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President's Message

President's Message January-February 2020

From the President.... 

Dear Sculptors,

I’m sitting in a warm house looking at snow-covered ground outside as I write this (not in Seattle). By the time you get this the holidays will be over and our post-holiday party will be approaching (February 8th, 4pm at Marenakos – Click Here for details).

We had a nice time at a get-together in my studio a few weeks ago. We talked about textures and had a few examples in front of us plus a bunch of images to discuss. I like textures as much as the next person, but the best part was seeing my carving friends in December.

Many members have complained that they do not get notices of these events and would have liked to come. If you don’t get these email notices you aren’t in our listserve. Look at our website and click the “join the listserve” button in the lower right corner of the front page. We do not spam you and you will get notices of these events and other random interesting stone topics on an every-now-and-then basis.
http://www.nwssa.org/membership-nwssa?id=381

If you have an idea for a fun get-together when the symposiums are not in session, drop me a line.

Carve well, have fun, and wear a good respirator,

Ken Barnes

Ken Barnes

--- Ken

President's Message November-December 2019

From the President.... 

Dear Sculptors,

We are now in the “tween” period for the organization. By the time you get this the holidays will be upon us and our post-holiday party will be approaching.  

Before I had a studio roof over my head, the carving season was over, called on account of rain and cold. Now I can keep at it all year, but I miss my stone buddies. Community is what makes this organization such an amazing group. Carl Nelson was in Eugene and he got lucky enough to coincide with a potluck with a bunch of our crew there. Up in the Seattle area we had a get-together at Dan Colvin’s studio to talk about using the natural rind of the stone to enhance the sculpture’s design. In early December we’ll have a get-together at my studio to talk about textures. Sure, I want to hear the cool stuff that others have done with texture, but I also relish the chance to be with my community. 

The energy we all feel at the symposia seems to reside in each of us, every day. 

If you have an idea for a fun get-together when the symposiums are not in session, drop me a line. 

Carve well, have fun, and wear a good respirator,

Ken Barnes

--- Ken

President's Message September-October 2019

From the President.... 

I’m sitting with the afterglow of wonderful events at both Pilgrim Firs and Suttle Lake. We had excellent participation, good guest artists, and our typical strongly supportive community. I take it for granted that everyone will be friendly, open, helpful and enjoyable. But then I remind myself that we have a unique community at NWSSA.

I recently dug out an older t-shirt from a prior symposium with the Stone Cycle emblazoned on the back. Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. After this many years of carving I’ve come realize I have been moving through a Stoner Cycle. Ignorance, then metamorphosis as I matured in my art, now moving into senescence. May your stone cycle be blessed.
Ken Barnes

--- Ken