The first Chat with Champions of 2011 will feature Jacques Vesery, an artist/sculptor from Damariscotta who has lived in Maine for 20 years and has shown and taught at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

Vesery will offer a slide talk about his work Thursday, Jan. 6 in the Porter Meeting Hall of Skidompha Library, Elm Street entrance, beginning 10 a.m.

Striving to create an illusion of reality, Vesery’s vision and inspiration begins with repetitive patterns derived from “the golden mean” or “divine proportions.” A marriage of pattern, form and proportion conveys a sense of growth from within each of his pieces. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu, Yale University Art Gallery and The Carnegie Museum. He was a Maine Arts Commission Fellow for 2000 and winner of the Sculptural Pursuit Third Annual Sculpture Competition in 2006.

Vesery has lectured on design and concepts within his work in France, Italy, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and 28 U.S. states at such locations as Journees Mondiales du Tournage D’art Sur Bois Congres, Loughborough University, Anderson Ranch, ‘Aha Hana Lima, Hawaii, and Maine’s Haystack Mountain School. He has been included in more than 20 publications and will have work in ”100 Artists of New England,” to be released in spring 2011. Other books include “Scratching the Surface,” “Wood Art Today,” “Nature Transformed” and “New Masters of Woodturning.”

Vesery has curated a number of exhibitions including the upcoming “Playing Well With Others: Collaboration in Wood” in the fall of 2012. Some upcoming exhibits that will include his work are “Roots; An Artist’s Voice” at the Wood Art Gallery in St. Paul, Minn.; “CREATE: The Mysterious Art of Wood” at Cape Fear Studios in North Carolina; and “Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection” at the Minneapolis Art Institute.

At Skidompha, Vesery will share his views on inspiration, evolution and the challenges in creating “objects that touch the soul” through an image presentation. As his work is exhibited mostly outside the state of Maine, this is an opportunity to view many pieces from the last few years. He also will have some actual pieces, both finished and in progress, on hand.

The Chats programs are sponsored by The First and generally are held the first Thursday of the month. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 563-5513.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.