October was an Exciting Month!

Gallery Representation

Kumiko Sofa Table at Anticus Gallery, Scottsdale

This is the most exciting thing to happen in October for sure, this is the first gallery to represent me since our move to Phoenix.  The timing was just right, I approached the owner of the gallery; Phillip Payne, as he was going through some changes and looking for ways to diversify the gallery.  The name of the gallery is changing from Desert Mountain Fine Art to Anticus.  Phillip is an amazing sculptor as is his father Kenneth.  If you check out the link to the galleries website you’ll see the variety of artists he represents and the services he offers.  My work is unique to the gallery, he will be representing my premium, hand crafted boxes that feature the Kumiko inserts in their lids.  I’m also working on another series of boxes that will feature exotic woods and the hand crafted joinery I’m known for.  Like other high end galleries, there is an area where clients can view art in a setting that is more home like rather than an open gallery space.  There was ample room to display the Cherry sofa table and we thought if fit perfectly.  Diane and I discovered the gallery (located at 7012 E Greenway Pkwy, Suite 160 Scottsdale AZ 85254) when we were going for our anniversary dinner.  It’s in the Kierland area of North Scottsdale which is an amazing area of shops and eating establishments.  Come check it out!


Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine

Through the Store at Mesa Art Center I was fortunate to have a recent Kumiko insert box included in a recent story about local artists that incorporated traditional Japanese and Celtic work into theirs.  Phoenix has a sister city in Japan, Hemeji and that’s the connection.  This photograph is on page 40 of their November issue.  Honored to have my work included in their story.


Diane’s Upcoming Group Show

When it comes to picture framing you’ve probably heard me refer to myself as a “boutique framer”, in other words; designing a frame specifically for the artwork or occasion.  Diane (website link) has been invited to participate in an upcoming show at the Meyer-Vogl Gallery.  The show is titled Plunge and the theme is water.  She has created five paintings to fit that theme.  The frame is a fairly simple profile but for these, General Finishes milk paint in Persian Blue was chosen for the undercoat.  The frames are oil gilded with 12 karat gold leaf which allows that blue hue to faintly show through the leaf — a water like effect!  The sides were left painted.  Here are four of the framed paintings:

I always enjoy her creative process so allow me to share her blog on the last of the paintings, Aquarius which features a whimsical look at the classic rubber ducky!  Once that painting gets it’s final varnish it’ll be framed and sent off to the gallery soon.


About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodworksbyJohn?ref=si_shop Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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1 Response to October was an Exciting Month!

  1. Jeff Branch says:

    Great work both the kumiko projects and the picture frames.


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