|Most of the education programs for Turning Wood Into Art are scheduled to occur on site at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design. This website and an exciting hands-on component are featured in the museum's Peggy and Bob Culbertson Education Resource Center. Artists represented in the Mason Collection were invited to donate an object to a hands-on study collection, which will give museum visitors an opportunity to interact with wood objects in various stages of completion.
Additionally, with the assistance of the local chapters of the American Association of Woodturners, three local high schools have experienced woodturning demonstrations in their art classrooms. Excerpts from these demos will be available on the website during the summer.
Turning Wood Into Art runs from May 20 until October 8. The Collectors of Wood Art hold their annual meeting in Charlotte from May 19-21, to honor the Masons and to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. In conjunction with this meeting, the museum will offer live woodturning demonstrations on its adjacent parking lot at 6th and Tryon Streets on May 20 from 10 am until 2:30 pm for the general public to enjoy.
The American Association of Woodturners will hold its annual meeting in Charlotte, as well, from June 30-July 2 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Woodturning demonstrations and lectures are a focal point of the meeting, as are displays of finished works.
If you would like to learn more about the programs offered around Turning Wood Into Art, contact Mary Beth Crawford at 704-337-2050.