Join us for a discussion with author and curator Craig Edelbrock on the current exhibition Spoons to Stir the Soul: The World of Norm Sartorius. We’ll talk about the process of preparing for an exhibition that spans over 40 years of work and the painstaking collection of information for the accompanying book. Don’t miss this talk with a true champion of craft!
Author Craig Edelbrock retired from an academic career and is pursuing a second passion as a craft author and curator. He is vitally interested in the history, current state, and future of fine craft in America. He has served on the Boards of the Wharton Esherick Museum, The Center for Art in Wood, the Kentuck Art Center, and the Collectors of Wood Art.
Craig is a woodturner and spoon carver under the mentorship of Norm Sartorius. Norm, Barry Gordon, and Phil Jurus collaborated previously with Craig on major exhibits of Emil Milan’s works and the award-winning book Emil Milan: Midcentury Master (2018). An article about Milan written by Craig appeared in American Craft magazine (Oct/Nov 2018).
In preparation for Norm’s biography, Craig interviewed more than thirty people intertwined in different ways with Norm’s life and art, including family members, childhood friends, college classmates, fellow artists, collaborators, collectors, curators, and museum directors. Drawing on his professional training and expertise in lifespan human development, Craig’s biography explicates Norm’s life in the context of his times and addresses his motivations, aspirations, inspirations, and influences. Particular attention was paid to Norm’s “Deep Well” of artistic content and to his creative process.
This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.
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