A Taste for Spoons from the Collection of Nora B. and Norman D. Stevens
August 18 - November 4, 2012
Wood carvers from around the world take one of the world’s oldest, most essential, everyday tools—the spoon—and create sculptural masterpieces of decorative art. A Taste for Spoons from the Collection of Nora and Norman Stevens features 90 of the nearly 300 nine inch spoons. Started by Norman Stevens back in 2005, this distinctive collection of 9 inch, carved wooden spoons has an exciting range of designs from the more traditional spoon shapes of neck and bowl-to spoons shaped like bullfrogs, faces, strawberries, eagles, and hearts. The exhibition highlights the various carving techniques, styles, and interests of a variety of wood carvers from almost every US state, several Canadian provinces, as well as 28 countries including Australia, Great Britain, Romania, and Sweden. This collection also represents a stunning spectrum of wood species like ash, English boxwood, lilac, mesquite, persimmon, plum, sycamore, and many unusual woods.