Tom Myers had a long career as a rheumatologist behind him when he encountered a wood lathe. Something about it called to him, and a new passion emerged in middle age.
“I created art for almost 10 years when I realized in hindsight I subconsciously recognized the archetypal features of a typical wooden turned piece: all wood, feminine, symmetrical form with a base that anchors it to a surface, and I was methodically denying the features one by one or collectively in my pieces,” Myers said in a statement.
His addition of precious metals, acrylics and dyes, fibers and such fabrics as sea grass, linen, cotton cording and burlap added further texture to an already-lustrous medium.
An exhibit of this woodturner’s work, “Felled Flesh,” will be in place at The Art Gallery on the University of South Alabama campus (501 N. University Blvd., Mobile) through March 15. He will speak about his work March 7at 3 p.m. in The Art Gallery.
For more information, call 251-510-0499 or visit TomMyersArt.com.
Chamber music group hosts eclectic quintet
The Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds surfs genres as easily as they change reeds or clean valves. Their Lincoln Center residency and worldwide appearances are matched by a repertoire stretching from Stravinsky and Mendelssohn to Coltrane and Piazzolla.
On Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. they will appear at the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5751 USA Drive S., Mobile) courtesy of the Mobile Chamber Music Society. The afternoon’s playbill contains the aforementioned Astor Piazzolla’s tango-informed “Contrabajissimo” along with works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Paquito D’Rivera, Valerie Coleman and Simon Shaheen.
Tickets cost $20, $10 for students, and are available online or at Carpe Diem Coffee and Tea (4072 Old Shell Road). Call 251-633.8840 for more information.
Eastern Shore art event changes
Fairhope’s standard First Friday Artwalk falls the same night as the Maids of Jubilee Mardi Gras parade, so the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak Ave., Fairhope) is moving its monthly opening to the second Friday, March 8, 6-8 p.m.
New exhibits open in March: Dr. Robert Bantens’ mixed media artwork; Paulette Dove’s “Views from Hitchhikers: The Users”; and a members’ juried show judged by Sandra Halat.
There is live music and entrance is free (donations are welcome).
MAC picking garden artists
The Mobile Arts Council is curating artists for downtown’s Lost Garden in the lot just to the west of the Downtown Mobile Alliance (261 Dauphin St.). The visible venture promotes creativity while calling attention to urban gardening across the Azalea City.
If you are interesting in painting a permanent art panel for the garden, or in being a featured Artwalk artist in the coming months, call 251-432-9796 or email Lucy Gafford at email@example.com.
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