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The Last Flower & Garden Show - March/Apr 2009

Moving the NWSSA booth down to the main sales floor was a huge success for attendance, interest and sculpture sales (17). Of the five days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday were elbow room only! We were lucky to get a corner booth to catch people from two sides. Our hand carving demo booth was in the front corner where people stopped to watch and lined up to give the stones a whack. Both adults and children were excited to see how carving is done while experiencing a couple of minutes with hammer and chisel.

 

Displayed next to the carving booth was a roughed-out  s alabaster mother with ducklings on her back along with a photo depicting the inspiration by Nicky Oberholtzer. This is a vital stage in understanding the process of carving.

 

To get more interest and understanding about our symposiums, Leon created a story board across the back curtain with 8 x10 photos from Camp B. Showing the layout of the field, sculptors working under their canopies, the stone yard and a night shot with a group sitting around our new fire pit. This visual seemed to help folks make a “connection.” Having handed out several hundred flyers, the true test will be to see how many sign up for a symposium.

 

I wish to thank Nicky Oberholtzer, Jim Heltsley, and Tom Francis for assisting with the prep work and sitting shifts. A special thanks to Nicky who worked the booth daily from 9am to 8pm with endless enthusiasm. Her Grande Mocha’s really helped!

Many thanks to other booth sitters, Bob Olander, Gus Schairer, Rich Andler, Sharon Feeney, Bill Laprade, Tamara Buchanan, Terry Slaton, Susan Harris, and Lonny Morgan who is not yet a member and drove up from Portland, Oregon to see what we are all about!

 

Ed. Note: According to the media, this was Seattle’s last Flower and Garden show.

Leon's Sculpture Show News

The NWSSA annual member’s exhibit at the Kirsten Gallery is just around the corner. This year’s show will be September 12 through October 16. It’s not too early to begin making your plans to show at the Kirsten.

 

And in other news: the SKY NURSERY at Aurora and 187th in Seattle has just built a huge atrium, half the size of a football field and forty feet high. Yes, that’s big. I stopped in the other day to find out that they are very interested in having outdoor sculpture on display. The grand opening is set for May of next year. I was told that they will be able to take just about any size sculpture and it could probably stay there all of next summer. You still have time to start that life size marble Giraffe you’ve always wanted to carve.

 

Time has a way of moving more quickly than we think it can, so call me for details about the KIRSTEN or the SKY NURSERY at: 206-922-3241 or email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NWSSA at Seattle's Flower and Garden Show - Mar/Apr 2002

The NWSSA booth at Seattle’s 2002 Flower and Garden Show was a success in many ways. The show is a big city event and if you haven’t attended, it is beyond your wildest imagination. Thousands of people saw our sculpture display and became acquainted with our association. It was an additional treat for people to see Richard Hestekind’s prize-winning sculpture garden on the main floor. New members joined and several people signed up for symposiums. Two sculptures were sold at the show and two commissions were offered. Anthony Kaufman experienced a big thrill selling his large and wonderful outdoor basalt sculpture. “Oh thank goodness, now I can carve for two more months,” he said, eyes twinkling. Many of us experienced renewed energy just talking with others interested in stone sculpture. As Markos Weiss said, “I enjoyed volunteering and think it is a good idea to have carvers of all skill levels personning the booth. I am now motivated to display one of my works next year.”


It takes a lot of help to run the booth. This year many thanks go to the 25 people who participated, most standing at least one six hour shift at the booth. Bill Brayman organized the event and set up the booth. Leon White helped transport materials, set up the booth, and provided several great pedestals for the dozen or so sculptures displayed. Nicky Oberholtzer also spent a lot of time at the booth. She labeled the sculptures on display, put together a group portfolio, provided ongoing booth supervision, and a few house plants for good measure. Nicky, Leon, and Rich provided knowledge and advice on booth setup and operations. Thanks to Sabah Al-Dhaher, Arliss Newcomb, Anthony, and others who helped booth setup and takedown. Special thanks to Lloyd for making sure things happened. Thanks to Pacific Plants of Issaquah for loaning us six nice shrubs.