February will be a busy month at the Creamery Arts Center. The fifth annual Art, Wine and Chocolate Lovers Extravaganza fundraiser will be held Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m.
Take in the fabulous, original art work and enjoy local wines while indulging in the chocolate fountain and other assorted desserts.
The Creamery hosts another first, showing the accomplished art of woodworkers Ron Mac-Kendrick and Clarence Fivecoate. They will be featured in the Peach Gallery with the opening reception during the extravaganza. This show runs Feb. 6 through March 4.
Ron MacKendrick is a native of Hotchkiss — born just three blocks from The Creamery. Talented in laminated, turned wooden bowls and vases, he creates designs that do not exist in nature while maintaining the beauty of the wood itself. Strongly influenced by Southwestern Indian design, Ron incorporates those motifs into many of his works.
MacKendrick states, "I was introduced to woodworking 55 years ago in high school shop class. My parents encouraged me — buying a new lathe and a used table saw. I spent the next 40 years getting my education ... during that 40-year period I was able to continue woodworking occasionally, primarily furniture, grandfather clocks, small bowls and vases, etc.
"Over the years I participated in arts and craft shows at the Ridgway Rendezvous, Strawberry Days, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Smith Fork Ranch and AppleFest and won first place in the Strawberry Days woodworking division and several ribbons at the Delta County Fair."
He added, "I attended several woodturning symposiums in Utah and Colorado that featured some of the best wood turners from around the world. Last year I was able to attend a symposium featuring hands-on training from David Ellsworth, who is one of the pioneers in the area of hollowed vessel wood turning."
Clarence Fivecoate was born and raised on a farm in north central Indiana and graduated from Kokomo High School, taking a vocational course in industrial arts learning auto mechanics, welding, radio technology and metal working. In 1979 he moved to Steamboat Springs, where he built a log cabin on Hahns Peak and was employed by the Steamboat Springs School District. Working with wood, doing requests for cabinets, bookshelves, repairing items etc., he learned he wanted to extend woodworking knowledge.
He now lives in Cedaredge and continues turning. Taking a three-day basic turning class offered by Craft Supply in Provo, Utah, gave Clarence the confidence to enter his first craft show at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.
"I enjoy 'the wonders of wood' every time I turn a piece using any species of trees I have. While traveling I often return with wood from all over the country. I'll make about anything on the lathe, just for the challenge, and most always out of one piece of wood, turning out vases, bowls, platters, hollowed vessels, pots and other items of different sizes, shapes and forms. I inlay turquoise and other minerals in woods with natural voids. I have conducted hands-on classes on my technique and knowledge of woodturning. I am proud to say my art work can be found all over the United Sates and in Europe."
This month, take advantage of the first annual pottery seconds show being held upstairs in the Churro Gallery. The show runs Wednesday, Feb. 6, through March 2.
The Creamery Arts Center is open Monday -Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 165 W. Bridge St. in Hotchkiss. Visit online at creameryartscenter.org.blog comments powered by Disqus