Artist in Residence Program
Creativity is making marvelous out of the discarded.
Legacy Architectural Salvage’s Artists in Residence are an inspiration—turning antique handcarts into coffee tables, crafting charcuterie boards out of reclaimed wood, and creating intricate collages from vintage ephemera.
Mark Gansor is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the early 1990s, while supporting himself as a church organist and freelance piano accompanist, he began experimenting with decorative painting as a hobby. Soon it blossomed into a full-time profession, with Mark rendering decorative finishes, faux effects, plasters, and murals throughout eastern North Carolina and the Grand Strand of South Carolina. He worked in both residential and commercial settings, including painting in several buildings that are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Completely self taught, he learned the painting craft through reading books and studying the work of others. He has been trained in the application of fine Venetian plasters and has taken master classes in Trompe l’oeil painting. For roughly a decade, Mark has been painting works on canvas and has had very good success with it. He is represented by Art in Bloom gallery, located downtown. At Legacy Architectural Salvage, Mark finds endless interesting objects to paint!
Deborah’s creative journey as an artist was strongly influenced by her grandmother Ruby, with whom she spent many creative summers as a child. Deborah’s love of anything old, worn, torn, and rusty is the soul of her art! Using salvaged objects such as door and window hardware, chandelier crystals, and other found objects, combined with bits and pieces of pre-1920s ephemera, Deborah creates unique mixed media art and assemblage jewelry. She layers components for a particular piece of art until she finds the right combination and complement of elements: “My goal as an artist is to take an eclectic mix of items and textures and incorporate them into a cohesive piece of art that tells a story.”
John Kendall started his woodworking career as a child, always building things. During his adult years, he remodeled homes in Virginia and California, and he’s now in the process of completely remodeling his house in the Pine Valley neighborhood! Four years ago, he began to volunteer at Legacy Architectural Salvage, where he concentrated on building furniture, repairing household items, and refinishing old furniture. Here in our warehouse, he’s been known to turn antique handcarts into coffee tables, reclaimed wood into dining tables and charcuterie boards, and so much more!
Steve is the creator of Wolf Camp Woodworks. Steve’s fascination with trees began in childhood and his love of woodworking started in his teens in his grandfather’s basement. His high school shop teacher provided early guidance and later, as an assistant in a small cabinet shop, Steve refined his skills. But his real teacher was a sustainably managed forest where he spent years as a woodsman and sawyer. This was where he developed his keen appreciation for the lumber of different species, including those of “junk trees,” like box elder and osage orange. Similarly, Steve is able to see the value in the salvaged goods at Legacy, where he has volunteered for three years, assisting with deconstructions, serving as our resident lumber expert, and indulging in his obsession as “the door guy.” He reads extensively and always seeks to improve his skills, drawing on relatively low tech historical techniques, in order to produce classic goods of lasting value.