Woodturning exhibition opens at Museum Center
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“Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop” exhibit at Museum Center at Five Points opens to public Friday.
“Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop” exhibit at Museum Center at Five Points opens to public Friday.
The Museum Center at Five Points is opening its newest exhibition, “Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop,” on Thursday at 6 p.m. for a members-only opening reception.

Matt Moulthrop will be on hand to present his latest work and describe to members how Moulthrop’s iconic pieces are created.

The exhibition opens to the general public on Friday.

The Moulthrops are innovators in the art of woodturning, creating large-scale pieces encased in a glasslike finish, allowing viewers to examine every nuance of the raw material used to create them. Their work can be found in major museum collections all over the country.

Matt learned the art by working with his father Philip and his grandfather Ed — both known as pioneers in the woodworking community for their new designs and concepts.

“We are delighted to be able to show these beautiful works of art at the Museum,” stated Lisa Chastain, curator of Collections. “Matt’s work is unique and each piece tells a singular story of life.”

The exhibition will feature more than 30 individual works of art from collectors all over the region. Each work is unique in its size, shape and tree species.

“I’ve been a fan of Matt’s work for a long time, and I’m glad we can bring an artist of his caliber to Cleveland to show the many shapes and forms that can be created with wood,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar.

“It’s an amazing thing to see how a material we see every day become shaped into something as exquisite as these turned vessels.”

The Museum Center at Five Points will also feature over a dozen works created by local woodturners.

The art of turning wood as a traditional trade was used to create furniture and functional bowls for storage. Works from the Moulthrop family and from regional contributors blur the line between form and function to create truly unique objects.

This exhibition is made possible by sponsorship from the Bank of Cleveland.

“Bank of Cleveland is proud to support the work that the museum does to make history and culture come alive in our community,” said Bank of Cleveland Chairman and CEO Scott Taylor. “Matt’s work transcends the art of woodturning, and I’m glad that we can be a part of this exhibit.”

The exhibition will open on Thursday for its members-only event. The artist will give a lecture on the creation of his works, as well as a book signing.

The exhibit will run through Nov. 15.