Carving wood, taking photos keeps artist busy

Bill Knoll is exhibitor, officer with volunteer organization that runs gallery

Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/27/21

“If possible, I used rescued wood from local trees to make small bowls, boxes and many other artistic wooden items,” said Bill Knoll. He exhibits both photography and wood pieces with the …

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Carving wood, taking photos keeps artist busy

Bill Knoll is exhibitor, officer with volunteer organization that runs gallery

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“If possible, I used rescued wood from local trees to make small bowls, boxes and many other artistic wooden items,” said Bill Knoll. He exhibits both photography and wood pieces with the Littleton Fine Arts Guild’s Depot Art Center, when it’s open — and serves as vice president for the organization, helping the volunteer organization function smoothly.

Knoll wrote that his father introduced him to this interest, as well as photography — both above and below water.

He and Guild member Tim Kathka exhibited their photography last year at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, which readers may recall.

And he has happily passed his interests along to children and grandchildren. He describes himself as “Husband, Father, Grandfather, Photographer and Woodworker.”

With eyes that find beauty as he makes his way through the world, “I try to look for subjects that define my interests and things in nature that others pass by every day and never see.”

Photos we are seeing today in addition to wood pieces, include photographic images of a vibrant pink wild rose, a puffer fish, a hummingbird in flight (one can almost hear it!) and a dramatic photo of a bright moon reflecting on a highly polished large building. (Plus a self-portrait of a smiling man you’d want to chat with ...)

His professional career was in electrical engineering and he retired after “designing and building community water facilities across the country.” He has widened his interests in nature over the years.

The aforementioned “under water” part relates to a passion for scuba diving — and photographing a whole other colorful world to be found beneath the surface of the water.

With other Guild members, he exhibits images elsewhere in the community: at Smokin’ Fins Restaurant, Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center (where “It’s a Small World,” an exhibit of small works, is still open during box office hours) and at Nixon’s Coffee House in Englewood and at the Arapahoe County Justice Center.

We’ll hope the Depot Art Gallery will be able to open doors again soon, so one can stroll in and enjoy the art works in person.

We understand that photographer Peggy Dietz is assembling a new virtual member exhibit in the meantime — to open in early March 2021. Watch for a notice here.

New members to the Littleton Fine Arts Guild are welcome. See the website at depotartgallery.org.

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