Custom House Museum showcases Keys artistry in wood

“Convent of St. Mary’s,” by artist Norma Renner, is one of the works that will be on display in the “Gouges & Grain” exhibition at the Custom House Museum in Key West. KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

“Convent of St. Mary’s,” by artist Norma Renner, is one of the works that will be on display in the “Gouges & Grain” exhibition at the Custom House Museum in Key West. KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Key West Art & Historical Society wants to celebrate the works of Florida Keys artists.

It will host a special reception from 5-7 pm. Nov. 19 to fete the works of Florida Keys artists featured in the “Gouges & Grain: Artists in Wood” exhibit at the Custom House Museum.

As you might have guessed from the name of the exhibition, this material based show involves everything wood — the organic characteristics of wood, our capability to influence its shape and its renewable ability are among the reasons wood penetrates the art world and why local artists have employed the medium in many of their great works.

“So many of our community’s artists, both past and present, have employed wood in their works, interpreting the material with diverse techniques,” society curator Cori Convertito said. “The natural beauty and versatility of the medium lends itself to imagination and inspiration.”

“Gouges & Grain” will present over 30 pieces from the society’s permanent collection that have been collected over the past 70 years that were designed using wood.

Featuring artists such as Mario Sanchez, Norma Renner, Tony Barcelo, Suzie Zuzek dePoo, George Mario Garcia and Duke Rood, the exhibit will reveal the many ways that artists have explored the movement of wood. Their work exposes the vast creativity of artists and highlights an array of techniques that are possible for this compelling material.

“It is magnificent to work with these wildly inspired pieces from our collection; they offer a dynamic view of everything that surrounds us — nature, people, experiences and materials,” Convertito said. “Focusing on this one medium will give museum visitors a chance to see how visionary our arts community is.”

“Gouges & Grain” runs until Jan.13 and is sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and The Helmerich Trust.

The Custom House Museum is at 281 Front St. For more information, call Cori Convertito at 305-295-6616, Ext. 112. ¦

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