Arts on the Green

Ohio woodturner takes
“Best of Show” in juried art exhibit

Nieviadomski’s urn
was unanimous choice
amongst show judges

By Helen McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2009) – Tim Niewiadomski was introduced to woodworking by his grandfather at a young age. The fascination of creating something with his own two hands out of an inanimate object turned into a deep passion for woodturning that he still harbors today, often fashioning breathtakingly beautiful artwork.

Tim Niewviadomski

Photo provided

Akron, Ohio, resident Tim
Niewviadomski took “Best of Show”
with his woodturning, “Eyes of Jade,”
made by hand from jade inserts.

Niewiadomski, 50, on June 6 took “Best of Show” in the Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Show in La Grange, Ky. Not having any formal artistic training, he credits the many hours spent tinkering in his grandfather’s workshop as the impetus to create his own one-of-a-kind wooden artwork.
“I use a technique called segmented wood turning,” said Akron, Ohio, resident Niewiadomski. “Numerous individual pieces of wood are cut and precisely fitted together to create each piece of art. This allows the ability to create intricate designs within each piece of art using various wood species and semi-precious stones that enhance the natural colors, grains and textures of wood.”
Niewiadomski grew up in Denver, moving to Harperwoods, Mich., in his late 20s. Because of his employment in the pharmaceutical industry, he then moved to Indianapolis before finally settling in Akron.
While still employed in the pharmaceutical industry, Niewiadomski said that his continued interest in woodworking helped him to “relieve stress at the end of the day.” He operates Studio by Ski from his home.
Using a variety of wood types in his artwork keeps the designs unique and fresh. Niewiadomski finds that he is always intrigued by discovering the figured grains that are exposed when cutting into a large block of wood, one of the joys of working with wood for him. Many design patterns can be formed when combining different species and colors of woods into a single piece of artwork.
“I like combining domestic woods with exotic woods to create interesting designs,” he said. This was the first year Niewiadomski participated in the juried Arts on the Green.
“His carved and inlaid wooden “urn” was a unanimous choice by five judges,” said Arts on the Green event director Marion Gibson. Arts on the Green is sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County.
First place winners were chosen in nine categories. In addition to Niewiadomski, other winners were: Beverly Morfeld of Louisville (Paintings/Drawings); Bill Noel of Louisville (Photography); Yu-Chuan Liu of Louisville (Fiber); Marianne Brown of Lawrenceburg, Ky. (Ceramics); Neal Morris of La Grange (3-D); Tom Kinney of Westport, Ky. (Jewelry); Ben Bridwell of Pewee Valley, Ky. (Sculpture); Rita Wooden of Elizabethtown, Ky. (Mixed Media).
Although the majority of artists were from the local area, artists like Niewiadomski were willing to devote time and expense to travel to participate in this juried event. Booth space sold out early due to the event’s ever-growing popularity.
“It was a fabulous show,” said Gibson. “Even much better attended than last year.”
She credits the events popularity to word-of-mouth exposure. “Many people commented on the quality and diversity of work this year, since we had more wood, metal and leather artists,” Gibson said.
Artists like Niewiadomski would have to agree. “Arts on the Green has been one of the best shows I have attended to date,” he said. “The venue is unsurpassed on the Courthouse lawn, the staff and people are very friendly, and the artists all supportive and friendly.”
This is Niewiadomski’s third year of participating in art shows. He plans to travel to Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania later this year.
A positive comment many artists make about Arts on the Green echoes Niewiadomski’s comment, “The atmosphere was relaxed which allowed me the opportunity to connect with customers.”

• For more information on Tim Niewiadomski’s artwork, visit www.Studio-BySki.com.

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