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New Mexico turning exhibit a one-man show


The Deming Arts Center in Deming, N.M. recently featured “Dick Costa Woodturning” in February. Pieces included vases and sculptures using techniques Costa has learned from mentors throughout the world.

“His love of woodworking began when he was a young man watching his father carve 3D fish and whales,” the center explained.

“Soon he was learning to carve, and a lifelong respect of woods and woodworking was born. After retiring from a career as a construction engineer, Dick and his wife, Nancy, began traveling and ended up moving to Deming from Massachusetts. His son - to whom he attributes his more recent return to woodworking - asked why he did not get back into woodworking, so after setting up a complete shop in his garage, Dick is turning out some beautiful pieces of wood in the form of vases and sculptures which are more creative and challenging.”

The exhibit was supported by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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This article was originally published in the March 2021 issue.

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