As you read this, you’re probably sitting in a chair. Practical, functional, and – when designed by the right hands - a work of art. From the tree to you. That’s the way it’s been done since pre-Civil War days by Newberry & Sons, a family of chairmakers from Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee.
The Newberrys are really a classic example of survival of a traditional craft from the
South in the 19th Century, and there are fewer and fewer examples of that kind of
cultural treasure left in America. – Dr. Robert Cogswell, director of Folklife, TN Arts Commission
Whether building chairs, rockers, or stools - made of oak, walnut, maple or cherry - Newberry & Sons craft old-fashioned products for a modern world, and represent a long family tradition. They are now five generations into chairmaking, cutting their own timber and hauling it to a 1930s diesel-powered sawmill where wood is meticulously cut, shaped, wedged and woven into a sturdy seat.
As you’re making the chair, you want everything to be there. Two or three
Hundred years down the road, they can look back and say, “That’s a Newberry Chair.” We want them made right.
– Terry Newberry, 5th generation chair craftsman
If you’re thinking about upgrading that chair you’re sitting in, now you know where to
go... www.newberryandsonschairs.com, where you can order a handmade chair online.
When you make something in clay or stone or wood and it suddenly seems
to wake up and come alive, that’s the mystery. It’s sort of a trick, it’s a magic trick,
but it also has a deeper side to it which is animating an inanimate material.
– Alan LeQuire - sculptor
As creator, as magician, the art of the artist is to take something simple and transform it into something different,
something more… something extraordinary. That’s what famed Nashville sculptor, Alan LeQuire, has been doing for
decades on scales ranging from miniature to monumental. The large, jubilant figures of his Musica explode from the earth
in Nashville’s renowned Music Row district. The breath-taking piece, Athena Parthenos, which took him almost 20 years
to complete, resides in Music City’s Parthenon as the largest indoor statue in the western world. Both enormous works
have much in common with Alan’s smaller pieces in that the human body is the centerpiece.
The human body is an endless source of inspiration. It’s the one subject that
everyone responds to, one way or the other. I feel connected to the entire
history of art-making in our culture when I use the human figure as the subject,
because it’s the oldest and most commonly used subject. – Alan LeQuire
Alan’s passionate involvement with the artistry of the body no doubt began in childhood, with a mother who was an artist,
and a father who was a physician. With gifts both inherited and learned, Alan now passes along his skills in workshops he
frequently hosts in his Nashville studio.
I think that sculpture like any other creative endeavor is a constant striving for perfection.
… I'll probably never get there. But I'll keep trying. – Alan LeQuire
You can find out more about the works of Alan LeQuire at www.alanlequire.com.