Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

Non-Representational Sculpture Winners Of 2015 Are Beaver, Han, Luth And Davies

Highlight Hollywood had the exclusive rights to reveal the results of the 50 categories of winning artists in the American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The Nation. In a series of articles expanding through October, we revealed, in daily features, the 1st to 6th Place winning images with artists info, one category at a time.
This year the online contest had submissions from 35 countries including Aruba, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain,South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and USA.
I interviewed president of, Thom Bierdz (painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the last category, Non-Representational Sculpture. Bierdz explained, “The galleries scored John Beaver highest. He creates wonderful unique forms from all kinds of woods. He is a highly-collectible genius in his field. Awards were also given to Becky Luth’s sea portal and the futuristic work by David Han and Michael Davies.”
1st   JOHN BEAVER   USA   “Eye Of The Storm”   13 x 5″   Painted sycamore / cocobolo / oak base.2nd   JOHN BEAVER   USA   “Tripartite”   12 x 4″    Walnut burl / ebonized oak base / brass rod.
3rd   JOHN BEAVER   USA   “Merging: Almost”   12 x 4.5″   Cocobolo / ebony base.4th   DAVID HAN   USA    “Untitled #5”     3 x 4 x 4′   Sheet metal sculpture.5th   DAVID HAN   USA    “Untitled #8”    4.5 x 3 x 6′   Sheet metal sculpture.6th   BECKY LUTH    CANADA   “Portal to the Sea”    Recycled metal hubcap sculpture.

6th   MICHAEL DAVIES   USA   “Ghost Of Flight 19 [For Bermuda Triangle Pilots]”   72 x 20 x 16″     Found and fabricated objects, with motorized moving parts.

