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The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California is pleased to announce the creation of The Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio and needs to raise funds to cover expenses involved in the project. Since starting the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in 2005, Kevin Wallace, author of numerous books on the field of contemporary wood art, has dreamt of creating a wood studio to compliment the late Beatrice Wood’s ceramic studio, which remains an active part of educational programming at the Center. Having worked to promote contemporary art for two decades, working with galleries, museums, the American Association of Woodturners (woodturner.org) and Collectors of Wood Art (collectorsofwoodart.org), Kevin sought to make the promotion of contemporary wood art part of the day-to-day activities of the Center. This year, with the assistance of artist Binh Pho and the gift of a lathe from Jet (jettools.com) and a set of gouges from Doug Thompson (thompsonlathetools.com), the Center began sharing the woodturning process with interns at the Center utilizing Beatrice Wood’s garage, which for the last decade has been used for storage. Seeing the progress that was being made, local woodturner Bruce Berger put Kevin in touch with the family of Harvey Rich, who had recently passed away following an impassioned pursuit of the craft during his retirement. The family of Harvey Rich has agreed to gift the Center with a fully equipped woodworking studio, making the dream of a woodworking studio at the Center a reality. However, the Center needs to raise funds for the various expenses involved in transportation of the equipment and transforming of the space, including building an alternative storage space, putting in new electrical, light construction work and replacing the garage door. The Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio will function as part of the Center’s educational programming, which is four-fold: 1) The Center educates the larger public regarding all aspects of the arts, through exhibitions, performances and demonstrations. There are exhibitions of contemporary artists working in all media, a permanent collection of art and studio tours, where visitors to the Center can become familiar with the processes employed by intern-artists. 2) Workshops in diverse media are presented by leading artists that are open to the general public for a fee. 3) The Center’s intern program for graduate students seeking a career in the arts, offers “real world” experience in the arts, ranging from the creation of work through gaining the skills required to work as a professional artist with galleries and museums. 4) Free children’s art workshops to introduce young people to art history and the process for creating art. Please consider assisting the Center with a donation to support the creation of the Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts and expanding our educational programming to include and promote contemporary wood art.