Wood Woman: A Retrospective of Multi-Axis Wood Turning by Barbara Dill

Wood Woman, Barbara Dill

February 9 – March 30, 2018

Curated by Lora Beldon

Barbara Dill is a force. It’s unusual enough for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field to create art using slabs of wood as the medium, and Barbara came to it after a successful and colorful career in psychiatric nursing that took her to Europe and East Africa. She studied wood turning with Michael Hosaluk, Ray Key and David Ellsworth before bucking the restraints of symmetry by solving the mathematical mystery that perplexed wood turners until she did so: how to turn wood on a lathe asymmetrically, and most importantly, in a way that could be replicated consistently.

Wood Woman will feature a variety of large and small works that exemplify Barbara’s equation in a variety of woods, such as Holly and Red Cedar. Her art includes sculptures and functional pieces. The exhibit will also provide a glimpse into the artist’s studio, including one of her lathes and other working materials, and a process timeline created by curator Lora Beldon. There will be a brief artist’s talk at 8 PM during the opening reception. Barbara will additionally conduct a demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 - Noon in the gallery.

Also on view, To Be Turned, a documentary on Barbara Dill by Patrick Gregory (in progress)

Opening receptionand artist talk, Fri. Feb. 9, 2018, 7 - 9 PM
in the Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond
Free and open to the public

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The mission of The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is to foster lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ artists and their community by exhibiting their art, as well as work that relates to their experiences. The Iridian Gallery seeks to position the gallery and its exhibitions as a vital constituent of Greater Richmond’s vibrant arts culture.

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Past Exhibits

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