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How it Started and How it’s Going: Collector Joe Seltzer

May 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


How it Started and How it’s Going: Collector Joe Seltzer | Wed. May 12, 2021 | 6:30 pm EST | LIVE on ZOOM

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Join us for How it Started and How it’s Going, a speaker series with collectors. We’ll dive into their collections and learn about how they got started and why; we’ll hear what attracts them to certain pieces and see some of their favorite works. We will also discuss what makes someone a collector of art and how to start your own collection. Our first talk will feature Collector, Woodturner, and retired Educator Joe Seltzer.

Don’t miss this special glimpse into a collection!

Joe Seltzer

Joe Seltzer is a woodturner and avid collector of wood art. He first noticed woodturning in 1985 when he went to the Renwick to see the Jacobson Collection. He began to go to local craft shows and shortly thereafter, decided to limit his collection to pieces less than 7 inches in height or diameter. In about 1988 he read a newspaper article about Albert LeCoff, tracked him down, and went to visit. From that and many subsequent interactions, he began to learn about the field. He started to go to national craft shows and conferences and met many artists and collectors who became friends. He is a founding Board Member of the Collectors of Wood Art (CWA), was on the Board for 12 years, including a term as President. He helped organize two conferences presented jointly by the CWA and the Wood Turning Center (now CAW).

In 1998, Joe became involved with the annual local collaborative conference called Echo Lake and has been on the steering committee and attended ever since. He helped organize a tenth anniversary retrospective exhibition held at CAW and a twentieth-anniversary retrospective exhibit at New Hope Arts.

His collection now includes over 1200 objects, all of which except about two dozen fit the 7-inch criteria.


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.


Questions? Please contact Katie Sorenson, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Engagement at [email protected].


May 12, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Center for Art in Wood
(215) 923-8000
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The Center for Art in Wood
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