The Hunterdon Art Museum will host a special lecture, and question-and-answer session with artists David and Wendy Ellsworth on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. The program will occur just prior to the opening receptions at 2 p.m. of their solo exhibitions David Ellsworth: A Passion for Wood and Wendy Ellsworth: A Passion for Beads.

David Ellsworth is highly regarded as a premier designer of turned wooden vessels. During the mid-1970’s, he developed a series of bent turning tools and the methods required for making the eggshell-thin hollow forms for which he is known worldwide. Ellsworth is the founding member of the American Association of Woodturners, of which he was president from 1986-1991, and its first Honorary Lifetime Member. He has written more than 50 articles on subjects related to craft and woodturning and has operated the Ellsworth School of Woodturning at his home and studio in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania since 1990.

His works have been included in the permanent collections of 36 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is also the author of Ellsworth on Woodturning, which was published by Fox Chapel Publishing in 2008.

Wendy Ellsworth is an internationally recognized professional bead artist, whose works are represented in the permanent collections at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is a frequent contributor to such publications as Beadwork and Bead & Button, and teaches classes at leading craft centers, bead shops, major bead shows and at gatherings of state bead societies nationwide.

In 2009, her book Beading – The Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork was published by SkyLight Paths. Ellsworth is also an ordained interfaith minister.

No advance registration is required for this event.

We will also celebrate the opening reception of Painterly Abstractions, featuring the art of Andrew Baron, Lorraine Glessner and Suzanne Kammin. Everyone is welcome to attend both the lecture and the opening receptions. Refreshments will be served.

Image Credits: (Top): David Ellsworth, Ash Pot, 2015. (Bottom): Wendy Ellsworth, Tanjung Datu Seaform, 2010.

The David Ellsworth: A Passion for Wood exhibition was made possible in part by a donation from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.