In honor of the willow oak tree that graced the lawn of the historic Ware – Lyndon House for over a century, this exhibit features works created with and inspired by the tree. Each of the participating artists received reclaimed wood from the tree to incorporate into a work of art.
A huge willow oak tree was sentinel and a beacon to all who visited the Lyndon House Arts Center since its’ establishment in 1976. The tree reached the end of its life after an estimated 150 years, and had to be removed from the property in 2016. Oneta Woodworks, a local business known for sustainably sourcing their materials, housed large pieces of the salvaged tree trunk at their mill facility for three years. Now 14 outstanding artists have repurposed and included the wood in art objects. Their work expresses some of their own thoughts and feelings about the iconic tree, the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens community.
Artists included in the Willow Oak Tree Exhibit are Peter Bull, Tad Gloekler, Walt Groover, Cal Logue, Reid McCallister, Larry Millard, Duane Paxson, Leonard Piha, Richard Shrader, Jim Talley, Abraham Tesser, Jim Underwood, Martijn van Wagtendonk and Tom Wenzka.
A publication will accompany this exhibition.
Support for the Willow Oak Tree Exhibit comes from Lisa Douglas of Hedgerow Farms and Todd Emily.
Additional support comes from Rodney L. Chandler of Smith Adcock, Abraham Tesser, Chris Caldwell of Highland Trust Partners, John and Tricia Lyndon, Kathy Prescott and Grady Thrasher.
Pictured: Heritage Willow Oak wood prepared at Oneta Woodworks with Zack Brendel. Ready for pick up by wood turners!