wood Lensink Creations Brian Lensink Phone: 480-280-6855 2431 E. Goldenrod St Phoenix, AZ 85048 www.lensinkcreations.com
I have been working with my hands and tools for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would be making things all the time and had my own toolbox. My interest in art and sculpture came later. During high school, I enjoyed all my shop and art classes and was able to get A’s, which was a nice balance to some of my grades in courses I didn’t enjoy quite as much. These interests led me to a major in Industrial Arts Education at the University of Minnesota. While at the University, I focused my studies on the areas of graphic arts, woodworking, metalworking, and photography. I minored in Special Education with a specialty in developmental disabilities. Working in this area helped fund my continued education.
Upon graduation in 1968, the Special Education minor won out when I was faced with the real-life decision of “making a living”, but the ability to work with my hands and with tools continued to be a major interest and brought great satisfaction. I went on to get a Master’s degree in educational administration. Ultimately, I became the State director of developmental disabilities services in Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut where tremendous work was done to transform services for people with disabilities from institutionally based to community-based, person-centered supports. Work was also done establishing supports for families as people tended to stay at home where they could go to public school and participate in their communities.
In 1978, I visited an art exhibition that was to be a “life changing event” for me – the Calder’s Universe Exhibition. I was absolutely captivated by Calder’s work and his ingenious designs, whimsical imagination, and creative use of materials. That captivation has never subsided and for many years I created mobiles and stabiles that were sold in galleries in Tucson, AZ, Nashville, TN, Hartford, CT, and San Francisco, CA. When I retired in 2012, I stumbled into wood turning. Since then it has become my passion and currently consumes most of my time. I have studied full time to learn and master new techniques and to skillfully use the many tools and machinery used in crafting the objects I create. Over the past eight years, I have shown my work at various Art Fairs and in several galleries including:
Art Fairs and Festivals
Carefree Arts Festival, AZ, 2016
Sedona Arts Festival, AZ – Summer 2017, Best of Show in Wood
Tempe Festival of the Arts, AZ, Spring 2017
Scottsdale Arts Festival, AZ, 2018, 2019, 2020
Tucson Museum of Art, Artisan’s Market, AZ– Spring & Fall 2018, Spring & Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Tucson Museum of Art Gift Shop, Tucson, AZ
Nina Kuzina Gallery, Nashville, TN
The Arts Company, Nashville, TN
Faust Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ and Santa Fe, NM
Caza Sikes Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Arizona State Fair, Fine Arts Gallery, First and Second Place Ribbons