‘Knock on Wood’ gallery to show assortment of wood-based art

Published 5:45 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

An exhibit dedicated solely to works of art made from wood, titled Knock on Wood, will open Thursday, September 14, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

It will highlight five artists from the immediate region, demonstrating how their work varies greatly from one to another.

Trenton Beard is well known for his woodburning etchings, some of which he has shown in prior art shows, while Iron City’s Steve Cross, has achieved national acclaim for his help in restoring ancient ships and building a table and chairs with former President Jimmy Carter for an auction. He salvages old sunken cypress logs and other wood and turns them into unique creations.

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Rebecca Kasilus, a local art  teacher, also does woodburning. Her works are of a more delicate style.

Regular attendees at the arts shows are familiar with the fine wood sculptured, smooth work of Henry Intili. His creations are often made with an eye for detail and range from small bowls to intricate mirror frames and larger display items.

Neva Odom of Bainbridge is a relative newcomer to the art world. After teaching school for 16 years she decided to try her hand at being an artist. She has a unique talent for painting driftwood to look like animals and other articles. She spends a lot of time on the river and gathers up pieces she sees drifting along that spark her imagination and creative juices. Consequently there are no duplicates. Each piece is a one of a kind. She recently took some of her pieces on consignment to a  business called The Swamp Log in South Carolina.

The show begins with an open reception sponsored by Southwest Georgia Oil Co. and Bank of the Ozarks, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 14th. The exhibit continues through Sept. 24 with Friday hours 3 to 6 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Come see what these amazing artists can do with a just an old piece of wood.