May 9 – June 19, 2022 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is pleased to feature works by this year’s Spring Pentaculum Studio Coordinators. Works by artists Ashton Ludden, Joetta Maue, Leah Woods, Mark Errol, and author Katey Schultz greet visitors as they enter the Turner building on Arrowmont’s campus. This colorful exhibition represents the spectrum of work created in a variety of media supported in the studios at here at Arrowmont.
Ashton Ludden is an artist and educator with specialization in hand-engraving, printmaking, sign painting, and murals. She received her BFA in Engraving Arts and Printmaking from Emporia State University in 2009, and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee in 2013.
She is the co-founder and an active artist of Relay Ridge Collaborative Artist Space, and a teacher of printmaking at Knoxville’s Community School of the Arts.
Ludden is the current 2D Coordinator for the Spring Pentaculum Artist Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. You can see more of her work at ashtonludden.com
Joetta Maue’s work has been exhibited with galleries and museums nationally & internationally and she has been an invited lecturer and/or instructor at numerous esteemed institutions.
Her work and critical writing have been featured in numerous books and journals including Indie Craft, PUSH Stitchery, Fiber Arts Now Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and the Surface Design Association Journal. Maue is a Lecturer at Northeastern University and Massachusetts College of Art and an invited instructor at a number of programs and institutions across the country.
She is the Fibers Coordinator for Spring Pentaculum. You can see more of her work at www.joettamaue.com
Located in Tifton, Georgia, Mark Errol is an artist, potter, educator. He received his MFA in 2014 from Georgia State University where he was the recipient of the Ernest G. Welch Fellowship. Errol is also the co-owner of Plough Gallery in Tifton, Georgia which specializes in contemporary fine craft and art.
His personal art is primarily wheel thrown and functional ceramics, but he also works with textiles, printmaking and painting to make work that looks at the idea of home and the concept of ownership. His work and gallery have been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter and other regional periodicals.
Mark is the Spring Pentaculum coordinator for Ceramics. Visit www.marksmud.com to see more of his work and Plough Gallery.
Leah Woods is an artist working primarily with wood building functional and non-functional objects. Having received her MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000, she designed and built one-of-a-kind furniture before transitioning to explore conceptual and sculptural objects. Over the years, she has built several bodies of work including: A Personal Wardrobe-Cabinets investigating clothing and the female form, Footloose- A Series of Cabinets for High-Heeled Shoes, Structure- An investigation of Mannequins and Dress Forms, and most recently, Navigation- An exploration of autobiographical maps.
Leah is one of three women, along with Lynn Szymanski and Mary McLaughlin spearheading a new woodworking program at the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women, in Concord. She was scheduled to teach her first in-person class on March 18, 2020, before Covid-19 put everything on hold. The program has since pivoted to online but classes will begin/resume as soon as it is safe for everyone involved.
Leah is also an Associate Professor of Art at University of New Hampshire where she teaches woodworking and furniture design classes. She is the Wood coordinator for Spring Pentaculum. Visit www.leahkwoods.com to learn more about her work.
Serving as the coordinator for the Spring Pentaculum Writers, Katey Schultz is an author and teacher trying to make sense of the world through her stories and essays. She has three of her current publications on view in the gallery: Still Come Home; Flashes of War; and Lost Crossings: A Contemplative Look at Western North Carolina’s Historic Swinging Footbridges, a collaboration with photographer Shane Darwent. All three can be purchased in the Arrowmont Supply Store. You can learn more about her and her writings at kateyschultz.com.