With & Against the Grain
January 9 - February 17, 2018
OFTA Gallery Talk 10am Wednesday, January 10
Opening Reception 5-7pm Friday, January 12
10-11:30am & 11:30am-1pm Saturday, January 13
Doc, Dr. Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD is a landlocked Midwesterner who grew up to be a marine paleo-ecologist. For the past 25 years, he has taught Geology and Biology while directing the Environmental Science Programs at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to that, he was the chair of the Department of Geology at Monmouth College. His 35-year research interests center on the world’s third largest barrier reef complex off Andros, an island in the Bahamas. Wiedman focuses on assessing the health of coral reefs. A self-taught wood carver since 1980, he has developed his folk art style depicting a unique perspective on nature and strives to show motion and emotion in each of his pieces.
He often demonstrates traditional mallet and gouge style wood carving at various festivals, using mostly nineteenth and early twentieth century tools. He is semi-retired from teaching, but still leads student field studies trips all over the United States.
Claire Elyce Wiedman is a photographic artist and educator. A Midwesterner at heart, Wiedman was born in Monmouth, Illinois. She earned two bachelor of arts degrees and a master of arts degree from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before moving to Columbus, Ohio where she earned a master of fine arts from Columbus College of Art & Design. Wiedman still lives in Columbus and she shares her love of photography with students enrolled at CCAD, Ohio State University, and Capital University. Wiedman's work is based in both film and digital photography, often with an installation twist—it centers around perception of time, place, and experience, and is intended to provoke curiosity and reflection.