Artist of the Year
Tadao Arimoto is Touchstone’s 2018 Artist of the Year. Tadao is a sculptor, woodworker and furniture designer. Born in Japan, Tadao studied industrial design at the International Design Institute in Kyoto and at Kansai University in Osaka. Mr. Arimoto became an apprentice carpenter in Kyoto and Nara about the same time that he met sculptor Shigeru Ueki, who strongly influenced the course of Arimoto’s work. He then began to work in construction of furniture in the remote mountain village of Miyama, Kyoto JAPAN.
Tadao moved to Pittsburgh in 1976, where he has taught woodworking for more than 25 years. In addition to teaching, Tadao practices his craft at his workshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as attended and taught at domestic and international workshops. In recent years, Tadao has contributed works to local universities, exhibited at national events, and was recognized as a Master Visual Artist by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. His work can be seen at Chatham University, where he designed and built exterior doors and windows, as well as benches and tables in the Sarah Heinz House. While Tadao’s focus has shifted from private works to larger and more public commissions, he invites anyone interested in his work, or in woodworking, to contact him.
Tadoa’s artist statement reads: “When a mass of rough and dry wood receives a sharp blade and is turned into a geometric shape inspired by nature, it seems to get its second life. I feel that I am an arranger of that process, selecting a best match, providing a sharp blade for the best result and bringing out the right finish. Pennsylvania is an appropriate place to do this, and it has blessed me with its rich forests of hardwood. I strive to use this resource carefully, giving the trees a second life. Arimoto Design & Woodworking creates furniture and furnishings and also executes select commissions for architectural woodworking.”
Volunteer of the Year
Doug Devlin is an architect and urban planner who lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and is the owner and principal of Devlin Architecture. With family roots in the Deep Creek, Maryland area, Devlin often wondered about Touchstone when seeing the sign on Route 40. One day, he made the left onto Wharton Furnace Road and was captivated. In taking workshops at Touchstone, Doug developed an interest in metalworking, noting that the art and craft gave him a better understanding of the medium with which he frequently works professionally. Doug has been a strong supporter of Touchstone over the past several years. A former board member, Doug continued to serve Touchstone as a volunteer. His work in helping to design, construct and manage the Community Oven Pavilion and manage the Susan Brimo-Cox Glass Studio Project ensured that the projects exceeded expectations. Doug speaks passionately about the impact his work with Touchstone has had on him, and his sharing of this message has helped Touchstone secure support for other projects.
Doug states that “there is much worth helping to preserve the resources that Touchstone provides.” We thank Doug Devlin for his dedication and contributions to Touchstone.