Silver Falls Stone Sculptors Symposium
August 23rd - 28th, 2014 - Oregon
Stone carvers are invited to convene at the Silver Falls State Park Conference center for 5 days of sculpting fun. Under the lush canopy of Douglas fir trees, this inclusive community sets up a circle of tents to carve, share, learn and be invigorated. From the beginner's tent to the professional's tool chest, there are ample ways to advance one's ideas, talents and learning. Please join us to connect with other artists.
Extensive carving sessions are interspersed with informative classes and stimulating sculpting lessons. Field instructors are always available to help noodle through your challenges. Bring your gear (if you are a beginner, we have tools you can use), connect to our power, water and air sources and peruse the tools and variety of stones being carved and available for purchase.
We provide meals and comfortable lodge rooms to relax in between activities. Our evenings bring professionals to show their images and expertise in a broad range of sculpture. Revel under the stars at the campfire before turning in for a well-deserved rest.
East Meets West; From Classical to High Tech This year, the Silver Falls Stone Carving Symposium brings together world class sculpting masters for a unique opportunity to provide instruction and discuss where we are today. From classical Roman figurative sculpture, to modern minimalism and the new high tech tools and techniques, our instructors provide knowledge and inspiration for all attendees.
Kazutaka Uchida: Uchida Sensei from Japan returns as guest sculptor. He will share his insights on the clean lines, subtle beauty and harmonious balance of sculptural forms, nature and Japanese aesthetics.
Matt Auvinen: Classically trained in Italy, Matt’s figurative sculptures focus on cultural artifacts and composition in his statuary and bas-relief marble installations.
Tracy Powell: Tracy is a self-taught master in wood and stone carving. He has taught numerous hand tool carving workshops on Whidbey Island and uses his naturalistic style to tell stories, create memorials and public art monuments.
Stuart Kendall: Stuart, founder of the Solstice Studio, blends art, fabrication and engineering to create technically advanced custom stone cutting equipment for large scale projects, including the Ten Thousand Year Clock.
Tool & Safety Talks with Dan Michael: Dan of Olympia, WA will display an array of power carving tools and methods while explaining safe operation.
Celebration of Life; Paul Buckner: On Sunday afternoon, August 24th, NWSSA is hosting a gathering of former students and friends to celebrate the legacy of Professor Emeritus Paul Buckner (1933-2014). Paul is remembered for his work in stone, metal, and wood and his legacy of fine arts teaching. Please join us to celebrate a man who epitomized the “highest ideal of the word ‘teacher’ ”.
Evening Presenters & Field Instructors:
Saturday: Tracy Powell & Matt Auvinen
Sunday afternoon: Celebration of Life: Paul Buckner
Sunday evening: Kazutaka Uchida & Ken Barnes
Monday Suart Kendall & Kentaro Kojima
Tuesday Scholarship Auction FUN for a CAUSE!
Wednesday Slide Presentation & Campfire
Sign up early to reserve your spot for an international hit this summer! Work study positions and University of Oregon college credit are available by application.
Tuition includes: instruction, beginner’s tools, workshops, mentoring, meals and accommodations. Upon registration, you will receive a package of information; your confirmation, information on Silver Falls Conference Center, a list of things to bring and more.
Once again, we're offering an early arrival option for those of you who wish to come on Friday, August 22nd. Come for dinner or arrive later Friday evening & have breakfast with us. Otherwise, regular check-in starts at 9:30 am on Saturday, August 23rd, and lunch will be the first meal served (last meal: breakfast Thursday, August 28th).
NWSSA Member (double occupancy, 5 days) $750
Non-Member(double occupancy, 5 days) $850
NWSSA Member Single Room $893
Early Arrival Friday Night (Dinner, B&B) $105
Early Arrival Friday Night (B&B) $90
Day Rate/overnight (includes 3 meals and lodging) $165
Day Rate (includes lunch & dinner) $95
Student Day Rate (no meals included) $50
* University of Oregon college credit available
1-3 Credits: $150 per credit undergraduate; $225 per credit graduate
To Download & Print the Mail-In Registration form - REGISTRATION CLOSED
To apply for a Work Study position - POSITIONS FILLED
We listened to your input and have begun scheduling half to full day workshops to bring small groups of carvers together. [CLICK HERE] look them over for the details and register.
Sept. 26-28th 2014 - Abstract on Orcas
Fall we will have workshop at Portland Community College - check back
We are looking to also bring together people in the Eugene/Salem/Vancouver British Columbia area.
We'll keep you informed and ask that you keep checking the "Upcoming Workshops" (under "Events and News") part of the web site.
Here are some of the workshops we have held, if you'd like to see them presented agian, drop us a note: Sharpening Tools, Marenakos, Pedestals, Photographing 3D Art, Neolithic Stone Tour , Turning Your Stone into Bronze, Carving Face and Human Head, Working From Your Strengths To Find YOUR Way, Professional Photography of your Artwork, Carving the Human Figure,
AND to further encourage new and renewing members, the board has decided to reduce NWSSA membership to $45. If you plan on attending two or more workshops, becoming a member makes good sense. Take a look and see if
Our mission is to nurture the community of stone sculptors by developing educational opportunities, providing a support system to members, and facilitating interaction with regional, national, and international communities.To learn about becoming a member of Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) click here (or click on "Become a Member" to the right of your screen).
NWSSA is an association of stone sculptors that was founded in 1984 by Meg Pettibone in Seattle. Our first symposium was in 1986 in the Methow Valley east of the Cascade mountains in Washington state. We have since grown to include stone sculptors and associates throughout the western US, Canada, and other parts of the world. We are a federal tax exempt status 501c nonprofit membership organization.