The Wharton Esherick Museum presents Poplar Culture: the Celebration of a Tree, May 21-June 10, 2012 at Historic Yellow Springs. The show features the work of more than 40 contemporary woodworkers honoring Wharton Esherick with pieces crafted from a single tulip poplar tree that stood outside Esherick’s studio door.
Participating artists include Mira Nakashima, Mark Sfirri, David Ellsworth, Alphonse Mattia, David Ebner, Holly Tornheim, Norm Sartorius, Jack Larimore, and Jasper Brinton. Click to see the full list of artists.
The Wharton Esherick Museum challenged the artists to create works that "honor the tree. The works produced vary from furniture, woodblock prints, ceramics to sculpture. All the artwork is available to purchase during the show, and proceeds from the sales benefit the Wharton Esherick Museum and Historic Yellow Springs.
This exhibition is sponsored by the David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust, Hearne Hardwoods, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Moderne Gallery, Schiffer Books, Rago Arts and Auction Center, Paoli Print, Naturescapes Landscaping, Ltd., The Artful Framer, Chester County Historical Society, Preservation Tree, Victory Brewing Company, The Satell Center for Executive Education and Fleur Bresler .