Saturday, February 24

Hirdie Girdie Gallery showcases John Beall, Terry Lynn Spry

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The Hirdie Gallery welcomes new member John Beall, woodturner. John is a retired educator with a lifelong interest in working with wood. He is now focusing on the art of woodturning, and enjoys creating pieces with a technique called segmented woodturning. One style of this technique is a complex process known as basket illusion woodturning.

John Beall

A basic design and pattern is first drawn on graph paper. Then wood segments are cut and glued in rings to form the shape of the piece. The rings are turned on a lathe into the shape of the design and horizontal beads are turned into the piece. A woodburning tool is used to form thousands of individual small beads along vertical guide lines, and all the beads are then painted with India ink to mirror the original design. The result is a wood turned piece that gives the illusion of being a woven basket.
The gallery’s December guest artist is Terry Lynn Spry, who is well known in Southwest Florida for her award-winning oil paintings. Terry Lynn is a graduate of the Phoenix Institute of Technology and has exhibited nationally as well as locally. Her passion in life is creating art, especially paintings that tell stories. Her subject matter is varied, including landscapes, seascapes, animals, and portraits, sometimes with a touch of whimsy. Terry Lynn has been teaching at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers for over 20 years, and appreciates the bond of creativity she shares with her students.
A reception featuring John Beall’s fascinating woodturnings and Terry Lynn Spry’s “Love Affair” exhibit will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. Refreshments will be served, and live music will be provided by Bob Housler at the keyboard.
Hirdie Girdie is participating with next door neighbor Tower Gallery for this reception, so everyone is invited to visit both galleries as the perfect start to the holiday season.
Hirdie Girdie is located at 2490 Library Way on Sanibel. For more info, call 239-395-0027 or visit


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