BETHEL – Wood turnings by local artist Bob Keniston will be on display in the James B. Owen Art Gallery on the Gould Academy campus from Friday, April 8, through the first week of May. Bethel residents are invited to an opening reception at the gallery at 7 p.m. April 8.

After his retirement from a local mill in 1984, Keniston began pursuing his second career working on the lathe in his basement to create plates, bowls, vases, and other useful and decorative items made of wood. He uses a variety of wood, from solid pieces of bird’s-eye and curly maple to exotic hardwoods.

On some pieces he glues several pieces of dark and light colored woods together, creating unique patterns in the finished plate, bowl, or vase. For the past 12 years, Keniston has shown and sold his work at the Fryeburg Fair.

Keniston graduated from Gould in the class of 1938 before attending the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering.

The exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment. There is no charge for admission. For information phone (207) 824-7700.

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