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Wood Sculpture: LaVon Williams

LaVon Williams’ stained reliefs and figures carved out of wood capture church-going men and women, jazz players, and couples, all inspired by African-American history and culture. This fifth generation wood carver talks about he influences on his work, which include his family, the tradition of wood carving in the African American community, and jazz. He calls the resulting wood sculptures “urban folk art.”

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