Addison Center for the Arts to open ‘Artistry in Wood: Sculptures from the Heart’ exhibit on May 22

Addison Center for the Arts recently announced its upcoming exhibition, “Artistry in Wood: Sculptures from the Heart,” a showcase of the art of wood carving.

The exhibit will run from Wednesday, May 22 to Saturday, June 15. They are inviting art enthusiasts of all ages to explore the timeless beauty and intricate craftsmanship of wood sculpture.

Inspired by the age-old tradition of carving, “Artistry in Wood” celebrates the enduring legacy of this ancient art form, echoing the sentiment of a well-known carving quote:

“Carving is an ancient art.

There is little that is new.

Only things that have been forgotten.

And there are no secrets.”

(Unknown author)

With each stroke of the blade, our talented artisans breathe life into wood, revealing its hidden stories and timeless beauty.

The exhibit is proudly presented in collaboration with North Suburban Carvers, a nonprofit group of carving enthusiasts founded in the 1970s.

Committed to promoting the art of carving and contributing to children’s charities, it boasts a diverse membership, including professional carvers, beginners, and everyone in between. With a passion for craftsmanship and a dedication to preserving tradition, members represent a rich tapestry of talent and expertise in the art of wood carving.

“Woodworkers, furniture builders, lathe turners, and artists of all kinds are drawn to the art of carving,” says Paul Gratzke, president of North Suburban Carvers. “Whether they’re curious beginners or seasoned professionals, our members share a common love for the craft and a desire to create something beautiful with their hands. ‘Artistry in Wood ’is a celebration of that passion and creativity, showcasing the diverse styles and talents of our members.”

The gallery display will feature a wide range of carving styles, types of wood, and unique sculptures crafted by North Suburban Carvers members of all ages and skill levels. From intricate relief carvings to whimsical figurines, each piece reflects the heart and soul of its creator, offering a glimpse into the rich experiences that inspire their work.

The highlight of the exhibition will be the opening reception on Friday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the talented artisans behind the artwork, gain insights into their creative process, and immerse themselves in the vibrant world of wood sculpture. Enjoy an evening of art, inspiration, and community.

For more information, contact Addison Center for the Arts at (630) 458-4500 or, or visit

About Addison Center for the Arts:

Addison Center for the Arts is a cultural hub dedicated to fostering creativity, promoting artistic excellence, and enriching Addison and the surrounding communities through the power of the arts. With a diverse range of programs, exhibitions, and events, the center provides a vibrant platform for artists, performers, and art enthusiasts to connect, collaborate, and inspire one another.

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