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Wood and mirrors on display at Colleton Library | News | The Press and Standard

by | August 25, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

By Vicki Brown, Reference Librarian

Colleton County Memorial Library

Life hasn’t always been easy for chef and artist John Lollar, Jr., but is certainly has been interesting.

For over 25 years, Lollar has been known for not only sculpting delicious delicacies in wax, ice, and chocolate, but also for sculpting in wood using a scalpel.

As a descendant of African Americans and Native Americans, Lollar uses the history of his people as themes for his woodcrafts.

“This is a new form of American art,” Lollar said when asked about his medium.

His themes reflect the victimization of all races and cultures, yet show how those people have grown stronger through hardship and struggles.

For many years Lollar had to put away his wood crafting tools in order to become a father. He and his wife adopted several children in need of a good family. Adoption rules and policies forbade him using sharp tools and chemicals around the children. When asked if he regretted giving up his craft for such a long time, he just smiled and said, “not at all.” He continued to work as a chef for over 40 years.

But now the children are grown and his passion is back. He is taking up where he left off.

“I enjoy wood and working with it to see what I can create,” said Lollar. “My first pieces were simple, but as I developed my skills, the designs have grown more intricate and complex.”

His more popular work is a grouping of mirrors entitled, “Reflections.” Not only can the observer see him or herself while examining the wood, but the mirrors cause the viewer to reflect on the carvings surrounding the mirrors and contemplate how his or her own character fits within or relates to each theme. They are truly remarkable.

John Lollar is a true Renaissance man. He lives to create beauty, not only for himself, but for others.

Cameron Doby, a visitor to the library said, “In many ways, his work is expressionistic. He speaks to you through his work. The mirrors really add to the artwork.”

Lollar’s work will be on display for the next two weeks at the Colleton County Memorial Library. It is free to view, and everyone is welcome visit and make comments in his journal. Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on your life, and the life of an artist.



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