Whitefish Pottery and Stillwater Gallery present Whimsical Wood, an exhibition of work by local woodworking artist Scott Nagel. Scott’s work has an Asian influence, owing to his studies of Asian cuisine and starting Wasabi Sushi Bar (which he sold in 2008). In the past he was also a professional ice sculptor, at which time his major influences were Japanese sculptors who dominated the competition circuit. He enjoys experimenting with using different species of wood such as Douglas Fir and Larch found on his property, to attain an assortment of color and texture, and finishes his work with clear finishes to allow the wood’s natural colors to shine through. “I love the simplicity of things and clean lines, whether it is a plate presentation in a fine restaurant or a 500-year-old pagoda. I love living here in Montana by Glacier National Park and I try to incorporate a small glacial stone in all of my pieces to reflect my connection to nature. I have been woodworking for many years and hope to do so until I am dead, or I run out of wood, whichever comes first!” Opening reception is May 3rd, 6-9:00pm in conjunction with Whitefish Gallery Nights. The show will run through the month of May.