Here is the press release for the gallery exhibition of my woodcarvings at the French Art Colony in Gallipolis, Ohio from September 30 thru October 23, 2011. If you can help spread the word about the exhibit I would greatly appreciate it. Better yet, stop by and check it out if you are in the area. Thanks for your support!
The French Art Colony to Showcase Folk Art in October
The French Art Colony, regional multi-arts center located in
Gallipolis, OH, will host a variety of folk art works from September
30 through October 23. The exhibit will feature wood carvings,
miniature landscapes in bottles and quilts. Ohio artist Brian Sims,
West Virginia artist Ole Bye and select local quilters will have their
work showcased in the exhibit.
Generally, folk art is more utilitarian or decorative in contrast to
fine art, created for aesthetic purposes.
Brian Sims, founder of HipShot Wood Carvings, has been featured on the
DIY Television Network’s 2009 program, “Woodsculpting”. On this
feature he carved an 1800’s era wooden ship masthead from black
walnut. His unique carvings have been shipped to clients in 40 U.S.
states, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Mr. Sims creates his works completely by hand, using no computerized
or programmable carving machines. He also does not paint his works.
In his words, “The allure of the wood, color, the grain and the
imperfections are all treated as part of the process and are often
highlighted, not hidden.”
Ole Bye began making landscape scenes in bottles a few years ago after
a random thought of the concept. He grew up making model railroads
and reuses those skills in creating his current art. Most of his
sculptures are made to the scale of 1/32”.
Mr. Bye has lived in West Virginia for 3 years. According to Bye, “I
take inspiration from this region’s landscapes and its dramatic and
tragic industrial history.”
West Virginia landscapes are featured in the works on display at the
FAC, including a representation of the famous New River Bridge,
reconstructed inside a glass bottle, complete with surrounding
A few locally-created quilts will complete the folk art exhibit,
adding a sense of color while highlighting incredible skill and
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax
dollars to ensure economic growth, educational excellence and cultural
enrichment for all Ohioans.
The French Art Colony is located at 530 First Avenue, in Gallipolis.
The folk art exhibit is free and open to public during regular
business hours, Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00-4:00, Saturday, from
10:00-3:00 and Sunday, from 1:00-5:00. For detailed information call