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October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Dr. Doyle Howitt: Wood Wizard
Wednesday, October 23 • 2:00 p.m.
Self-taught artist Doyle Howitt felt a connection with the energy and beauty of natural wood from an early age. His expert wood turning skills are a labor of love, working with brilliantly colored exotic wood in this manner is a process that involves years to complete one piece.
After the initial turning on the lathe, recently cut green wood can take up to three years to dry out before it is stable enough for final shaping. The wood is then finished by applying many layers of old-world paste wax. It is an approach to making objects that requires a masterful consummate understanding of a laborious, unique, and exquisite material.
Dr. Doyle Howitt graduated from the Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney with a degree in business administration and communications in 1956. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked as a school principal, and school superintendent, before returning to the now Kearney State College (renamed the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1991) to become the Director of Housing from 1965-1972. Further positions at UNK included the Director of the Elderhostel Program.
Presented In conjunction with the exhibition Compelled to Tell: Contrast, October 1 – January 26, 2020