Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Works by Don Lindsley, trees and rocks united again, creatively

Don Lindsley at his studio
Don Lindsley, wood turner from East Setauket, has his father to thank for two of his major interests - science and working with wood.

Don's scientific path took interesting turns. It was obvious to him that he would follow his father's steps and become a scientist, a physicist, as a matter of fact. During one of their many walks through woods, father and son decided not only to enjoy the outdoors but also to learn more about it.
Bowl by Don Lindsley,
black walnut and malachine
They divided the expert areas - father was to cover trees and flowers, son to contribute information about rocks. For Don a new, fascinating world opened - he majored in geology at Princeton and obtained a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He has now retired from a Geosciences Chair at the Stony Brook University.

Lindsleyite, a mineral named
after Don Lindsley
Don's contributions to geosciences was recognized by having a mineral, Lindsleyite, named after him in the early 1980s. It was discovered by his postdoctoral student in South Africa, then went through a rigorous review by an international body of scientists. A few rare samples of Lindsleyite are housed at The Smithsonian, British Museum, and American Museum of Natural History among others.

Don's father, an amateur wood turner and furniture maker in the times of Depression, carved a small bowl from a limb of a walnut tree and then challenged Don to carve a matching bowl from the other half of the limb. Don did. Both bowls are still amongst Don's cherished possessions, with their rich dark walnut color and a smooth surface intact.

Vase by Don Lindsley,
cherry and malachine
Don inherited his father's lathe, let is sit unattended for some time, then dusted if off while searching for a creative outlet during a stressful period in his otherwise fulfilling professional life. He started from basics, learned by trial and error, developed his own technique, benefited from the expert advice of his fellow wood turners at the Long Island Woodturners Association. Don, as a rule, uses wood from Long Island trees, some felled withing a stone throw from his studio. He likes turning green.

Bowl by Don Lindsley,
cherry and malachite
Bowl by Don Lindsley,
black locust

While visiting Santa Fe he was inspired by a wood carver who inserted turquoise into the wood. Don tried to work turquoise into his own pieces, but found it too hard. Instead he picked two close chemical brothers - green malachite and dark blue azurite, for his works. Don crashes the minerals (it breaks his geologist's heart to do so), binds them with an adhesive and inserts them into the crevices. He also uses fossilized coral, particularly on pieces turned from box elder, to merry the pink / salmon hues of both. The striking appearance of colorful stone on wood makes Don's art stand out.

Azurite stoneGround azurite and malachite
Bowl by Don Lindsley,
patches of green malachite
in a large cherry bowl
Bowl by Don Lindsley,
azurite inserted into
a bowl made of American beech

He does not carve or varnish his pieces, he likes the wood to shine through. All Don's pieces are covered with a thin layer of a food-safe finish. More on Don's work can be found on his website The Well Turned Bowl. We invite you for a tour of the artist's workshop.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Show the Love Art Contest - Award Ceremony

Thank you Contest Participants, Thank you Judges, Thank you Winners, Thank you Guests!

We have tallied the Popular Votes and the awards go to Julieann Smith in Adult Section and Kelley Marco in Young Adult section. Congratulations!

Photos from today's Award Ceremony:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine's Day Contest - Winners Are Announced

"To you my heart I must resign \ O choose me for your Valentine!" wrote Lt. Col. Simcoe to Sally Townsend in 1779, in the first recorded Valentine in America. We did not have to refer to heart only to help us select winners of our "Show the Love Valentine's Day Art Competition".

The esteemed jury of three Long Island artists: photographer Alan Henriksen, painter Susie Gach Peelle, and wood turner Harry Wicks met at Think Long Island First today to judge the contest entries, on creativity and execution.

Judges at work.
From left: Susie Gach Peelle,
Harry Wicks, Alan Henriksen
Judges tallying scores.
From left: Alan Henriksen,
Susie Gach Peelle, Harry Wicks

And the winners are:
In Adult section
1st Place - Don Dailey
for Hearts and Vines, cherry wood carved love spoon

2nd Place - Anne Breitstein
for October Evening, West Neck Beach, watercolor

3rd Place - Sue Adler
for Happy Hearts, ceramic

In Young Adult section
1st Place - Kelley Marco
for Time Line of Love, ink and acrylic

Don Dailey
Hearts and Vines
1st Place
Adult Section
Kelley Marco
Life Line of Love
1st Place
Young Adult Section

Anne Breitstein
October Evening, West Neck Beach
2nd Place
Adult Section
Sue Adler
Happy Hearts
3rd Place
Adult Section

We still have Popular Vote Awards to choose, so please stop by the store between Friday and Saturday and cast your vote.

Award ceremony takes place at Think Long Island First at 36 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY, on Sunday, February 12th between 2-3 pm.

Thank you to All Contestants for participation and congratulations to the winners!

"Show the Love Valentine Competition" coincides with the first annual Valentine's Fair in Oyster Bay, Celebrating America's First Valentine, and all things love..., organized by Raynham Hall Museum, Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, and a group of other local businesses. Please see a list of all the festivities taking place in town during the Valentine's Day weekend.