ART AND ANTIQUE STUDIO AND GALLERY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1419 Highland Avenue
Lolly Walton - 321-253-1941
FEATURED WOODTURNER ARTIST
ART AND ANTIQUE STUDIO and GALLERY
“Wood artist and beyond,” describes woodturner, Gary Christensen’s creativity.
Gary uses various woods for variety in color, texture, hardness, workability and density. Most of his projects are from North American trees. There are some exotic trees that are grown here as ornamentals for landscaping. Often Gary can find this wood on the side of the road. He also purchases though suppliers and E-bay.
Gary likes to use figured woods, including curly, wavy, fiddle back, burl and especially spalted woods because these are the most colorful and interesting to work with. A friend at church introduced him to the scroll saw and then to woodturning. He soon had a wood shop in his garage with a wood lathe, band saw, table saw and grinder among other tools. This led to a shed for the workshop. Gary’s inspiration comes from magazines, books, training videos and club members. He is a member of Space Coast Woodturners Club and the American Association of Woodturners.
Artistic creative hobbies have been part of Gary’s life for over 40 years. Oil painting led to acrylics and other media. In 1979, he learned calligraphy from a workbook to make invitations for his wedding. This led to teaching the craft to an adult school class. Gary moved on to ceramics and then fly tying and needlepoint. Retirement form the offices of the State of New Jersey gave him time to complete a wooden ship model and to begin fretwork. The scroll saw soon gave way to a lathe and his focus shifted almost exclusively to woodturning.
Gary has been a member of Art and Antique Gallery and Studio since last year. He and his wife Vicki reside in Palm Bay.
Reception: Friday Art Walk – September 6, 2013 - 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Art and Antique Gallery – 1419 Highland Ave.
Phone: 321-253-5553 - Open to the Public – Refreshments