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ART NIGHT AT WATERSIDE SCHOOL, STAMFORD, CT
May 29, 2015, 6 to 8:00PM
As one of the guest artists invited to the school's Art Night, I showed my sculptures and demonstrated woodcarving for the enthralled and enthralling elementary students of Waterside School.  An inspiring evening!

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Featured Workshop, AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
Thursday, January 8, 2015 and Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5 to 7:30PM
2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Drawing on themes and motifs in the exhibition "A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America," I led the participants of these sold-out workshops on a process-oriented, basic introduction to woodcarving at the American Folk Art Museum.  Stay tuned for upcoming workshops at the museum by e-mailing publicprograms@folkartmuseum.org for details or to be added to the wait-list. 

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LIC ARTS OPEN 2014
Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18, 12pm-6pm

Come see what's on my workbench, sign up for my
June woodcarving class, or watch me demonstrate 
how to carve wood.  Over 160 artists will throw 
open their doors for the Open Studio weekend.

My studio is in the Diego Salazar Art Studios building
Second Floor, #204-1
43-32 22nd St., L.I.C., NY.  
(My building is #2 on this festival map)


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Cityscape radio interview (award winning NYC radio series from WFUV, 90.7 FM )
My interview is the first few minutes of the podcast: 
http://wfuv.org/news/cityscape/140118/cityscape-handmade

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Sara Durkacs interviews me in her "Meet the Makers" series for the blog, The Wooden House Project:
http://woodenhouseproject.com/index.php/2013/06/12/deborah-mills-woodcarving/

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Sarah Ennals of ChiZine, the Toronto publisher that used two of my carvings as cover art (for books which I also illustrated), interviews me about my carving practice:
http://chizine.com/deborah_mills_woodcarver.htm

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During the blog tour for The Indigo Pheasant
one of the books I illustrated, I was asked 
by That Artsy Reader Girl blog to write a 
guest post about my creative process:

A History of Wonder:  Illustrating Yount

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LIC ARTS OPEN 2013
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, 12pm-6pm 
Come see what's on my workbench during 
a weekend festival of open studios!

My studio is in the Diego Salazar Art Studios building
Second Floor, #204-1
43-32 22nd St., L.I.C., NY.  
(Our building is #2 on this festival map)

I'll also have sculptures on view downstairs
at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery May 15-June 15, 2013
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 15, 6 to 9 PM


























































































































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Architectural Digest Home Design Show: March 17 – 20, 2011
Booth M114 in the MADE Section
Pier 94:  12th Ave. at 55th St. New York City

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INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS 
(5 nights) September 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2010--  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY

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INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS 
(4 nights) August 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2010 --  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY

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TRADITIONAL WOODCARVING WORKSHOP
July 30 - August 3, 2010 (5 days)
Course description here:  PETERS VALLEY CRAFT CENTER
Layton, NJ: in the heart of the gorgeous Delaware Water Gap  National Recreation Area! 

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INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS 
(4 sessions) Tuesdays, March 16, 23, 30 & April 6, 2010 --  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY

















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EARLY AMERICAN TRADITIONAL WOODCARVING WORKSHOP   Limit: 6 Students
August 17-19, 2009 (3 days) Fee: $425.00
EASTFIELD VILLAGE
Nassau, NY 

Designed for novice-to-intermediate students, this workshop emphasizes the tools & techniques for relief woodcarving used in the creation of Early American carvings. It gives beginning students a good foundation in traditional woodcarving & intermediate students the opportunity to build on their skills. Through demonstrations, exercises & individual hands-on instruction students learn to adapt & transfer a historical design; the various uses of woodcarving tools & how to get & keep them sharp; the proper use & control of tools for incising, setting in, grounding & surface modeling, plus wood types & finishing options.

Wood, basic tools & prepared designs are provided. Intermediate students are invited to bring their own tools & to speak with Deborah in advance if they would like to work on their own designs. Because class size is limited & our setting informal, Deborah can respond to each student's goals & instruct them one-on-one. We have ample inspiration surrounded by Early American buildings and furnishings! 

More information at http://www.greatamericancraftsmen.org/workshops/classes.htm

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Traditional Building Exhibition & Conference, Boston, MA
March 13 & 14, 2009
Demonstrated traditional architectural woodcarving 

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Exhibited my work at the Greater Philadelphia Historic Home Show
January 16, 17 & 18, 2009
Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Ran concurrently with the Designer Craftsmen Show of Philadelphia
Booth # 68

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Two of my original designs were featured in the December 2008 issue of 
Traditional Building Magazine's  December 2008 Religious Buildings Issue

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The ISD Renaissance Festival
The International School at Dundee, Greenwich, CT
Carving Workshops for Kids
Saturday, October 25, 2008

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12th Annual Craft as Art Festival, Nassau County Museum of Art
Saturday, October 11, 2008

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Guest lectured at Dennis Fitzgerald's Woodworking class during their woodcarving module.
School of Art+Design, Purchase College SUNY
September 18, 2008

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I taught a 3 day woodcarving workshop at historic Eastfield Village:
August 18 - 20, 2008

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Traditional Woodcarving Demonstration
12th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop
IPTW 2008 - "A Place for the Trades" - Barre, VT
July 18 - 20, 2008 

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Furniture08: State of the Craft exhibit
Some of my original art is included in the Member's Gallery exhibit at the 
Furniture Society Conference in Purchase, NY
June 18 - 21, 2008

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Gave a traditional woodcarving demonstration at the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference, Boston on March 13th, 2008.


