Bob Carls & Amy Sharpe, artisans
After years of packing and unpacking our work at art fairs across the midwest, we decided to cut back on the miles. We took a leap of faith, transformed a garage into a gallery space and opened Ripple River Gallery. When we asked a few colleagues if they would be willing to show their work in our backwoods gallery, they took the leap and joined us.
That was back in June of 2000…since then we’ve been able to spend less time on the road and more time in the studio. There’s time now to work in the garden and linger over morning coffee to watch the deer browsing in our backyard. Best of all, we’ve had time to grow friendships with both artists and patrons alike—art connects us all!
Who we are…
Bob Carls is a full-time studio artist creating functional and decorative lathe-turned wood vessels. In his work, he uses traditional and contemporary woodworking processes, both on and off the lathe. He brings to his work a lifetime of study in art forms that range from improvisational music to the visual arts, especially photography, sculpture and film. Turned woods vessels by Bob Carls can be found in the permanent collection of the Minnesota State Historical Society, St. Paul, MN; corporate and private collections worldwide.
Amy Sharpe calls herself a weaver who writes, or a writer who weaves, depending on her current project. She also works in fiber, paper and mixed media, does photography and loves to cook for friends. A former newspaper editor, for 16 years she published “Homespun,” a magazine “celebrating the art of creative living.” She leads workshops on creativity, nature printing and journaling, and hosts travel adventures to inspire the artist within each of us. She dreams in color.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 261, Deerwood, MN 56444
Gallery: 27591 Partridge Ave., Aitkin, MN 56431>