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President's Message - July/Aug 1996

I'm still trying to adjust to the demands of the "real" world after two weeks at the Symposium at Camp Brotherhood. Amid the frenetic demands of the marketplace, my mind wanders nostalgically to the warm interaction between new and old friends and the creative momentum we shared. I'm still digesting all the stimulation of new art, lectures, workshops, new tools, new procedures, and shared insights.


I would like to thank each of you who attended for making the ninth annual symposium a great success. Also, a special accolade to the administrative and support staff: Brian, Gwen, Hank, Lavina and Steve, who insured a smooth and effective event. Vic, we are all eternally in your debt for a job well done.


Tracy, Meredith, Ward, Dorby, Uchida San, Thomas, Vasily, Terry, Carol, Ron, Bill, Tendayi, Boris, Everett and Hong Lee: we all grew because of what you so generously provided through instruction and lecturing.


In view of so many benefits we experience, I feel it is appropriate to focus on those individuals who provided the foundation and spirit for what we now know as the Symposium experience. Meg Pettibone for recognizing the need and start of the Association, Richard Bayer for hosting the fIrst two Symposiums on his property, and George Pratt who so generously shared his knowledge, his tools, and his spirit year after year, and Vic Picou, our guiding light and director of Symposia, who has led us to our current success. We thank you!


Next stop, Lake Cowichon and the Second Annual Vancouver Island Stone Sculpture Symposium. I can hardly wait!


Rich Hestekind

President's Message - May/June 1996

I hope this edition of the newsletter finds each of you in an exuberance of creative energy! As I think of the symposia coming up so soon I fmd myself swept up in a growing level of excitement. I think of old friends I'll be able to see and new friends I'll meet. I think of the exposure to new ideas, new technologies, new tools, and new materials, the beautiful setting and the creative and enabling environment...


I would like to explore a few thoughts on the direction of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association. In addition to what we as a community have realized and continue to thrive in, we must look towards our future and new opportunities. Most of you know that the NWSSA is a non-profit and now a tax deductible organization. With the exception of how we display our art for sale, who we are and what we do remains the same. To enable the sales of our sculpture, a business for profit, the Sculpture Cooperative Northwest has been established.


With our new ability to solicit both public and private funding, we now will be able to realize projects, establish a facility, and program events, otherwise inaccessible due to a lack of fmancial support. Clarity of vision and purpose, along with well articulated goals, are critical to this phase of our development. We, as the board of directors, are working on those issues. We will soon present a report for your examination.


See you soon!

Rich Hestekind

President's Message - March/Apr 1996

After what seemed like a long winter, it is rejnvenative to finally experience the exuberance of spring.


This year we have an abundance of opportunity to expand our abilities, our ideas, our materials and tools, and our circle of friends. Beginning with the Chinook workshop retreat, followed by the Silver Falls, Oregon Symposium, the Camp Brotherhood Symposium, and the Vancouver Island Symposium, our calendar is full.


The Sculptors' Cooperative is gaining momentum, in both it's structural and administrative development. I would encourage those of you who would like to help in its growth to consider becoming a hoard member Of joining one of the support committees. I would like to thank Ivan and Boris for their tireless and dedicated efforts in handling the ongoing business of the cooperative to date.


I also would like to express my appreciation to each of you who participated in our presentation at the 1996 Flower and Garden Show at the Seattle Convention Center. Our displays were enthusiastically received by the attending public and the professional design community.


Keep in touch!

Richard Hestekind