UW-S hosts ‘Wood Collages’ art exhibit

The University of Wisconsin- Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery invites the community to visit the campus for the latest Fine Arts Gallery art exhibition, “Wood Collages,” by local Sheboygan artist Bill Yoho. A special opening reception is planned for Thursday, August 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show runs through August 28.

Bill Yoho has worked with his hands his entire life: a master plumber by trade, woodworker, amateur landscaper, builder of stone walls, and avid gardener. He fills his home with furniture his family refers to as "Frankensteins," pieces crafted of reclaimed and repurposed wood interspersed with bits of new. Roadsides, dumpsters, leftovers, and the cast-offs of friends are his source materials.

Passionate about wood, sensitive to the philosophy of re-purpose and re-use, Bill draws his inspiration from craftspeople of old, furniture makers, quilt makers, and assemblage artists like Bernard Langlais, Louise Nevelson, and Mary Nohl.

Today, he handcrafts both furniture and wall art of found wood, re-used to create something new, beautiful, and useful. A passion for wood, skilled hands, and an eye for beauty come together as old becomes new, color emerges, and a stunning piece of art is the result. Each has a history; each tells its own story.

The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about the show or UW-Sheboygan's Fine Arts Gallery, contact Gallery Director Dan Smith at dan.smith@uwc.edu

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