An Exhibition by Susan Wood & Ron Widenhoefer
Raven’s Wish Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by clockmakers Susan Wood (formerly of Janesville) and Ron Widenhoefer. Susan and Ron are longtime friends through the Minnesota Clockmakers Guild. Their working styles and purpose for building clocks are different but the resulting clocks they each build are both a tribute to a very old craft (clocks have been made since the 1300’s), and a celebration of mechanical beauty. All of the clocks in the exhibit are working time keepers and fascinating kinetic sculptures.
Susan Wood began learning about clocks in 1990 as part of her work handling art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Night classes at Saint Paul Technical institute (now Saint Paul College) introduced her to the repair of mechanical clocks. For Susan mechanical clocks have become more than just keepers of time and regulators of the world.
Ron Widenhoefer is a retired mechanical engineer. Nearing retirement he took clock repair classes at the St Paul Technical College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His interest in clocks began with inherited watch tools and lathe from his grandfather. It seemed logical for Ron to pick up on clock work as his working life had been spent designing products and production machines.
An artist reception for Wood and Widenhoefer will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, October 2nd at Raven’s Wish Gallery, 101 W. Milwaukee Street in Janesville. The exhibition will hang through October 28th and the gallery is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, and during the fall from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday.