“ Marty” Chapman is a retired attorney, prosecutor, former McKinley High School English and Journalism teacher, WHBC newscaster/reporter and part time farmer turned wood turner and turning teacher.
He had his first one-man show, Turning Point at the 2nd April Gallerie in 2010 which represented the first comprehensive showing of individual woodturning work in the Stark county area.
Marty has shown and sold pieces through 2nd April Gallerie and the Canton Museum of Art Museum Store, the Carroll County Community Arts Council Store in Carrollton and at occasional craft shows. His work is in private and corporate collections from Minerva and Canton to San Diego, Washington DC, Seattle, Houston and as far a field as Canada and Malasia. One of his pieces was recently featured in the Stark Artthology coffeetable book from Indigo Press.His work has shown at museums in Wooster, Massillon, Carrollton and Canton.
He regularly demonstrates wood- turning and turning techniques usually free of charge to area schools, and civic groups, and has often demonstrated at craft shows and fairs, wine- tastings, First Fridays. He also teaches woodturning and router classes on a regular basis at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.
His view is that some people call it art and some call it firewood but in the end, the wood speaks for itself.