NORTH CREEK - Gerry Holzman, current Widlund Gallery exhibitor, will be giving insights and background into the art of woodcarving at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. This will be in conjunction with an artist's reception between 5 and 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 23.
Using many New York state trees such as bass, pine, walnut and poplar, the exhibit of wood carving includes a full-size carousel duck, quarry workers from the Slate Valley, a portrait study of a Maine farm woman, a 19th century east European rabbi, Captain Ahab and a Victorian English busker.
The work shown is from Holzman's private collection, and two pieces are on loan from clients, but much of it is for sale. All of these carvings have one quality in common - they illustrate his deep and abiding love of history.
"I strongly believe that it is only through knowledge of the past - with all its troubles, terrors and triumphs - that we can understand the present. And, by extension, such an awareness remains the only rational way that we can even hope to anticipate the future," Holzman said in a press release.
During the course of his career as a professional woodcarver, he has worked in most of the styles and forms that are typical of this 2000-year-old craft, and this collection comprised of 32 years of chiseling and gouging will offer an opportunity to understand the connections between the traditions of the past and the practices of the present.
Working under the tutelage of the late Gino Masero, one of Britain's 32 master carvers, Holzman conducted a regular and elaborate correspondence in which Holzman and Masero commented on just about everything and tried to understand what it means to be human.
"I have just published a book based on these letters - 'Us Carvers' - a memoir of sorts in which an American woodcarver and his English mentor chip away at the 'Tree of Knowledge.' It will be available at the show, and I will be present on the evening of July 19 to autograph copies."
The Widlund Gallery in the Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sundays when the "Open" flag is out.
For gallery information, call 518-251-2421, or visit www.tpcca.org.