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Appeared among the New England Historic Home Show master craft demonstrators in Sturbridge, MA.
April 18 - 20, 2008

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ABOUT NEW YORK: ONE CITY - EIGHT VISIONS
Mercy College Manhattan Campus Library's Fifth Annual Art Exhibit
Mercy College Manhattan Campus 
November 8 - December 14, 2007

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I taught a Masterclass Workshop
on Woodcarving and Contemporary Ornament at
The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
September 26, October 3 and October 10, 2007

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Woodcarving Demonstration and Exhibit
Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
September 30, 2007, 11AM to 6PM

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Trend Central cites my work at the 2007 ICFF show in NYC
as an example of the strong trend back to ornament in contemporary design:
(article now under Archives, May 24, 2007) 

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Woodcarving Demonstration 
June 2 and 3, 2007
at the Preservation Trades Workshop
at Casey Farm 
Saunderstown, Rhode Island

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May 19 to May 22, 2007
at the 
International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Booth 2538
Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

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See my interview as a featured artist  by one of New York City's 
leading cultural bloggers, Lisa di Liberto (May 5, 2007 entry):
Urban Seashell Blog

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Thank you to Kate Ottavino and the delightful students of the Preservation Arts Program at the Brooklyn High School for the Arts for inviting me to demonstrate traditional woodcarving on April 17, 2007.  

PREVIOUS EXHIBITS & SHOWS:
I have exhibited my work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, NY; the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, NY; the American Crafts Council Show, Baltimore, MD; Mercy College's annual "About New York" exhibit, New York, NY; the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum's Nordic Fest, Decorah, IA; and at galleries including Walker-Kornbluth Gallery, Fair Lawn, NJ;  Banaker Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Greene and Greene Gallery, New Hope, PA; Studio Design, Inc., Washington DC;  Studiolo, Iowa City, IA; Massoni-Sommer Gallery, Chestertown, MD; Cudahy's Gallery, Richmond, VA; and the Concord Art Association, Concord, MA. 


PRESS & ARTICLES:      Made in NYC              Trend Central           New York Living            

                                   Custom Home     SAS Magazine









Copyright © 2014 Deborah A. Mills, all rights reserved.
DEBORAH MILLS WOODCARVING
CUSTOM DESIGN: CARVED BY HAND WITH CHISELS, MALLET & PASSION
One-of-a-Kind    Limited Edition    Original Design    Reproduction
"Whale (Here There Be Series)" was used in the cover design of my husband Daniel A. Rabuzzi's first novel, The Choir Boatspublished Sept. 2009 by Chizine Publications.  The novel is getting excellent reviews!

I also created pen & ink wash illustrations for each chapter head.

Let me know if you have an illustration project you'd like to discuss.
 
Eric Medsker's photo project "focuses on individuals who continue to work within a 19th and 20th century paradigm around New York City's five boroughs. While adapting few modern methods to their trades, the skills and tools stem directly from traditions passed down from pedagogue to protege through trained, dexterous hands working malleable materials."
Photos: Eric Medsker, all rights reserved.
Photo: Colleen Whiteley, all rights reserved.
My collaboration with Colleen & Ericthe witty and wonderful "Cowardly Lion Mirror" 
debuted during Design Week at the WANTED Design NYC show on May 13-16, 2011.
La Venue @ Terminal Store, 608 West 28th Street (between 11th & 12th Ave.)
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April 27 through June 17, 2012
The Observatory
543 Union Street (at Nevins), Brooklyn, NY 11215

I'm excited to have new work (my first-ever sculpture collaboration with spouse Daniel Rabuzzi) in a group show at the Observatory Gallery in Brooklyn, Sigils and Signs, curated by the fabulous Pam Grossman.

"The fibers of art and magic are woven so tightly together, 
it’s often said that they are one and the same. Images are 
imaginal pictures.  When we see something, a constellation of synapses fires, associations swirl, and new thoughts  are born.  We are altered - and what is magic, if not this?" --Pam Grossman
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Saturday and Sunday, May 19 - 20, 2012
I will be participating in the 2012 LIC Arts Open Studios weekend, throwing open the door to my studio, showing my artwork and doing woodcarving demonstrations.  

LIC Arts Open is an exciting celebration of the thriving arts community in Long Island City, Queens. Featuring 200+ Open Studios, Painting, Sculpture, Music, Dance, Theater, and more. 


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Featured in photographer Eric Medsker's "Trades" project (a forthcoming book):
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1PM Saturday, May 12, 2012 
I am giving a presentation as a visiting artist at Idyllwild Arts Academyin Southern California.
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May 2012 INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS 
(5 nights) May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 --  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY
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May 12 - 20, 2012  
Opening reception Tuesday May 15, 6:00-8:00 PM
Exhibiting work at the Diego Salazar Studios Group Show 
21-25 44th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
12:00-6:00 PM daily
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Featured as a "Made in NYC Company of the Month" by the Pratt Center for Community Development.
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March 2012 INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS - tools provided by 3rd Ward
(5 nights) March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29--  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY
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November 2011 INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS - tools provided by 3rd Ward
(5 nights) Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 --  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY
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Appeared on the MARTHA STEWART SHOW ; also featured on the Martha Stewart Web Exclusive slideshow.
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August 2011 INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS - tools provided by 3rd Ward
(5 nights) August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 --  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY

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May 2011 INTRODUCTION TO WOODCARVING CLASS 
(5 nights) May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2011--  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
3rd WARD, Brooklyn NY
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BOOK COVER & ILLUSTRATIONS
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LIC ARTS OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND!
Saturday, May 21 & Sunday May 22 from noon to 6PM
For the 6th year, hundreds of artists in Long Island City will open their studios to the public -- do stop by  my carving studio for carving demonstrations & conversation.  All are welcome!

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INTRODUCTION TO RELIEF WOODCARVING CLASSES
I teach classes focusing on the traditional methods of relief woodcarving right in my carving studio, with tools and materials provided.  CLICK HERE for class descriptions, schedules and registration info.