New Piedmont Arts exhibits to feature Appalachian crafts


Ellen Shankin, Nested Soy Bottle, from 16 Hands: Two Generations, Working Together

New exhibits featuring crafts by 16 Hands and works by Davis Choun will be on display March 21 through April 25 at Piedmont Arts.

Two Generations, Working Together features work by members of 16 Hands, an enclave of craftspeople in Floyd, Va. Drawn to the area by its beauty and tranquility, the group established working studios, careers and a way of life. Over the past 25 years, the craftspeople have solidified friendships as well as a network of creative, technical and professional support.

This exhibit features work by 16 Hands members Ellen Shankin, Brad Warstler, Silvie Granatelli, Benjie Osborne, Josh Manning, Donna Polseno, Hona Knudsen, Wendy Werstlein, Sarah McCarthy, Seth Guzovsky, Andrea Denniston and Josh Copus.

Continuity (Color + Texture) features work by Raleigh, N.C.-based artist Davis Choun. He is a process-oriented artist whose work is born out of an attraction to benign or discarded materials and a process of manipulations. His work relies on improvisation and continuity.

The works in his exhibit were created by disassembling, burning, staining and dying wooden clothespins and then reassembling them in an improvised configuration. Choun’s works are not about the clothespins or what they represent, but more a question of what can become of 5,000 intriguingly cut pieces of wood when arranged on a panel.

Davis Choun, Pins 18, from Continuity (Color + Texture)

Dreaming Geometry: An Artistic Exploration of Mathematics, featuring work by Jon Handy, will be on display in the Lynwood Artists Gallery.

Piedmont Arts will hold an opening reception in honor of these exhibits on Friday, March 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum. It will be free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. This reception is sponsored by Susan Critz, George and Jean Gautsch, Linda and Ran Isley, Sue Lester, Randy and Charlie Mattox, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, Sue Rosser, Julie Work and Lynwood Artists. RSVP attendance to 632-3221 or online at









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