Michael Bauermeister, a wood sculptor from of Augusta, Mo., is the featured artist in the next exhibit in the Mildred Cox Gallery at William Woods University. The exhibit will run Oct. 1-31, with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and a reception to follow until 6 p.m.
Bauermeister has been carving wood for most of his life. He made furniture until he decided to switch from functional to solely decorative art some 20 years ago. His decision has no doubt paid off. He has received quite a bit of attention; most recently being featured in the June issue of American Craft magazine.
He works with wood he acquires from an “urban logger” in St. Louis. This source distributes wood retrieved from places like city parks or landscaping projects that would otherwise be dumped in landfills.
Because of this, Bauermeister works with a great variety in the species of wood, much of which is slow growing. A major type he uses is linden wood.
Bauermeister creates tall vessels, wall pieces and sculptures and strives to recapture natural shapes and spaces intuitively. He works on a large scale, with some vessels reaching five and a half feet tall.
He incorporates a large amount of color, as well as texture, in his carving as he paints most of his pieces. The body of work on display in the Mildred Cox Gallery spans about 20 years of work, he said.
Oct. 31, Kemper Kids Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, a Halloween Fiesta, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (free event for children and their families; candy, cookies, Mexican folk crafts and photos with Diego the skeleton).
Nov. 7-Dec. 12, Fine Arts Faculty Show, Reception at 4:30–6 p.m. Nov. 7.
Nov. 30, Kemper Kids Celebrate Christmas at the Woods; A Cox Gallery and William Woods T.A.G. collaborative event. During “Holidays Around the World,” children will create presents, play games and celebrate the season with holiday traditions from around the world. This seasonal day camp for children ages 5-12 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30 (lunch and art materials provided).
Jan. 13-31, Emerging Talent High School Show. Awards ceremony and reception at 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Show open to all high school students, who may submit artwork Jan. 9–11.
Feb. 6-March 5, The Fine Arts of Vesna Delevska. Opening reception and gallery talk from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
March 13-April 12, Senior Show, TBA
April 18-June 20, Annual Alumni Art Show – The Fine Art of Sarah Williams, class of 2004. Artist’s reception at 1-2 p.m. April 26, during Alumni Weekend.
The Mildred M. Cox Gallery is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.