Leading up to the October opening of the Grotto Gallery, we'll be highlighting the artists whose work will be exhibited at the gallery.
Last week in our fifth Artists Chats installment we visited with Marty Orosz and Jules Gissler.
This week we meet wood master Brian Lensink as well as Miriam Carlson-Maier, the brains and brawn behind the AAC.
From the time he was a child, Brian Lensink has enjoyed working with his hands and with tools, skills that have transferred easily to his second career as a woodturner and sculptor. In college he majored in industrial arts and studied graphic arts, woodworking, metalworking, and photography.
Though he went on to establish a successful career in special education and developmental disabilities, Brian continued to spend a great deal of his free time dabbling in his metalworking and woodworking hobbies.
Brian finds when working with wood that he must remain flexible and be constantly ready to change his original idea for the piece as he encounters voids, knots, and difficult grain patterns that are unique to individual pieces of wood.
Brian is continually inspired by the things he sees in galleries, museums, art fairs, or even in nature that make him itch to try to incorporate those ideas into his own artwork. He finds making his pieces to be the easy part of the artistic process; it is the need to get his artwork out to the public—particularly as his own home has become crowded with his pieces—that is, for him, the challenging and least satisfying aspect of being an artist.
His membership in the AAC offers Brian the practical resources he needs to market and sell his work, allowing him to focus his attention on what he most enjoys—creating his art.
He hopes his participation in the Grotto Gallery will not only increase his exposure as an artist, but will increase his audience's appreciation for beautiful wood objects and allow them to see wood as a versatile medium for the arts. We are very pleased to have Brian's intricate and playful pieces to show-off.
Written by: Beth Wineland, Senior Writer & Editor, email@example.com