Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2-5pm
Exhibit runs through Oct. 13
In conjunction with American Craft Week (October 4-13), the country’s largest celebration of American craft, Grovewood Gallery is opening a new exhibit in mid-September called Spoonin’: A Showcase of Handcrafted Spoons. Located in the historic Grovewood Village, the venue is recognized for its dedication to fine American art and craft; its site was the original housing for the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries. Spoonin’ is a group of 18 artists from around the country who create both functional and sculptural works in wood, sterling silver, and copper.
“Spoons are such a great way to showcase craftsmanship,” explains participating artist Kristin LeVier. “They can also serve as juicy symbols for artistic interpretation. I have no doubt that this exhibit will be a visual feast.” LeVier creates her spoon sculptures to serve as reminders for home, family, sustenance, and growth. In her series “Talisman for the Home,” she utilizes the snake as a symbol of protection for the home and all the emotional richness contained within.
Participating artist Aaron Iaquinto will stage spoon-making demonstrations for American Craft Week, on October 5 and 12, 11am-4pm. A woodworker at reclaimed-furniture facility The Old Wood Company in the River Arts District, Iaquinto will discuss different stages in his spoon-making process and teach metal-inlay techniques for creating intricate designs on wooden handles.
“The spoon is much more than a common functional object,” says Iaquinto. “Instead, it spans the world as a cross-cultural symbol. It is the first utensil all babies use — that first connection to handmade artifacts that connect us to society.”
Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville. www.grovewood.com. 828-253-7651.