a polychrome painted birdhouse in the form of a traditional Russian church with three onion domes, metal bead detail, signed "Jeanne Arena" (19.25 x 9.5 in.); a whirligig figure of a Cossack, signed "N. Arena" (19 x 6 in.)
Additional high-resolution photos are available at LelandLittle.comThe Arenas began collecting wood carvings on their honeymoon in Italy and Sicily in 1958. Then, in retirement, Nicholas began carving for himself. He carved more than 30 figures; one was of Uncle Sam protesting "U.S. flag burning" during Desert Storm in 1991. He sent this carving to the president of the United States and received a phone call and official letter of thanks from the White House. Another of Arena's carvings is at the Smithsonian Institution. He exhibited his work at the Jay Johnson Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York and the Hunt's Gallery in Greenwich, Conn.