HANNIBAL | The Alliance Art Gallery in Hannibal is featuring the work of member artist Kent Brown during July. An open house is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11. A drawing for a piece of Brown's artwork will be at 5:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.
This open house coincides with similar events at the Hannibal Arts Council and Gallery 310.
Being retired and living in a log cabin on a 250-acre family-owned farm gives wood artist Kent Brown an environment to carve wood into art. In high school, with one semester left and all credits complete, he spent three hours a day in wood shop. And when he worked, it was making wood patterns for industrial parts. Wood has been in his blood all his life.
Today, his wood working world spans several venues. He's still a fix-it man. The hospital had him refurbish all the maternity rocking chairs. Friends often call on him to give an assist on construction and repair, and there's the inevitable request for cabinets.
One day a friend asked him to carve her a swan. He did and enjoyed it, so he created a wooden flock. He initially used farm-found wood but today buys 1x12 pine which he glues together and then grinds into shape, either following a pattern he has used and liked, or creating a new pattern. His swans are full-sized and lifelike. He also has a display of hand-carved lures, The smallest items in his wide repertoire are his rings. Whether it's a fish or a bird, a decoy or a lure, a ring or a can opener, Kent looks at the wood and sees art.