The Wharton Esherick Museum, 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, recently opened its new exhibition, "Wood In-vase-ives." The juried exhibition features 16 wooden vases selected from more than 40 entries by jurors Lori Arnold, executive director at the Wharton Esherick Museum; Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia; and Erin Feeney, project specialist in horticulture at Longwood Gardens, whose recent work includes the Longwood's Nightscape exhibit.
First place this year went to Seth Rolland from Port Townsend, Wash., with "Poppy Vase." Second place went to James Rosner from Bristol, R.I., with "Bluewater," and third place was awarded to Danny Kamerath from Kerrville, Texas, for "Spalted Maple." The members of the Wharton Esherick Museum voted Ken Burton of New Tripoli the winner of the Members' Choice Award for Burton's vase "Patina." The artists' works, along with those of the other finalists, are on display in the Museum's Visitor Center and will remain there through Thursday, Dec. 31. Many of the pieces are available for purchase.
The Wharton Esherick Museum sponsors the annual competitions to encourage creative thinking and the development of original, imaginative forms for everyday objects. The themes are based on the utilitarian objects to which Wharton applied his unique sense of design and craftsmanship. This was the 22nd year of the competition.
The exhibition is included with the Wharton Esherick Studio tour. The Visitor Center is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours of the museum are also available during those times, but reservations are required. To make museum tour reservations, readers may call the museum at 610-644-5822 or visit http://www.whartonesherickmuseum.org.