January 21, 2020 Grantley Adams

WINSTED, CT – January 21, 2020 – Andrew Jack’s handmade Windsor chairs can be seen in The Gallery at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s Founders Hall. The space will be open to the public from January 23 to February 17. Gallery hours are 9:00 am-9:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am-5:00 pm on Friday. The opening reception will be held February 6, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Andrew Jack (NCCC ’04, SUNY Purchase ’08) has been focusing on making handmade Windsor chairs for the last ten years. These chairs are produced from a freshly cut log, utilizing specialized joinery techniques to ensure heirloom longevity. His processes rely on the use of sharp hand tools, with every part of the chair being processed by his hand. Tool marks are left wherever possible to invite the hand and eye. Andy makes Windsor chairs using a blend of contemporary and traditional techniques. He also carves wooden utensils using traditional Slojd processes. Working with green wood and hand tools allows these handmade chairs and woodenware to appear and feel “light” and “delicate” yet maintain the strength of a tree. These methods are sound and sustainable because they require minimal electricity, they honor the integrity of a tree, they create byproducts that are easily recycled, and they produce an heirloom quality product that will last for generations. To learn more about Andrew’s work, go to https://www.andrewjack.net/.

The Art Department offers an array of credit courses leading to an Associate in Science degree or Certificates. Students may choose to specialize in Graphic Design, Digital Media, or Fine Arts (drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture), as they progress in the art program. Certificate programs are available in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. For more information about Northwestern Connecticut Community College Art Department’s programs, please contact Professor Janet Nesteruk at Jnesteruk@nwcc.edu or Professor Sue Berg at Sberg@nwcc.edu.