Woodturning Exhibition Opens At Museum Center

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Museum Center at 5ive Points is opening their newest exhibition, Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop next Thursday at 6 p.m. for a members-only opening reception. Matt Moulthrop will be on hand to present his latest work and describe to members how the Moulthrop’s iconic pieces are created. The exhibition opens to the general public on Aug. 29.

"The Moulthrops are innovators in the art of woodturning, creating large-scale pieces encased in a glass like finish, allowing viewers to examine every nuance of the raw material used to create them.

Their work can be found in major museum collections all over the country. Matt learned the art by working with his father, Philip, and his grandfather, Ed - both known as pioneers in the woodworking community for their new designs and concepts," officials said.

“We are delighted to be able to show these beautiful works of art at the Museum,” states Lisa Chastain, curator of Collections. “Matt’s work is unique and each piece tells a singular story of life.”

The exhibition will feature over 30 individual works of art from collectors all over the region. Each work is unique in its size, shape and tree species.

“I’ve been a fan of Matt’s work for a long time and I’m glad we can bring an artist of his caliber to Cleveland to show the many shapes and forms that can be created with wood,” says Executive Director, Hassan Najjar. “It’s an amazing thing to see how a material we see everyday becomes shaped into something as exquisite as these turned vessels.”

The Museum Center at 5ive Points will also feature over a dozen works created by local woodturners. The art of turning wood as a traditional trade was used to create furniture and functional bowls for storage. "Works from the Moulthrop family and from regional contributors blur the line between form and function to create truly unique objects," officials said.

This exhibition is made possible by sponsorship from the Bank of Cleveland. “Bank of Cleveland is proud to support the work that the Museum does to make history and culture alive in our community,” said Bank of Cleveland Chairman and CEO, Scott Taylor. “Matt’s work transcends the art of woodturning and I’m glad that we can be apart of this exhibit.” 

The exhibition will open on Aug. 28 for its members-only event. The artist will give a lecture on the creation of his works, as well as a book signing. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday and run through Saturday, Nov. 15. More information including information on membership can be found on www.museumcenter.org.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.


Several Special Event Street Closures Scheduled For This Weekend

Thursday, April 27: Tennessee Aquarium 25th Anniversary Celebration : No road closures, but on April 27, the Aquarium will toast the many achievements of its first 25 years during Spring!, a one-of-a-kind dinner and social gathering taking place on the Walnut Street Bridge. This unique locale offers attendees a symbolic perspective on the vibrant development the Aquarium was ... (click for more)

Sarah Aligo Joins Chattanooga Area Food Bank As Director Of Development

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank (Food Bank) announced the hiring of Sarah Aligo as Director of Development, effective April 10. Ms. Aligo will oversee fundraising and community engagement efforts in an overall effort to build strong and lasting strategic partnerships that will eliminate hunger and promote better nutrition for our region’s most vulnerable friends and neighbors. ... (click for more)

City Vows Lincoln Park To Be Preserved Despite Major Road, Sewer Projects

City officials vowed on Tuesday that Lincoln Park will be preserved despite a major road extension and sewer relocation planned nearby. Maura Sullivan, the city's chief operating officer, said the Trust for Public Land will hold public meetings geared around ideas for refurbishing the African-American park that once featured ball fields, a swimming pool and other attractions. ... (click for more)

Teen Shot At Brainerd Tunnel; Gunshot Came From Passing Vehicle

A teen was shot in the Brainerd Tunnel on Tuesday afternoon. He was identified as Adrian Williams, 19.   Chattanooga Police responded at 3:16 p.m. to a shots fired call at the 2600 block of Bailey Avenue (the tunnel).   At the same time officers were arriving on the scene, the victim walked into a local hospital suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot ... (click for more)

Don't Clog Up The Last Remaining Semi-Unobstructed Route Into Town From North Of The River

The proposal to turn Hixson Pike in Riverview into a more pedestrian friendly street is more than absurd.   Let's be honest. This is the last semi-unobstructed route into town from north of the river, due to I-27 construction and the bike lane/parking lot that is North Market Street.  So, now the businesses in Riverview would like parking on this main artery? ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A One-Sided Opportunity

State education commissioner Candace McQueen has apparently fallen and hit her head. She most certainly needs to be examined after she came to Chattanooga on Monday and told the Times-Free Press about an exciting “partnership.” Are you kidding me? Despite the newspaper’s editors actually touting the venture as “promising,” the lady is clearly dancing by herself. With her Achievement ... (click for more)