    American Association of Woodturners, Gallery of Wood Art, “Merging” Exhibition,  June 26 – Dec 31, 2015
Messler Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship,  Rockport Maine,  “Faculty Show”  June – September 2015
Wharton Esherick Museum, “Vases” Exhibition.  Sep 13 – Dec 31, 2015
Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, 36th Annual Box Show,  November 1 – December 31, 2015
    Del Mano Gallery,
Sullivan Goss,  Santa Barbara,  CA
Glenn Green Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Thomas R. Riley Gallery,  Cleveland, OH
Guilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IAPAST EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES:
Beyond Boundaries:  Wood Art for the 21st Century, SOFA Chicago
American Association of Woodturners, Gallery of Wood Art
Currents, Rising, Harmony, Merging Exhibitions
The Wharton Esherick Museum, PA
Wood Jewelry, Vases Exhibitions
Del Mano Gallery
Small Treasures, Turned and Carved Wood, Hot Tea
Messler Gallery,  Center for Furniture Craftsmanship,  Rockport, ME
Peters Valley Craft Center, “Considering the Kylix”
The Folk Tree Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Infusion,  Vail, CO
Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Glass Menagerie, Corning NY
Los Angeles Arboretum,  Forces of Nature
    SOFA Chicago
Art Palm Beach
American Craft Exposition,  Evanston, IL
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
American Craft Council, Baltimore & San Francisco
Contemporary Crafts Market, Santa Monica CA & Pasadena CA
Beverly Hills Art Show (Affair in the Gardens)
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
Design in Wood at the San Diego Fair
Orange County Woodworking Exhibition at the Orange County Fair
Woodworker West:  Niche Awards,  May/June 2015
American Art Collector:  Rising Exhibition,  November 2014
Woodturning Magazine:  Cover Photo,  August 2014
Woodworker West:  AAW Rising, July/Aug 2014
Woodturning Magazine:  Cover Photo,  August 2013
Woodworker West:  Turning Topics,  Nov/Dec 2013
Woodturning Design Magazine:  “Dots Bangle”  July 2013
Woodturning Magazine:  Artist Profile & Interview, February 2013
Woodworker West:  Niche Awards Review, May/June 2012
The Crafts Report:  Strength in Numbers,  June 2012
Niche Magazine: Niche Awards Review, Winter 2012
Woodturning Magazine:  Featured Artist,  January 2012
American Woodturner:  Ornaments, December 2011
American Woodturner: Featured Artist:  June 2011
The Highland Woodturner: (Internet) Featured Artist, November 2011
Tropical Exotic Hardwoods: (Internet) Featured Artist, July 2011
Woodworker West: AAW Symposium Review, May/June 2011
Palisades Post:  Front Page Lifestyles Section. Full Page Article, 10/28/2010
American Association of Woodturners:  Turning of the Week 2/23/10, 7/16/12, 10/28/12, 6/15/13
Segmented Woodturners Association (internet): Turning of the Week 1/15/11, 9/10/11, 7/16/12,  5/20/13,  7/13/13,  9/1/15
Woodturners Unlimited (internet)  Turning of the Week  6/20/13,  7/13/13
World of Woodturners (Internet):  Multiple Cover Shots
Niche Awards: First Place, Painted or Colored Wood
American Art Awards:  1st Place and 2nd Place, Sculpture Non-Representational
Niche Awards: Finalist, Turned Wood
Niche Awards: Finalist, Painted or Colored Wood
American Association of Woodturners:  Symposium Instant Gallery Award
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival:  1st Place, Wood
Beverly HIlls Art Show:  2nd Place, Mixed Media
American Art Awards:  2nd Place, Sculpture Non-Representational
Niche Awards:  1st Place, Turned Wood
American Art Awards:  1st Place and 2nd Place, Sculpture Non-Representational
Wharton Esherick Museum:  3rd Place, Sticks and Stones Jewelry Competition
Beverly Hills Art Show:  2nd Place, Mixed Media
Contemporary Crafts Market, Santa Monica:  Show Publicity Photo
Segmented Woodturners Symposium:  Symposium Instant Gallery Award
Segmented Woodturners Association: 1st Place “One Species” Contest
Woodturners America, Beauty and The Beast Contest:  Finalist
Orange County Woodworking Exhibition at the Orange County Fair:  2nd Place Open Form Turning
Orange County Woodworking Exhibition at the Orange County Fair:  Honorable Mention Segmented Turning
Glendale Woodturners Guild:  1st Place “Wood Jewelry” Contest
American Association of Woodturners:  Symposium Instant Gallery Award
Design in Wood, San Diego: Honorable Mention: Embellished Wood Turning
American Association of Woodturners:  2nd Place “Bleached Wood” Contest
Glendale Woodturners Guild:  1st Place “Open Space” Contest
Orange County Fair Woodworking Exhibition:  1st Place Open Form Turning
Orange County Fair Woodworking Exhibition:  2nd Place Closed Form Turning
Orange County Fair Woodworking Exhibition: Industry Award presented by Deft Finishes
Orange County Fair Woodworking Exhibition:  Honorable Mention Segmented Turning
Santa Monica Contemporary Crafts Market:  Show Publicity Photo
Sawmill Creek Fall Turning Challenge: 2nd Place Bowl Category2009
American Association of Woodturners:  2nd Place “Turned Wood Egg” Contest
Having lived my entire life near the Pacific Ocean, the motion and rhythm of the ocean’s waves are a major inspiration for my work.
Contrast is also an important element for me, not only aesthetically but in the process of turning a functional object, like a bowl, into an
“objet d’art.”  Artistically, I like to combine multiple woods with dyes and textures to enhance the rhythmic lines that are a part of my
work.  The technical genesis of these works lies in my ability to deconstruct and reconstruct a turned vessel in a number of
different ways while maintaining grain and wall alignment.  I hope that my pieces will evoke a feeling of movement and energy in
an otherwise static environment.
    I live in Pacific Palisades, CA  with my wife Candy, and two wonderful daughters, Lauren and Rachel.  When I’m not turning I enjoy Golf,
Paddle Tennis, Skiing, Cycling and Bocce.
Collectors of Wood Art,  Vice President
American Association of Woodturners,  Professional Outreach Program committee memberPRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Steve Keeble and Karen Depew
Jeffrey Bernstein and Judith Chernoff
Joseph Seltzer
Chris Rifkin
Myron and Phoebe Resnick
David and Karen Long
Rev. Richard and Elizabeth Houge
Stephen and Cathy Weinroth
November 13-15  Wine Country Woodturners, Bay Area Woodturners, Silicon Valley Woodturners
Feb 5-7, 2016  Florida Woodturning Symposium.  Featured Presenter
Feb 26-28, 2016  Desert Woodturning Roundup,  Featured PresenterEDUCATION
Pepperdine University, Bachelor of Arts Degree
UCLA School of Fine Arts
Segmented Turning Workshop with Malcolm Tibbetts
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine:  Mark Gardner Woodturning Workshop
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine:  Beth Ireland Woodturning Workshop

Living in an urban part of Southern California there is not easy access to a lot of different wood.  Fortunately there is a place near my home
where local tree trimmers leave free logs for firewood.  I get about half the wood I use from these piles, and I’m sure people look at me
funny as I investigate each piece looking for the gems.   Being mindful of the rain forests, I use primarily North American hard woods, and
only purchase limited amounts of exotic wood.


