Robert C. Hoffman Charitable
Endowment Trust Gallery
The Center offers beautiful exhibition space in the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust Gallery, Reception Hall, and throughout the building.
SHOWING THROUGH JULY
I have been woodworking for the last 50 years, with the last 30 years wood turning on the lathe. A neighbor in Annapolis was a first class cabinet maker. He stopped one day and asked if I would be interested in learning cabinet and furniture construction on week ends with him for extra cash. We did that for many years.
One day we needed a spindle for a chair we were building for a customer and I decided that I could turn it. The rest is history.
Since I retired 20 years ago I have become addicted to turning and teaching on the lathe. Seeing a smile on someone’s face after making a bowl or a pen gives me great pleasure. Most days I spend 6 hours in the shop, turning projects for one of the shows that I do each year or making my Christmas gifts for family and friends. Every three years I am a resident artist for 2 months at Quite Waters Park, an Anne Arundel County Park, in Annapolis, Maryland.
I enjoy making and donating items for different charitable organizations in the Gettysburg area.
At the current time I am a member and past President of the Cumberland Valley Woodturners.
I have been turning wood for over 25 years and have been turning virtually full time for 19 years. I have studied woodturning with David Ellsworth, a well known American turner and teacher. Also with Stuart Batty and Jimmy Clewes, both of whom learned their art in England.
I primarily turn domestic wood and enjoy turning burls for their artistic characteristics. My turning emphasis is essentially artistic in nature, however, I do turn some utility style vessels, such as salad bowls and platters. Each of my turnings are unique, as I do not enjoy doing production turning. I frequently incorporate coloring and carving in my turnings as a means of enhancing the natural beauty of the wood. Recently I have been turning a number of different style boxes with threaded lids, and have been experimenting with burning and color to highlight the grain in open grain wood like oak and ash.
I am also a partner in Glaser Hi-Tech Inc., a California based company that manufactures, high end wood turning tools.
Maury Mahan, a Pennsylvania native, has lived and worked in many parts of the country. After retiring from a professorship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center he and his wife retired to South Central Pennsylvania. By desire and sometimes necessity Dr. Mahan has made case goods and furniture for nearly 50 years. While building Windsor chairs, he learned the basics of woodturning and has been making things round since 2005. Dr. Mahan enjoys the skills of woodturning because they combine the natural beauty of wood with utility and design.
In 1970 I began building furniture first using pine and later chose oak because of its durability, appearance, and workability. Now an avid woodturner, I select native wood including maple, cherry, ash, oak, chestnut, mulberry, and walnut and sometimes mix these with a variety of exotics.
Barbara A Fordney is a retired registered nurse, originally from Lancaster, Pa., who began wood turning in 2009. She became interested in this upon observing her husband, Bill Fordney, who introduced her to the art of turning wood. He began instructing her and she started by turning small spindle ornaments, which remains one of her favorite items to craft.
Barbara and Bill have traveled to many wood turning exhibitions and symposiums over the years, and have been very fortunate to meet top crafters in this field, and have also learned many techniques from these demonstrators.
Barbara presently is interested in coloring her work by using dyes and colored markers, and plans to try airbrush painting.
Bill is a retired CPA who has been turning for many years. He began woodworking as a child, when a retired gentleman in Lancaster took several boys on a Saturday morning and taught them. Bill started his woodturning there. Over the years he learned from his father. He then went on to develop his own interests in woodturning.
Bill has designed and turned many Christmas ornaments. As a collector of chess sets, he has turned several different sets. In addition to what may be called standard turning, his interest is in turning new and different items and replicating pieces from pictures.
James (Jim) L. Stottlemyer
It seems that I always had an interest in woodworking. I grew up helping my father with the normal household repairs. In return I was allowed all the nails I wanted as long as they were ones I straightened. An old anvil in the garage and a ball peen hammer did the trick. Armed with my almost new nails and some scrap wood I could make anything I could imagine. Mostly it included bending more nails. My grandfather had a real workshop. I spent many hours at his side “helping”. Now that I have grandchildren of my own I better understand what helping means. He used both hand and power tools to craft a wide variety of things. His favorite shop project was making clocks for the family. The first time I saw a lathe was in seventh grade shop class. My grandfather bought one that year and I have not been without access to a lathe since. That was over 50 years ago. I admit there were occasions that my lathe sat idle for long periods of time. However the interest grew and now several other lathes join the one my grandfather had. Today I enjoy turning a wide variety of things. Ranging from the small pens and bottle stoppers through the medium bowls and platters to the large furniture. Some of the most enjoyable projects are the stools and chairs inspired by those made by distant relatives in the 19th and early 20th century. Their style, grace, design and craftsmanship created furniture that in many cases still see daily use over a hundred years later. My desire is that my work lasts for generations and provides enjoyment to the owner. In addition all proceeds from the sale of my work goes to support local charitable work projects.
BEACHES AND BLOOM
Member’s artwork will be featured in the Reception Hall during the month of July & August. The themed show, “Beaches and Blooms”, will feature 2D and 3D artwork and include watercolor, mixed media, oils, acrylics, fiber work, and more by over 20 member artists.
GETTYSBURG AREA HIGH SCHOOL
AP ART STUDENTS
A Moment in Time
A showcase of artwork by extraordinary highschool AP students from Gettysburg High School under the instruction of Amy Dreves is on display in the Studio. The show runs through the month of July and includes photography, painting, etching, and jewelry.
“My students are encouraged to find their personal voice and establish their own artistic style for the work they create,” says Gettysburg High School art teacher, Amy Dreves. “The show gives students an opportunity to experience the thrill of exhibiting their work.”