ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is an exploration in wood utilizing various domestic and exotic hardwoods to serve as my canvas. I’ll often harvest or hand-select specific species of wood for a project. I find wood that is highly figured or has an interesting grain pattern the most fascinating. To obtain a striking visual effect, I will incorporate one or more secondary wood species or introduce a stone, metal, paper, or fabric component for a contrasting yet complimentary union of materials. The end result is a functional piece of art that can be used for containment or concealment.

Shown here are some of my keepsake boxes, bowls, and trays. I have also designed and created small tables that have inlaid ceramic tiles, cabinets, and lighting.

If you are interested in purchasing one of my pieces here, or you would like to discuss a custom designed piece, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I may be reached at RobertsWoodWorkingStudio@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting!
Robert

GALLERY & EXHIBITION EXPERIENCE

• May 2008 to May 2009 – 15 Minutes Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Special Merit Award

• October 2008 – Unearthed Exhibit (Lawrenceville, PA)
o Exhibition benefitting the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Society and Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest

• March to April 2009 – The Clay Place (Carnegie, PA)

• June 2009 – Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Selected as an Emerging Artist

• June to September 2009 – 15 Minutes Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)

• October 2009 – Arbor Aid Exhibition (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Exhibition benefitting the Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest

• November 2009 to September 2014 – Box Heart Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• June 2010 to October 2010 – Hole In The Wall Gallery (Lower Burrell, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• June to July 2010 – Fe Gallery (Lawrenceville, PA)
o Exhibition benefitting the Urban Tree Forge

• August 2010 to February 2012 – Gallery on 43rd Street (Lawrenceville, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• October 2010 – Arbor Aid Exhibition (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Exhibition benefitting the Urban Tree Forge

• October 2010 to May 2011 GalleriE Chiz (Shadyside, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• November 2010: Selected as a finalist for the 2011 Niche Awards

• November to December 2010 – 28 West Second Gallery (Greensburg, PA)

• December 2010 – < C > Space: Collective (Garfield, PA)

• February 2011 to January 2012 – Bottlebrush Gallery (Harmony, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• May 2011 – “Works In Wood” – Bottlebrush Gallery (Harmony, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• May 2011 – yART Sale – Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Shop (Pittsburgh, PA)

• May 2011 – Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Shop (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• May 24 to June 18, 2011 – 11th Anniversary Exhibition / Box Heart Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• September 8 – 30, 2011 – WOOD Exhibit / Élan Fine Art Gallery (Sewickley, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• October 1 – 2 and 15 – 16, 2011 – Bedner’s Art Under Glass (McDonald, PA)

• October 28, 2011 – Arbor Aid Exhibition (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Exhibition benefitting Tree Pittsburgh

• November 11, 2011 to January 19, 2012 – Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 101st Annual Exhibit @ Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Group Exhibition
o Exhibit review by Mary Thomas / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

• October 13 – 14, 2012 – Bedner’s Art Under Glass (McDonald, PA)

• November 10, 2012 – Arbor Aid Exhibition (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Exhibition benefiting Tree Pittsburgh

• November 30, 2012 – January, 5, 2013 – Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh: Off the Wall Exhibit & Sale @ 709 Penn Avenue Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• March 22, 2013 – Westmoreland Museum of American Art – Museum Shop (Greensburg, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• May 2013 – Tula Organic Salon & Spa (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Featured Artist

• June 1 to June 12, 2013 – 2013 Westmoreland Art Nationals – Westmoreland Community College Exhibition (Youngwood, PA)

• July 4 to July 7, 2013 – 2013 Westmoreland Art Nationals – Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Exhibition (Twin Lakes Park – Latrobe, PA)

• August 17, 2013 – “reGenerations” – The Homewood Cemetery Tree Reclamation Art Project (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• October 12 – 13, 2013 – Bedner’s Art Under Glass (McDonald, PA)

• November 2013 to September 2014 – September Moon Gallery (Findley Lake, NY)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• November 15, 2013 to January 6, 2014 – Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh: Holiday Exhibit & Sale @ 709 Penn Avenue Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• November 15, 2013 to December 29, 2013 – Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Holiday Shop (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Group Exhibition

• December 2013 – Society for Contemporary Craft – The Store (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Represented Store Artist

• July 19-20, 2014 – Memory Keepsake Box Class (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Workshop taught at Society for Contemporary Craft

• July 2014 – April 2015 – Robin’s Nest (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Represented Gallery Artist

• October 11-12, 2014 – Bedner’s Art Under Glass (McDonald, PA)

• December 5-6, 2014 – Bradford House Museum Exhibit (Washington, PA)

• September 11-13, 2015 – Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh “A Fair In The Park” (Pittsburgh, PA)

• October 10 – 11, 2015 – Bedner’s Art Under Glass (McDonald, PA)

• December 12, 2015 – Christmas In Salem Crossroads at St. John the Baptist De La Salle Church (Delmont, PA)

• July 24, 2016 – Bellissimo Art Show at Gervasi Vineyard (Canton, OH)

• September 9-11, 2016 – Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh “A Fair In The Park” (Pittsburgh, PA)

• September 8-10, 2017 – Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh “A Fair In The Park” (Pittsburgh, PA)

• September 7-9, 2018 – Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh “A Fair In The Park” (Pittsburgh, PA)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

• Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh
o http://www.craftsmensguild.org/

• Western Pennsylvania Woodworker’s Association
o http://www.wpwoodworkers.org/

  • Joined: September 2009

Member of Groups

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