Kenneth Forte of Ellerbe produces functional artwork, dreamlike and completely unique creations made from wood which he has collected from across the globe. Seen in museums such as the Smithsonian and the Guggenheim, he also has pieces in the White House.
Folks can meet Forte and two other artists at a reception Sunday afternoon, hosted by the Anson County Arts Council. The public is invited to enjoy wine, cheese, other refreshments, and a chance to socialize and visit with these artists. Drop in any time between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Olde Mill Gallery, Lockhart Taylor Center, at 514 N. Washington St. in Wadesboro. The event is free.
Forte said he is often inspired by the movements of his graceful, ballerina wife. He rattles off facts about hardwoods as though he was reading from an encyclopedia. Don’t miss the opportunity to come see what he sees — the beautiful shiny insides (of wood, that is).
The Arts Richmond executive Director Laura Daskal is familiar with Forte’s art, and has seen his work displayed.
“Kenneth Forte is a local artist with exceptional knowledge, skill and experience in woodworking,” said Daskal. “He designs wonderful one of a kind art pieces that are organic, functional and beautiful. I encourage anyone interested in the art of woodworking, wood-turning or design in general to attend this exhibit.”
The reception will also include artists Sylvia Coppola and Melody Dupre.
Coppola handcrafts pottery at Duck Work in Indian Trial, in Union County. All of the pottery is either thrown on the wheel, hand built or a combination of the two. Coppola said, “My objectives for Duck Creek Pottery are to make high quality pots that are beautiful to look at and use around the home. My work is glazed in warm colors of blues, greens, tans, plums and browns.”
Dupre of Wadesboro has delighted locals with her beautiful watercolors. The cottage garden at her home has become a “tourist attraction” as well as inspiration for much of her art work. Melody has won several ribbons at art shows and will soon be teaching a class on painting the lovely sunflowers which she has made so popular.