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The Driftwood Assemblages of Thomas Sheets

Who would have thought that humble little pieces of driftwood found on our local beaches could be assembled into such imaginative art pieces? The small pieces of driftwood gathered on the windswept beaches of the Southern Oregon coast are combined with other “found” items. These could include rocks, stones or pieces of wire and cable, turned into totally unique works evoking memories of trees, grass, geometric forms or totally abstract images.

Thomas had searched for years for the perfect medium to express and reflect his many moods. One day, while walking on a beach, he started looking at the little fingers of driftwood and the naturally polished rocks forming patterns in the sand, each piece telling its own story. Some are soft and smooth in serene harmony while others are jagged and rough in violent conflict. Each contributes its own personality, its own highlight, to the assemblage.

Fighting the crashing surf for the perfect piece, Thomas has immortalized these “sticks and stones” in his artwork. They live on instead of being lost forever.

The exhibit will be hanging through the month of September. These pieces must be seen in person to truly appreciate them.

Thomas Sheets

Unique and original, Thomas Sheets' contemporary environmental assemblage wall art is composed of found driftwood objects. His show at Signatures Gallery is the first for this area.