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Fine arts show features a variety of art work

SEBRING - Among a medley of fine crafts at the 27th Annual Art and Fine Craft Show is the work of contemporary wood artist John Henry, who crafts wood-turned bowls and objects that explore the natural beauty of wood.

"They are a dialogue between an artist and the wood on the lathe, a balancing act between precise control and the forms of chance, a collaboration of hand, machine, mind and matter," a news release states.

Some of the unique items in Henry's repertoire this year are crafted from trees downed by Hurricane Sandy.

Also bringing his wood carving artistry is Chau Pham, who won a scholarship from the Atlanta College of Art to earn his degree in fine arts. An accomplished woodworker and photographer, Chau enjoys woodcarving, especially birds.

"His work is backed up by years of experience and recent awards. He has frequented many judging panels in woodcarving shows across the Southeast for the past 20 years," festival organizers say.

Chau also teaches master classes and hosts seminars on wildfowl woodcarving.

The show, sponsored by the Lake Placid Art League, will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Bert J. Harris Agri-Civic Center on George Boulevard. Admission is free and door prizes, donated by over 50 artists, will be awarded throughout the day. Refreshments will be available.

Many other state and nationally known artists are represented, including watercolor artist Marsha Penn, wildlife artist Christine Yarbour, the paintings of four "Florida Highwaymen," metal sculptor Bruce Trewyn, and photographers Elzbieta Weron and Kevin Main.