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John Birnbaum

Josh Birnbaum photo

Photo courtesy of: Multicultural Center

Wesley Thompson Pottery

Wesley Thompson pottery

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Thomas Bennett cabinet making

Thomas Bennett table

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'4 Excursions in Wood' art gallery reception is Friday


Four artists are displaying their work at the Multicultural Center Art Gallery in an exhibit titled "4 Excursions in Wood." The gallery is located on the second floor of the Baker University Center.

The exhibit includes four mediums of artwork: pottery, photography, regenerative design and cabinet making. The exhibit began Jan. 25 and runs until March 31. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 as a chance for patrons to meet the artists.
 
"4 Excursions in Wood" was given its name because all of the artists in the show are tied together by the common theme of wood. Throughout the show, wood is used in raw form and is transformed into heat energy. No matter how it is displayed, wood is an essential element in the gallery.
 
Wesley Thompson, the curator, engages in the act of pottery making. He believes that potting is a "joyful act of practicality, creativity and uncertainty." He began potting in the 1990s in California. He enjoys this art because "pots remind (him) of (his) power to create as well as (his) fragility."
 
Josh Birnbaum, photographer, is currently a visiting professor at Ohio University where he teaches photography, picture editing, digital imaging and audio/video courses. Predeep Edussuriya"s photographs are also included in Birnbaum's collection. Their photographs are sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and National Network of Forest Practitioners (NNFP).
 
Molly Schoenhoff is an artist, graphic designer and educator with an interest in regenerative culture. Regenerative design, or paper regeneration, is a process that revitalizes energy and materials, and recognizes the intelligence of ecological patterns. It takes inspiration from the forest floor. She said she enjoys regenerative design because it is a conscious approach, 

"it is a way for humans to acknowledge (their) place within, rather than above, the whole of nature."
 
Thomas Bennett is a cabinet maker who is inspired by the beautiful wood in Southeast Ohio. He has been a professional woodworker for over 35 years.
 
This event is sponsored by the Ohio University Multicultural Center. It is free and open to the public.
 
For more information, please contact: Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, Associate Director of Multicultural Programs at 740-597-2111.