The Resource Heatwole personal papers, 1973-1995
- Heatwole personal papers, 1973-1995
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- This collection contains the personal papers of John L. Heatwole, primarily relevant to his work as an artist. Correspondence includes incoming letters from Leslie Cheek, former director of the Va. Museum of Fine Arts, and other clients; the Dow Agency; and Neiman-Marcus. Also included in the collection are show and lecture pamphlets, sales receipts, exhibition and consignment lists, and articles/other writings by Heatwole (incl. historical documentation on "Tobacco and 'The Planter,'" one of his sculptures). Magazine articles and news clippings about Heatwole as well as photographs, mostly of various woodcarving sculptures, are also included. A series of photographs showing the progression of work on an eagle sculpture, along with posters, sketches, and diary references all give us an interesting glimpse into the thinking/creative process of this artist
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- John L. Heatwole was born in 1948 in Washington, D.C. In 1974 he moved to the Shenandoah Valley, where his family had ties, to take a job as woodcarver at the Virginia Craftsmen Furniture Company in Harrisonburg, Va. Three years later he opened his own shop in Bridgewater, Va. and began working for himself. Drawing on folklore and family stories, and using only hand tools and a secret color staining process, Heatwole has become widely recognized as a woodcarver, sculptor, and folk artist of note.
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