Woodcarvers Ball on display at Mudpuppy Gallery


By Joel Charron

The Mudpuppy Gallery’s latest exhibit showcases the talents of local woodcarvers and sculptors.

“The Woodcarver’s Ball” will be on display through March 3 and features a number of “breathtaking” pieces said Mudpuppy Gallery co-owner Robert Honor.

Due to the success of last years wood carvers exhibit Honor said they received a lot more submissions for this years show.

Honor said the Mudpuppy Gallery “broadened the theme” for this year’s exhibit. Last year the gallery only accepted wood carved sculptures, however this year the exhibit will feature “anything about wood.”


Wood sculpture by Fred Zavadil

Wood sculpture by Fred Zavadil

“We have pieces that are photographs and paintings that have to do with wood,” said Honor. “It’s more of an interpretation of wood.”

Honor said the Mudpuppy Gallery decided to go that route because the Gallery felt they were limiting themselves to one specific genre.

“We wanted to expand the exhibit to include more artists,” said Honor.

Honor did mention woodcarvers submitted the   majority of the pieces.

“Woodcarvers are very passionate about what they do and I’m not sure if they have an opportunity to display their work as much as other artists,” he said. “We are glad to provide a venue to show off some of these outstanding pieces.”

Paul Chittle, a local woodcarver has been working with wood since 1990.

“It’s very relaxing,” said Chittle. “Wood is a beautiful medium to work with.”

Chittle said when working with wood, he can see what he wants to create and part of the fun is seeing his vision being carved into what he sees.

“You kind of see what’s in there and when you bring it out, it’s very satisfying,” said Chittle.

The Woodcarvers Ball runs until March 3.

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