Henry Gauthier ’74


Wind in His Sails

Henry Gauthier’s passions have tacked and swelled through the years, carrying him from Bullocks Cove, Riverside, through a business degree and a career in architectural woodwork, and most recently washing ashore at the Providence Art Club.

There, the Wickford, R.I., resident won a prestigious national sculpture prize this spring.

Retirement was supposed to be about flipping houses. But two years ago he set out to carve his wife a gift, and set a new course. Now a scrap of figured mahogany, a spray of white coral or an old ice skate whisper to him of a different, more nautical life. His sculptures move, should they ever need to take the wind; found objects become base and boat, while Gauthier’s chisel finds the sail hidden in beech or yellow pine. “URI,” he reflects, “tuned me up to make creative connections.”

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—Pippa Jack