The Arts Directory Of Transylvania County, NC
Fine Arts and Crafts
Wood art created through different methods, mainly the wood lathe. Carved and painted after turning.
Holland Van Gores was born in Southern California. From an early age, Van Gores had an interest in making things from wood. His artist mother taught him the beauty of nature and the limitless diversity of shapes, textures, and colors, as well as the wonder they emanate. His father taught him how to use tools which, together, resulted in his evolving artistry.
Holland spent 34 years in the Virgin Islands in building construction; many of those years spent living on his sailboat. With his tools on board, he combined his love of the sea and woodworking.
Most of his work is done using fallen or discarded trees as he saw firsthand the devastation clear cutting did to the area where he had lived in Costa Rica. 2013 brought a major change to the Van Gores family as they moved from the island of St. Thomas to the Brevard area and now call it home. Holland is a respected member of the Number 7 Arts Gallery in Brevard (number7arts.com) and also shows his work at Studios at Flat Rock in North Carolina.