Category Archives: Arts

A Colorful Table with Hannah Niswonger

Posted on August 19, 2014 by

Hannah Niswonger Ceramics are the perfect bridge between nature-preserving art and function. 

Niswonger shapes simple pots out of white stoneware while transforming each piece to reflect nature and her love for animals. She keeps her tools and design simple by committing to use of a knife, a serrated metal rib, a sponge, and a brush. Her work is the perfect touch of whimsy and nature for any table.

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Nod to Wilmington’s Art Scene

Posted on August 16, 2014 by

KurtzCollectionWilmingtonPrideWilmington, Del. is a hidden gem for the art community. Not many would immediately agree, but if you look closely, the love of art is a constant beat throughout the city. It might not always get the positive attention but the talent is bubbling here with a signature Wilmington style of tradition and urbane mixes. With the Wilmington Art Loop, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Firefly, DCAD and tons of local artisan designers the city is a hub of creatives.

Growing up in a “designing” family, we were able to see first-hand the beautiful pieces from under acknowledged Wilmington artists. Today in the showroom we celebrate everything from paintings, to jewelry, and furniture from locals  including Caroline Chen, Rosanne Cox, JKB Designs and of course, John Kurtz.

Who are a few of your favorite Wilmington artists present and past? Share their pieces with us.

Art & Furniture Exhibit Sheds Light on Talented Local Artists

Posted on November 11, 2013 by

In a battle between steel and wood, which would win? The answer is EVERYONE.

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Local artists Bill Spiker and Jim Buckley, showed individual and collaborative pieces in the Steel and Wood Works in the Warehouse exhibit held November 7, 2013. Together they entertained about 150 guests with unique sculptures, paintings, and one-of-a-kind furniture.

Kurtz Collection was thrilled to have the opportunity to host such amazing artists and have a night dedicated to them. Each of these artists have a special draw to their pieces which leave customers asking for each by name. For them to collaborate on furniture is colliding two worlds in the most beautiful way.

With the almost 40 pieces of exhibit art, The Sin City Band created the soundtrack to the night as guests enjoyed live-art from sketch artist, Ed Przelomski.

Both artists are dedicated to the expanding the Delaware design circuit by encouraging the appreciation of all art.

The event was held at the Kurtz Collection warehouse, located 1914 West 11th Street Wilmington, DE 19805.

Bill Spiker’s art career, like his formal education, reflects two “personalities”:  one centered around making art, the other driven by running business ventures. Bill sold his business in 2000 and returned to his alter ego as artist. Bill Spiker has painted in watercolor & oil and sculpted in wood, plaster, plastic resin and welded steel.  He has studied welded steel sculpture under Tai Pamora and Stan Smokler. His first gallery show as a sculptor was with Stan Smokler at Wilmington’s Blue Streak Gallery in June 2006.  He has participated in group shows at The Blue Streak Gallery and Old City Philadelphia gallery Bruges.

Jim Buckley‘s work as a professional cabinet maker and custom woodworker spans 17 years of creating custom pieces ranging from traditional fine furniture to one-of-a-kind contemporary pieces. Jim’s work highlights the importance of water in nature and how its smooth flow nurtures and shapes everything around us, even a fallen tree. Each piece of wood has its own mysterious character, especially the unusual or imperfect specimens. Jim finds each piece’s opportunity for re-birth while preserving the integrity of its original form, spirit and voice.

We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves at the event. The pieces were a hot commodity as most found new homes that night.