The first, “Force of Nature: The Ironworks of Russell Colvin,” opened on Nov. 3 and runs through the end of the month.
Colvin is a Walker County native and owner of Blackwater Forge, Inc., a horseshoeing supplies store in Dolomite.
Colvin has been involved with ironworks since 1983, when he attended the Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School.
“When I began making shoes and tools, I enjoyed it so much that I started making other things as a hobby and have been selling them ever since,” Colvin said.
Among Colvin’s pieces currently on display at Camp McDowell’s St. Francis Chapel are a Christmas tree candle holder, bronze roses and metal vines wrapped around driftwood found along the banks of Clear Creek.
Folk school director Sarah Nee said she learned about Colvin while researching local blacksmiths for a potential project in Bethany Village, an expansion of Camp McDowell that is currently in its fundraising phase.
Nee added that the purpose of the exhibits is to highlight the work of local artists and to draw more visitors from Walker County to the camp, which is located in Nauvoo just across the Walker-Winston county line.
“We hear all the time, ‘I’ve heard of Camp McDowell, but I’ve never been before,’” Nee said.
Next month’s exhibit is “The Holy Church of Light: Selected Photographs by Dale Short.”