Nashville artist Brenda Stein is recognized for her uplifting turned wood art. She fosters timeless connections by creating pieces from trees that have special meaning to their owners.
“Middle Tennessee has an exceptionally rich variety of tree species. By making one of a kind turned art pieces out of felled trees, I not only rescue the trees, but preserve their essence. I cut the tree into manageable pieces using a chainsaw. Then I shape it on the lathe, carving away ribbons of wood to reveal the sensuous curves that define my work.”
Brenda trained with woodturning masters Ray Key, David Ellsworth and John Jordan, and was mentored by the late Charles Alvis. She was selected to design and create the 2007 Governor’s Awards in the Arts for the state of Tennessee and is honored to have several works of art in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum. Brenda has recently expanded her repertoire to include sculpture in other mediums. Her Bellevue Branch Library public artwork Rise Above, commissioned by the city of Nashville, consists of over 80 birds made from the site’s reclaimed trees, flying in formation through the commons.
Brenda’s work can be found in select galleries and many private collections