in your hand or look good on the table. Proportion in all things matters but making something useful often matters too.”

Chapman says that turning is not carving. Carvers work on a stationary piece of wood. He points out that turning requires the placement of a chunk of wood on a lathe where it is rotated at speeds approaching 2500 rpm and then the chunk is cut and shaped with a sharp hand held tool.

Chapman is one of the original Market Street Art Spot Resident Artists who together founded the gallery in 2011.

The Art Spot has showcased the work of its Resident Artists and featured local artists as well as 30 to 35 Display Artists from across Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than six ages.

For 79 consecutive months, the Art Spot has held a Featured Artist Opening reception with live music, free food and refreshments.

This month, the guitar artistry of Dr. Tom Freeland of Minerva will bring a variety of the great American Songbook, jazz, blues and folk music to the Art Spot. This month’s sponsor of the opening reception is The Rutledge Family: Jill and Dick Rutledge, Evan Rutledge and Morgan and Joe Gotschall.

The Market Street Art Spot at 217 North Market Street, Minerva, is a collaborative gallery and continues to be open for regular business on Fridays from 1-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Woodturning: Art. Craft, or Firewood?” featuring the work of Marty Chapman will continue at the Art Spot through Oct. 7.

As they have done for more than six years, The Art Spot’s local volunteers, and Resident Artists will provide outstanding food and refreshments. As always, the reception, music and show are free and open to the public.

In addition to Marty Chapman in the Front Gallery, the Art Spot will feature throughout the gallery, the works of the Art Spot’s Resident Artists Anna Rather (printmaker, painter), Judi Longacre (painter), Susan Crawford (calligrapher,illustrator), Joan Henninger (painter) and long time Resident Artists Michelle Mulligan (oil painter), Laura Donnelly (potter and painter), and Judith Singer (raku potter).

The Market Street Art Spot is a collaborating partner with Arts in Stark and Carroll County Arts, the Village of Minerva, Minerva Local Schools and the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce.

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