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Meleah Gabhart Art

Chapel Hill, NC

I am a North Carolina-based sculptor whose art is a kaleidoscope of wood pieces from mills, discarded furniture, and fallen trees. My sculptures bring carved wood shapes and their natural colors into vibrant mosaics, to bring a feeling of the wildness and movement of nature into the space.

Without a doubt, my non-traditional childhood taught me to know that I could do anything I wanted to do. With beauty, dedication and perseverance.

Having an “eye” for design and presentation was considered important in our household. Even cooking and simple tasks were done with ingenuity and style.

While I did not ever attend school regularly, my parents taught me subjects they found interesting, often using drawing and perspective as a technique for learning, plus learning the basics of survival on our wilderness ranch.

My inspiration for my wood pieces originally came from creating huge original tile mosaic commissions. I became restless for more organic shapes and less satisfied with the sharp tile pieces, so I almost accidentally turned to wood when I ran out of a particular tile on the job site. My new art was born within months.

I LOVE to turn reclaimed wood, often bits and pieces from sawmills or old wood furniture, into….TREES. I think the wood gets a good laugh out of that. At the very least, it honors its original state.

Mordecai Beverage Co. in Raleigh has one of my large sculptures above their taps, and Summit Engineering in Hillsborough, NC has a sculptural grove of 7 trees in their lodge.

in 2020, I was featured in Raleigh magazine for Tres Trees, a large public sculpture gracing the recently unveiled Midtown East development in Raleigh, NC, where I was chosen to help create a natural and inspiring space.

My works are featured in private and public spaces across the USA and in Poland and Israel.
Wescover creator since 2020

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