Event Date: April 30, 2014
Waking History with Michael Brolly
CCA presents a two part cultural presentation:
April 30th & May 7th – 7:00pm
McCarthy’s Great Room – 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Ticket price = $10.00 for 2 nights
In 2013, the Carlow Arts Festival invited 20 of the world’s most innovative wood artists to spend a week in the Irish countryside, creating a large scale wooden “Story Wall” based on traditional Irish stone walls. Michael Brolly was one of them, and their hauntingly beautiful, magical ‘stone’ wall is now welcoming visitors to Ireland at Dublin Airport. Michael will share the story, video and images of this inspiring journey with us, and talk about how his own Irish roots have influenced his artistic journey in shows like “The Wild Geese”, and his installation piece “Waking History”, shown at the Irish Arts center in NYC.
Artist Michael Brolly dreamed of building a musical, wooden boat, one that might speak to the Atlantic seas and the whales. His woodworking students at Moravian Academy dreamed of taking that boat across the seas to Ullapool, Scotland, to race her against the best in the St Ayles Skiff World Championships. How they made all of those dreams come true is an amazing tale, one that is still being told. Join us for an evening of stories, music and images, as we journey from the past to the future in a magical, dragon-headed harp-boat called ‘The Sephira’.
Artist’s Talk & Reception- $10 both events
Michael J. Brolly is internationally recognized wood turning artist, and a faculty member at Moravian Academy. Michael creates furniture and complex sculpture that go far beyond the traditional wood turning form. He has been called, "the most unique of the large and growing group of artists who have made wood turning so important." His work has toured and exhibited in numerous one-man and group exhibitions, and has received numerous awards, including “Excellence in Design of the Future” from the Smithsonian.