Luft Gardens, located at 7 Newport Bridge Rd. in Warwick, is known for its artistic gourds and other local art. Currently being featured at their outdoor studio are wood carvings by chainsaw artist, Fidias Vasquez. Vazquez, who was born in San Antonio de Ibarra, the wood carving capital of Ecuador, has been artist-in-residence at the Luft Farm property for only a 30-day period. He will return to his home in Romania in mid-November.
Fidias has lived in Transylvania, Romania, and worked at Count Dracula’s Castle (Castle Bran). He is completing studies for a Ph.D. in art restoration and another Ph.D. in sculpture. His parents, also from Ecuador, met during studies in Romania and urged him to follow his passion for art and sculpture.
The artist first met property-owner Jennifer Luft Flis more than 10 years ago, as a student in her English class in Ecuador, where she worked as an English-language teacher. Her eye for unique artistry eventually led to an invitation to Vasquez to visit the Luft Gardens in Warwick. Flis eventually plans to display Vasquez’s creations in a park for children with special needs.
Unlike many typical chainsaw carvings that feature indigenous fauna like white-tailed dear, black bear, and birds of prey, Fidias Vasquez opts for the fanciful and imaginary such as dragons, castles, gnomes, and wizards. His tools include different size chain saws, rotary saws and wood sculpting tools.
For more information, call Luft Gardents at 248-3766.