Eastern Iowa Regional Woodcarving Exhibit

Friday, May 1, 2015-Saturday, June 27, 2015

Reception | Meet the Artists Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 1-3pm

Featured Artists:
Darin Musel – I have been creating one thing or another and the medium did not matter. It seems there has been one constant over time which has been the cutting, shaping, and manipulation of wood. So, with steel sharpening my tools and time sharpening my skills, I will always be a student to the art of woodcarving.
Rick Frels – During the last 30 years, I have been carving mostly animals and humans as well as doing chainsaw carvings. I have has taken some weekend and 5 day classes but I am mainly self-taught. I live in Hillsdale, Ill.
Steve Russell – Carving gives me the ability to create something from a block of wood and I enjoy the challenge. I find there are two sides to woodcarving, one being the ability to be creative and the other to be realistic. I admire carvers who create something that when you look at it you can see a story unfolding.
Dennis Vance – My style is strongly influenced by primitive cultures, especially Northwestern Native Americans, Oceania, Etruscan icons, and African cultural masks. My work varies from small sculptures and hanging pieces for indoors or outdoors to life-sized lawn and garden pieces and much larger totem poles. I have exhibited in numerous galleries in the Midwest.
Pete Swanson – I am a Local farmer who has been carving for the last 15 to 20 years.
Jacob Langenberg – Currently a freshman at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I am a native Maquoketan. I began carving at the age of 6 with my Grandma Linda, first with power tools and then moving on to hand tools. I like to carve animals, snowmen, and Santa’s.
Linda Langenbergn Curtis – I am from Marion, Iowa. I began painting as a stress relief artist and eventually moved on to woodcarving in 1989. I have taught all of my grandkids how to carve, including the eldest grandson, Jacob Langenberg.
Kirt Curtis – I live in Marion, Iowa but grew up in northern Maine. I received my degree in fine arts in Rochester, NY. In 1985 be decided to carve professionally and began teaching carving classes as well as carving commissioned pieces, specializing in North American mammals. My wife, Linda Langenberg Curtis, and I now work as a team traveling around the country teaching carving.
Bill Wohlford – Currently, I am chairman of the Arts committee for the Plus 60’s club. I have also chaired the Artists Advisory Counsel for the Figge, the CART (artist’s initiative) and served on the board of the International Woodcarvers Congress. I exhibit frequently at Quad Cities Galleries and also shows in Clinton, Maquoketa, and Galesburg. Three dimensional and bas relief works using wood as the primary media are some my most popular forms of art. My subjects vary from hyper-real, Daliesque, whimsical, impressionistic and expressionistic.