Coming Soon: Against the Grain!

Coming Soon: Against the Grain!

As the old adage goes, you ought to write what you know. For Doug Frati and Kent Ambler, the thought-process behind the artwork they create is much the same and the two men have quite a bit in common besides their chosen substrate of wood. Both have built truly beautiful lives for themselves, in which they pursue their artistic passions surrounded by lush forests full of wildlife and draw inspiration from the natural scenes around them. “Against the Grain” celebrates the ever-popular work of these two kindred spirits: the striking wood carvings of Doug Frati and the richly layered woodblock prints of Kent Ambler.

Maine native Doug Frati resides on his family homestead in a rural town on the banks of the Sebasticook River. When he returned to the then long-abandoned farm in his adulthood, Doug set to work restoring the place, giving it new life and connecting with his family’s past in the process. The barn that used to house livestock became his studio, imparting some of its soul to each of his creations. His current work is a direct reflection of where and how he lives. Many of his carvings are made of old wood salvaged from antique objects, broken and lost to barns and attics. One of his neighbors even operates a small sawmill, supplying Doug with custom lumber from time to time.

On 12 acres just outside of Greenville, SC, our resident woodblock printer Kent Ambler finds inspiration in the woods and wildlife that surround his home, but also in his beloved animals, his lovely wife, and their beautiful yard. From the time he was a boy, Kent has spent his spare time on artistic pursuits, and there was never any question what he would end up doing with his life. In college, he was introduced to printmaking and discovered an innate feel for the art. Carving a separate block for each of his ink colors, Kent’s lush woodblock prints are built by one layer of color at a time. Once he is finished printing his numbered series, Kent will cut up his woodblocks and create abstract assembles with the pieces.

The show debuts right here on our website at 11AM on Wednesday August 7th, and for one hour the entire collection will be available for previewing before telephone sales begin promptly at 12PM. “Against the Grain” will be on view in the gallery Friday August 9th – Wednesday August 28th.  An evening reception will be held on Friday August 9th from 5-8 PM and both Doug & Kent will be in attendance!

Featuring woodblock prints, relief carvings, carved headboards & chests, and abstract woodblock assemblages, join us in the gallery as celebrate two kindred spirits of our folk art family: Doug Frati & Kent Ambler!