Stories in Wood: The Marquetry Art of James Macdonald art show opened Thursday at Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St. in Bath.
The show will run through Oct. 1 with a gallery reception planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and a free artist talk at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Macdonald, an artist, luthier, and musician based in Burnham, builds electric solid body guitars featuring hand cut marquetry art. The artist will discuss his crafting methods and the inspiration that guides his work at the free artist talk.

Using a combination of handwork and machines very similar to the methods used in the 1950s, he is creating guitars that preserve the best of the past, while using the instrument as a canvas to create narrative based artwork using thin wood veneers from around the world as his palette.

The arts center will host an open house event with the artists. The event will take place partly outdoors, with light refreshments served. The event is free to attend, but guests must register in advance to get tickets for the open house event only.

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