Parrot Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.
“What Would You See”
The Parrot Gallery at 328 W. Orange Street will display myriad trees in its March 6, 2020, 5-8 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception—trees present in the form of stunning lathe-turned vessels by fine wood artist Doug Reesor. He playfully titles his exhibit, “What Wood You See.”
When Reesor sees a tree, he is curious about the secrets within. Only after the tree is felled and cut up will he discover the wavy pattern of a tiger maple, or a path of holes left by feasting grubs.
A career metallurgical engineer, Reesor notes he has enjoyed working in crafts all his life. He adds, “From the time I started working as a harness maker with my grandfather at the age of 12, my spare time has always included some type of craft and woodworking. I did some woodturning in high school and university; and then again in my early twenties when I made a 4-poster pine bed for myself. In the 1990’s when my family and I moved to Terre Haute (IN), I took up copper forming and making fountains.”
He regrets that without a lathe during his career and family years, he left woodworking behind until 2007 when his father died and left him a lathe. He was drawn to segmented turning almost immediately.
At first, Reesor determined to make only useful vessels on the lathe, but soon his inquisitve mind wandered to other forms. He started exploring platters and hollow-form vessels while using carving, burning, and dying to further embellish his work. Recently, Reesor is challenging himself to make thinner bowls and platters. The exhibit features one with delicate 1/32” thin walls.
He admits that no matter the phase, he continues to look for the new to reveal the complex beauty of wood. His memorable art pieces have been available through the Mt. Gretna Art Show and Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Currently, he is represented at Thomas Morton’s Fine Furniture in Lititz and at Cross Keys Wood Works on N. Queen Street in Lancaster.
Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:00pm–8:00 pm
“What Wood You See” runs through April 2020.
The Parrot Gallery is open on First Fridays and Sunday mornings.
Call 717-392-7567 to make an appointment for week-day viewing.
Artist Doug Reesor