BEST GALLERY IN ARIZONA — Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art: “Sedona’s largest gallery… Arizona’s largest gallery… largest gallery in the Southwest! …20,000 square feet of extraordinary display. 18 years…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:

BEST GALLERY IN ILLINOIS — Hilligoss Gallery: “…has been Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery offering every kind of painting, from Renoirs to emerging local impressionists…two-story 8,500 square foot gallery is a beautiful and surreal timeless world unto itself, with a large staff and millions in annual revenue…”     SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art: “For almost thirty years… specialized in 20th Century American Art with a focus on artists from the Midwest… three story building and exterior spaces…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN NEW YORK STATE — LIK SOHO: “Lik is the most successful photographer in the world… 15 GALLERIES, TV show… sold upwards of $500 million to collectors, royalty, presidents and celebrities… his B&W photo titled “Phantom” sold for $6,500,000.00… Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN CALIFORNIA — Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery: “…20 years… three locations… excel in fine art acquisitions, consulting, custom framing, art installation, corporate collections and award design…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: GALLERY IN NEVADA — Exclusive Collections Gallery: “Collectors range from A-list celebrities to U.S. presidents… does an astronomical amount of business… is continually expanding, with four other stunning locations – Beverly Hills, San Diego and Laguna Beach.” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN CONNECTICUT — Westport River Gallery: “… expertise in fine European, American & Asian fine art… web site reads like a library… on highly collectible international artists’ works… preeminent dealers of Pissarro – and not only Camille Pissarro,… but also H. Claude Pissarro, Paulemile Pissarro and Lelia Pissarro.” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN TENNESSEE — Stanford Fine Art: “…the premier purveyor of historical, Impressionistic and regional art in the Southeast. For over 25 years… Nashville’s premier art gallery… works… from the 19th century to the present… exemplary aesthetic standards, museum quality…”
BEST GALLERY IN  OREGON: BRONZE COAST GALLERY: “…one of Oregon Coast’s premiere fine art galleries for more than 20 years. They even provide education in sculpture and the process of bronze casting…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN FLORIDA — Art Fusion Galleries: “Established in 2001… represents over 900… known as the preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists… 8,000 square feet… in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District…”
BEST GALLERY IN TEXAS — Laura Rathe Gallery: “…two stunning galleries, one in the Dallas Design District… other on Houston Gallery Row… a leading source for contemporary art in Texas… established, mid-career artists… acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN LOUISIANA — Jonathan Ferrara Gallery: “…focused on cutting edge works… with a sense of purpose, mission, and message… provocative… New Orleans gallery has become a fixture on Julia Street’s gallery row, the premier art corridor in The South.” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN KENTUCKY – E & S Gallery: “…a nationally recognized leader in the African American art industry. Established in Louisville, KY in 1989… grown to a more than 11,000 square foot gallery…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art:   “… on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. We love the art, we love the spirit, we love the upward trajectory, we love the history… special, insightful and unique…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN MISSOURI: The Hilliard Gallery:“41 years… one of the oldest and largest fine art galleries in Kansas City… voted by Kansas City Visitor Center as Best Gallery In Kansas City in 2012… voted by Kansas City Magazine as the Best Gallery In Kansas City 2014.” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN OHIO — Lee Hayden Gallery: “… a prominent Cleveland gallery for a decade, offering paintings, sculptures and rare prints from dozens of internationally acclaimed artists…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN NEW MEXICO — Zane Bennett Contemporary Art: “…museum appeal…powerful 10,000 square foot space… Phenomenal.”
BEST GALLERY IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Gallery Of Fine Art: “…on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue. This prestigious French Quarter gallery… classical to contemporary works of originality and beauty… established and mid-career painters and sculptors who forge new ground. Notable artists of museum quality…” SEE FULL STORY HERE: GALLERY IN HAWAII — Genesis Galleries: “16 years… two wildly popular galleries on the Big Island… Genesis Kings offers international work while their Queens location offers only authentic Hawaii work… Known along the Kohala Coast as the highest-rated destination in galleries by Trip Advisor… “ SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN IOWA — Steven Vail Fine Arts: “…one of the state’s better-known galleries for contemporary and modern art… international and high-profile artists, such as Damien Hirst, Willem de Koonig, Chuck Close, Henry Moore, Not Vital and Donald Judd whose works have been exhibited in famous art museums across the world…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN IDAHO — The Art Spirit Gallery: “… 20 years… high-quality, original work by regional artists… 4,000 square foot… unimaginably high ceilings… promote high-quality art in the resort community of Coeur d’Alene…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN MINNESOTA — Doubletake Gallery: “…a fine art consignment and brokerage service gallery …international Internet presence, with millions of hits…open-to-the-public showroom… LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Peter Max…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN NEW JERSEY — Evalyn Dunn Gallery: “It is very rare to find a gallery so successful it is approaching it’s 60th year…features the finest 20th Century American and European art.” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN ALASKA — Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art: “…forty years… commercial regional art by both emerging and mid-career artists, as well as the Northwest’s most famous painters …devotion to the authentic Alaskan landscape…” SEE FULL STORY HERE:
BEST GALLERY IN UTAH — Southam Gallery: “…36 years… one of the premier galleries in the Inter Mountain Region… some of the most beautiful paintings we have ever seen anywhere… “ SEE FULL STORY HERE:
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