RiverBrink Art Museum continues to spotlight and celebrate the talents of Niagara artists by hosting wood turner Thomas Hurst as he demonstrates his craft at the museum on Saturday, February 23, between 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Admission to the museum and its exhibitions are free on that day. Refreshments will be available during the demonstration.
Thomas Hurst started wood turning at the age of 57 in Kamloops B.C. He has worked with world renowned turner Richard Raffan and Jean-Francois Escoulen (off center turning) a well-known turner from France. Among the several events that he has participated in, is an invitation to join Spruce Meadows to do demo turning in 2001, and to judge at the Arts Fair and Arts Competition in 2002. In 2003 he resettled in Ontario, in Port Colborne, where he makes Wood Turned Treasures for display in local Galleries for others to enjoy.
Thomas Hurst will be turning his finely crafted treasures on February 23. He has selected to make his small lidded boxes which can be taken from start to finish during the afternoon. Visitors are invited to watch the demonstration, enjoy a refreshment, and speak with Thomas as he works.
Mr. Hurst’s work can be found in RiverBrink Art Museum’s gift shop which features a large selection of gifts made by Niagara artists and artisans. Located at the museum entrance, the Gift Shop acts as a revenue generator for the museum and a creative venue for Niagara painters and artisans. All funds generated by the Gift Shop directly support the development of the museum, its programs and exhibitions. The shop is open to the public through the winter, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.