August 19th (3rd Thursday)
Ronnie Sorgi will be our speaker at the August meeting. She was born in Santa Cruz but as an adult traveled extensively and her experiences left a lasting impression on her. Being an artist, she decided on woodworking for her art.
She got her degree in Fine Creative Woodworking at Rockingham Community College in North Carolina. There she designed her "Crab Desk" which won Best of Show at the local Fine Arts Festival. The desk was then displayed at various east coast cities. Later, her reproduction of a Windsor rocking chair was shown at the Raleigh State building. Another design was chosen to be shown at the Hickory Museum.
She stayed at the college and taught and took commissions for about two years while she developed and expanded as a furniture maker. One commission was selected for the American Woodworker's gallery for the American Woodworker's Show in Philadelphia.
Ronnie has a keen eye for detail and wood utilization. She believes that a piece of furniture should convey a sense of peace and balance; it should be well thought out and precisely executed tribute to the tree and to the forest it came from.
For our meeting, she will be speaking about 18th Century Furniture and the different styles characteristics of the Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne and Chippendale styles. She will talk about how styles progressed and different interpretations of styles between the city and country. She will bring several examples of her work.
From 101, take the East Hillsdale exit. Drive a mile plus toward the bay. Turn right on Shell Blvd.