The Western Maine Art Group “Artist of the Month” for April, 2013 is Don Best of Norway! Don lives with his family on Crockett Ridge Road in Norway and enjoys working on wood sculptures, using basswood grown in Maine or even wood from recycled materials.
Don went to the Maine College of Art in Portland, studying painting, and sculpture. Over the years, Don has worked in many different media including weaving, jewelry making, print making, but for the last dozen years has mainly worked with wood. He works up ideas in his sketchbooks, roughs out shapes with his band saw and does most of the finish work with hand tools. Some of his more recent works include studies in Maine wildlife including life size wood pieces of herons, loons, hawks and woodpeckers to hang on walls.
You can find several of his pieces at the Western Maine Art Group Gallery on Main Street in Norway. He also studied and worked at the Haystack Mountain School of Art on Deer Island to stay recharged by attending classes and spending time in their woodshop.
The photo included with this article shows an example of dancers he created in basswood which is being exhibited in the window of the Gallery. You can find out more about Don’s work at: