Gallery 1001 welcomes Winfield wood carver Linda Kenzy as a member artist. Recognized in the region for her detailed wood carvings, Kenzy became interested in art as a young girl in Cedar Vale. She learned to paint in the beauty shop of Julia Higgins, who kept a table open where youngsters could learn to paint. From that introduction, Kenzy fell in love with the paintings of Norman Rockwell.
Kenzy can’t recall a time when she wasn’t fascinated with the possibilities hidden in a chunk of wood. She received instruction with carving techniques in a continuing education class through Cowley College. Over the years, she developed her own techniques and considers herself mostly self-taught. Her expertise with woodcarving skills led to her involvement in continuing education classes as an instructor for years through Cowley College. Though now retired from teaching, she remains active in her own shop, working daily on her carving projects. Many of them hint at her admiration for Rockwell.
“I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my carving,” Kenzy said. Several years ago, she helped start the Fall Into the Holidaze craft and antique show held every October at the Cowley County fairgrounds. She has gained many devoted friends and fans through her activities.
Art has a special place in her life. “Artists display their feelings through their work,” she explained. “Our work becomes part of us, as much as we are part of it. When we share our art, we share a bit of ourselves. Each person looking at a piece of art has a different feeling from it. Art belongs as much to the viewer as to the creator. It makes every one of us just a little bit unique.”
Samples of Kenzy’s wood carving creations displayed in Gallery 1001: