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Natural Beauty of Woodturning Showcase at the Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s newest installation in the Spadefish Gallery, entitled “Woodturning,” showcases works created by members of the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA). The show features stunning craftsmanship of wooden vases, bowls, platters and even a cowboy hat. Artisans use the natural beauty of the wood—visible grain patterns, fungi spalting, irregular defects—to add to the character of many of the works. The skilled craftsmen create their art by rotating, or “turning,” a piece of wood between two points while using a cutting tool to create a desired shape.
Artists showcased in the exhibit include: Dennis Belcher, Bob Doughtery, Russell E. Gray, Jack O’Connor, Byron Rosbrugh, Bob Post, Ward Holdridge and Jim Stoveken. “Woodturning” will be on exhibit through Dec. 1, 2011. The Spadefish Gallery at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher showcases local artists throughout the year.
Artwork that coincides with the Aquarium’s mission of “Inspiring Appreciation and Conservation of North Carolina’s Aquatic Environment” is located on the second floor of the Marine Building. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on US 421.
The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults ages 13-61; $7 seniors ages 62+; $6 ages 3-12.
Free admission for: children ages 2 and younger; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: