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Renowned woodturner joins Gallery 164

Mike McKinney is a Maggie Valley woodturner. File photo Mike McKinney is a Maggie Valley woodturner. File photo

Gallery 164 in Waynesville welcomes esteemed woodturner Mike McKinney to its roster of talented artists. In celebration of this exciting addition, Gallery 164 will host a reception for McKinney during Art After Dark from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in downtown Waynesville. 

McKinney, a fourth-generation woodworker, brings a rich legacy of craftsmanship and familial tradition to Gallery 164. With a profound connection to his woodworking roots, McKinney’s work is characterized by exquisite craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. From natural-edge bowls to intricately carved ornaments, his creations evoke timeless beauty and admiration for the natural materials.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike McKinney to Gallery 164,” said Jerry Jackson, owner of Gallery 164. “His dedication to excellence and mastery of the craft aligns perfectly with our commitment to showcasing exceptional artists. We eagerly anticipate sharing his extraordinary talent with our discerning clientele.”

McKinney’s journey into woodworking began as a cherished bond with his grandfather and flourished under the mentorship of his father. After a distinguished career in banking, McKinney redirected his focus to woodworking, spending countless hours in his woodshop in Maggie Valley, turning locally sourced and reclaimed wood into stunning pieces of art.

Gallery 164 is located at 164 South Main Street in Waynesville. It features diverse traditional and contemporary work, including paintings, photography, ceramics, wood, glass and metals. 

For more information, call 252.813.3489 or go to gallery164.com. To learn about McKinney, go to mikemckinneywoodturning.com.

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