Cote and Rendezvous sponsor artistic evening

15 years ago
By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

    LIMESTONE — Dining in at the Rendezvous never looked so good as it did on Dec. 18 when local artist Tom Cote brought some holiday cheer to the restaurant as he carved ornaments and displayed various pieces of artwork for diners to enjoy.

Image    One of many pieces of art showcased at the Rendezvous on Dec. 18 included this wood carving by Tom Cote. The carving depicts the home in Caswell that Cote grew up in.

    Cote and Rendezvous owner Wayne Langley have worked together on previous projects, including putting together floats for the Limestone Fourth of July Parade and holding a Princess Tea during last years’ Fourth of July events in the town.
    Seasonal carvings at the Rendezvous have become a tradition for Cote and  Langley, but carving has been a 4-generation family tradition that will continue with Cote’s granddaughter Elizabeth Bencivenga
    Bencivenga, the fifth generation carver, is currently Cote’s apprentice.
    She enjoys learning from her grandfather, and it was his artistic works that initially sparked an interest for her in woodcarving. The first piece that she created was a carving of a head of a horse, and Cote taught her how to do it step-by-step.

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    Local artist Tom Cote carved away at the Rendezvous on Friday night; Cote and Rendezvous owner Wayne Langley get together periodically to host a deliciously artistic and appetizing event where customers can enjoy locally made artwork and culinary specialties.

    “She picks very involved objects to carve for a young carver, so my most emphasized instruction to her is to slow down when she’s getting toward the end,” Cote said.
    Bencivenga, however, finds that it’s harder to put that first chip into a piece of wood than it is to finish a piece.  
    An artistic meeting of generational minds has been beneficial for both grandfather and daughter; for Bencivenga, she enjoys the flexibility of being able to work with him on a piece at any time. The two of them meet artistically at least once a week and Bencivenga carves independently about three times a week.
    Bencivenga also bring a new perspective of carving to Cote because of the things she likes to carve. For instance, she’s just finishing up a carousel horse and is working on a relief of the seven dwarves while Cote’s art tends to focus more on the natural.
    While not every student of Cote’s will receive the roughly 300 summer hours that he spends with Bencivenga, he also hold art camps for youths during the summer.