Bring Home A Piece of The Famous Twin Oaks
By Lisa Green
Once upon a time, in Sharon, Conn., the Twin Oaks Preserve was home to a pair of iconic white oak trees that stood in the field for over 250 years. Wisely, in 1998, with the help of the residents and the Salisbury Land Trust, the town decided to purchase the 70-acre property before development took over. Thus was born the Sharon Land Trust. Sadly, the twin oaks fell within a year of each other, but all was not lost: local artists took up the cause and created artwork from the wood of the majestic trees.
Frank Grusauskas was one of the woodwork artisans who snared some of that historic wood. No one else seemed to want the flat piles, but he immediately envisioned creating platters, shallow bowls and spoons. His work has been for sale at Somethin’s Gotta Give in Chatham, New York for several years, but proprietor James Knight will put the spotlight on some of the pieces and offer special sale prices on Saturday, April 8.
He likes the fact that Grusauskas took odd shapes from the trees. “We’ve got his small bowls, plates, and things that are more organic and sculptural,” he says. “You can use them, or put them out as decorative pieces.”
The artist will be on hand to talk about the pieces. He can also expound on the fated Twin Oaks themselves. “They were six feet in diameter, with 250-foot limbs,” he says. “The best wood is generally in the center, but both of the trees were hollow, so I went for the burls and chunks.”
Somethin’s Gotta Give, which moved last year from Lakeville, Connecticut to Chatham, has evolved into a store celebrating and representing local artists. Stop by, have a glass of Prosecco and immerse yourself in the warmth and magic of the Twin Oaks.
Photo by Jenny Hansell
Somethin’s Gotta Give
Sale on select Frank Grusauskas pieces from the Twin Oaks
Saturday, April 8
Artist reception from 2-4 p.m.
5 Main Str., Chatham, NY
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