Door County artist Rob Comstock received an honorable mention in the Neville Public Museum’s 71st Annual Juried Art Exhibition. His piece “Si-Wa-Wata-Wa: Zuni” is pyrography on turned basswood, one of 43 works of art selected out of 132 entries. Pyrography, dating back to the 17th century, is the art of drawing on wood using specialized heated tools. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the steel tip is applied to the wood all create different effects. A large range of tones and shades can be achieved much like a graphite drawing.
Comstock has worked with wood for many years and is probably best known for building Queen Anne and Shaker furniture. Comstock is also an accomplished wood turner using turned pieces of wood or wood panels for his burnings.
The Neville exhibit will run May 14 – July 3. The museum is located at 210 Museum Place in Green Bay. Comstock’s work will also be part of the Miller Art Museum’s upcoming Door Prize For Portraiture.