Daryl Smith Arts

Creativity + recycling

From fire and forge to hammer and saw..

My early forefathers, as Smiths, pounded and shaped metal into tools and weapons.  More recent ancestors turned to carpenter work after crossing the Atlantic and settled here in the new world. livelihoods as carpenters.  Those Smiths transformed rough-hewn lumber into housing, cabinets, furniture, trim, and more as they moved westward from Virginia and Pennsylvania to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas.

In my life, I worked as a school teacher, a principal, and later an economic development director.  But throughout, my woodworking lineage called.  Now, like my grandfather, great-grandfather, and ancestors before, I cut, shape, and create with wood.  I joined that calling with my love of art and my recycling ethic.  I now create pictures and art using wood and recycled wood as my canvas and medium. 

I am indebted to those who have helped me along my artistic path.  Lynda Ellis (Lithon, GA) graciously tutored in acrylic painting skills.  Rena Brower's watercolor sessions (Delphi, IN) offered inspiring techniques and approaches.  Michael Fite (GA) assisted with woodwork tutoring.  In addition, coursework through the Museum of Modern Art and classes in woodworking and mixed media with Robert Spiece, Carol Nelson, and Marjie Kemper have helped me along my path.  

I also thank Marie Henderson and the Artists Network, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Wabash Valley Artists Society, and the Art League of Greater Lafayette.  I appreciate the help and support of each and all.

My artwork has been/will be shown at:
   Harrison College.  March - May 2018 exhibition
   Art on the Wabash, Sunday, September 23, 10:00 - 4:00.  Tapawingo Park, West Lafayette, IN
   Southern Heartland Art Gallery. May -  2018 - TBD
   The Tippecanoe Arts Federation.  Solo gallery exhibit (Lafayette, IN.  2016) 
   Delphi Opera House.  Nov.   (Delphi, IN)
   Friends of the Frankfort Community Library Fine Art Exhibition and Sale  
   The Tippecanoe County Home and Family Arts Open.  July (Lafayette, IN)
      (2015, 2017 First Place / Creative Recycling)

   The Broadway Art Show. 2014, 2015.  (Monticello, IN)
   White County Council on Aging.  2014  (Monticello, IN)   

A proud member of the: 
   Tippecanoe Arts Federation (Lafayette, IN) 
   Wabash Valley Artists Society  (Lafayette, IN)
   Art League of Greater Lafayette (Lafayette, IN) 
   Southern Heartland Arts Guild  (Covington, GA)

My book of poetry, "A Quiet Night in June," is available online through the Kindle store.   (Click here)

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