RAM Collects: Wood Letter Openers by Norm Sartorius from Ronald and Kay Springwater

October 18, 2015 - February 7, 2016

For decades, Norm Sartorius has used rare woods, such as Haitian mahogany and Jamaican dogwood, to create non-functional spoons and small-scale objects. Spurred by an interest in investigating color, form, and texture, he has focused on “the character of the raw pieces of wood.” This exhibition highlights a gift of 44 Sartorius letter openers from collectors Ronald and Kay Springwater.

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Norm Sartorius
Letter Opener,
Fustic
12 1/4 x 1 x 1 1/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ronald and Kay Springwater
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Norm Sartorius
Letter Opener,
Burmese blackwood
11 7/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ronald and Kay Springwater
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Norm Sartorius
Letter Openers,
Australian ebony and Australian tulipwood
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ronald and Kay Springwater
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Norm Sartorius
Letter Openers,
Australian ebony, Australian tulipwood, Bowyakka, Burmese blackwood, and Fustic
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ronald and Kay Springwater
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Norm Sartorius
Letter Opener,
Bowyakka
12 x 2 1/4 x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Ronald and Kay Springwater
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

RAM Collects: Wood Letter Openers by Norm Sartorius from Ronald and Kay Springwater is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Racine County, Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Polyform Products, Inc., Rasmussen Diamonds, Ruud Family Foundation, Inc., and Wisconsin Public Radio.