Tuesday, May 19, 2015


In an exhibit entitled “Water Effects,” historic Bear's Mill will host a display of photographs by Maury Wyckoff featuring water along with driftwood sculptures created by Blair Brubaker from May 28 through July 12 in the newly-named Clark Gallery. A reception for the artists will take place on Friday, May 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.; the artists will speak briefly about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. This reception offering appetizers, wine and punch is free and open to the public.

“Bear's Mill represents not only our community's cultural heritage through its historical importance, but with its verdant wooded setting on the scenic Greenville Creek, also our natural heritage of environmental significance. These fantastic photographs of water in its various forms and the evocative forms crafted from reclaimed driftwood not only reinforce the spirit of the mill, but will also please and inspire those who view this excellent work,” said Marti Goetz, Executive Director of Friends of Bear's Mill.

A trained architect, Maury Wyckoff's day job is Chief Building Officer for Montgomery County; however, the Rockville, Maryland native turns an artist's eye to capturing on camera the visual rhythms and nuances he encounters in his work life, as evidenced by his ability to visually reproduce water, wind and sky. He has been taking pictures for decades, but has found that his ability to now print digitally has increased the quality of his photographs. Water has been a recurring theme throughout his life; Wyckoff served as one of those working as a flood plain administrator following Hurricane Katrina where he marveled at the majesty amid the tragedy revealed by the effects of light on the water.

Troy resident Blair Brubaker has gathered stones and pieces of wood for decades; his appreciation for the work of wind and waves is reflected in his artwork. The Troy resident sands, grinds, and “cleans up” the driftwood or other pieces of wood he finds in natural settings, inserts a stone or mineral, and then mounts it on a base, keeping the decorative piece as natural as possible. Brubaker says that the question of whether his work is that of an artist or a scavenger is open for debate, but that he believes you can seldom improve upon what nature creates. He was a featured subject on PBS's The American Woodshop several years ago.

“Art at the Mill” exhibits are on view at the Clark Gallery during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Sundays. Historic Bear's Mill is owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.

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