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CU to host art exhibit through March 21

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By The Staff

Tennessee artist Ed Taylor, formerly of Campbellsville, will host an exhibit titled "As The Bowl Turns," at Campbellsville University through March 21.

A reception is set for Saturday, March 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Art Gallery, located across from Gosser Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Although Taylor has worked in wood and construction all of his life, his passion for taking wood from "firewood" only began after his retirement. He attended a wood turning demonstration from a professional English wood turner and has been hooked ever since.

"The designs for different bowls, vases, Christmas ornaments, boxes, platters ... just come as I turn the wood on my lathes and see how the patterns in the wood are coming out as I turn," he said.

"The beautiful spalting and different designs come from the wood having lain on the ground, getting wet and starting to get a fungus in the wood. The joy I get as I see the wood that might have been kindling for a fire, turn into something beautiful for someone's home is something I like to share with others," Taylor said.

Taylor said he never cuts a growing tree to acquire wood to turn.

"A lot of wood I get from storm damage reveals surprising grain patterns or hidden beauty created by fungus, insects or stress from severe growing conditions," he said.

"The products are unique and one of a kind," he said.

Taylor, 70, who lives in Antioch, Tenn., graduated from Campbellsville High School in 1956. His wife, Tena, graduated from Taylor County High School in 1962. They have six children, 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three more on the way.

"I enjoy the work and hope that it can bring happiness and beauty to someone else in the process," Taylor said.

For more information about Taylor's art, visit www.asthebowlturns.com.