Rochester, New York has a rich art culture due in no small part to the contributions of our own Wendell Castle. The 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery featured 100 works of art, including two pieces of furniture crafted by Tracy Fiegl, master cabinetmaker at the Wendell Castle Collection. A few of us went to the member’s opening party to support our friend Tracy.
While the show was weighted mostly toward photography (and modified photography), as one would expect in Rochester, there were also paintings, sculpture, and Tracy in a tie.
Tracy’s Needle Cabinet and Cascus Cabinet were very prominently featured at the exhibition, and he received some nice compliments, notably from one of the curators. Tracy, whom you’ll be further introduced to in a subsequent blog, is hands-down the best cabinetmaker I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and I have worked with some great ones. His cabinetmaking skills and attention to detail are second to none and his dry wit keeps all of us laughing.
Since it was our first time in the museum, my wife and I walked around and looked for all of Wendell’s art pieces that are on display, like the Dr. Caligari Clock, which he created in 1984 based on the German horror movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
One of the highlights of the evening for me was having Tracy and Dan Herberger, our engineer, give us a short tour of the museum, pointing out their favorite pieces of art. Their depth of knowledge and passion for the pieces simply amazes me. They are perfect representatives of the masters at work here at the Wendell Castle Collection.
There is so much talent here at the Wendell Castle Collection. In the weeks to come, we’ll be introducing the people who make the impeccably crafted furniture that has Wendell’s name on it, right here on these online pages that make up the Wendell Castle Collection Modern Luxury blog.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these pictures of Tracy’s pieces as well as some of Wendell’s monumental artwork on display at the Memorial Art Gallery