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President's Message

President's Message Nov-Dec 2015

Carl Nelson

The planning for Seattle’s 2016 Flower and Garden Show in February has begun. Kerin Monica Hawkinson has agreed to take on the coordination of this year's NWSSA booth at the show. As a member, you may display your work at this show where thousands of people will see it. Watch for the NWSSA list serve notice in your email or check our web site for details starting after Thanksgiving, to make your submission. If you have never participated before, this is a good way to get started with displaying your work.

Reserve the evening of Saturday January 23rd 2016 for an informal workshop/discussion/salon at Batya Freidman’s home in Seattle. The discussion will be a follow-up on last year's: "Art, Design, and Intention - All to What End?"  It promises to be an evening filled with good conversation, so check the workshops part of the NWSSA web site in December.

Last year Lakewold Gardens presented an opportunity for NWSSA members to display large outdoor pieces in an extraordinary setting

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One thing we heard from members was that the display time for big outdoor pieces was short. We are working with Lakewold so that this year large pieces will be on display from early-mid April until mid-late September. If you have large outdoor pieces please consider participating in Lakewold this year and keep an eye out for the call.

May you flourish in the coming months and your work area be filled with chips, dust, and mud -- if you work wet.

Carve proud




President's Message Sept-Oct 2015

Carl Nelson

"What's your iconography?"

This is an important question for an artist and one that we answer unconsciously every time we shape a stone or make a mark. What we bring to that effort is the history and experience of our lives and whether it is ancient Greek and Roman, Renaissance, Abstract, Contemporary, Mickey and Minnie, anime, or smiley faces, it will be reflected in the result. At some point afterwards, when we look back at our work, we can perhaps see those icons we absorbed and hopefully something new that has been synthesized from the life we live. My hope is that, as a community of artists, we continue to engage and support one another and feed what we need to make our icons meaningful and well formed. I encourage you to continue to talk about the stuff of life and these kinds of questions. I have benefited greatly from this community and am grateful. May the coming months be filled with family, friends, and the demands of making stone chips, dust, and your own iconography.




President's Message May-June 2015

Did you get to Lakewold Gardens to  see the large outside pieces and the smaller pieces on display in the mansion? It was an excellent showing of our members work in a very nice venue; rumor has it a piece or two may have sold. They have asked us to consider showing large pieces again next spring, possibly extending the outdoor display from April until September, so think about carving something big for next year. Speaking of something big, the Bellingham "Regional Sculptors, Regional Stone" show opens June 5th. Check out the write up elsewhere in the Journal and please come to see what has been assembled. It's all stone and all NWSSA members.
Carl Nelson

Pat Barton has been successful (relentless) in working with the local Rock and Gem clubs in the Puget Sound region to display and sell our carving work. A big thanks to those members who displayed work at those shows. Pat's work has resulted in NWSSA being invited to talk at their local meetings about stone carving and coming to Camp B and Suttle Lake symposiums. Laster year, we had 2 new attendees from rock and gem clubs.

Note that our August symposium had changed locations. It is now at Suttle Lake, near Sisters, Oregon.

For me, the winter and spring was filled with carving and travel (more to follow) so the NWSSA winter/spring party didn't happen. The only consolation I can offer is a picnic in the park on June 20th. Thanks to Cyra Jane Hobson, we have a grassy area reserved at Volunteer Park in Seattle for a picnic, to display a piece or two, and to invite the public to chat and eat with us. Check out or Facebook for details and set aside June 20th as a day to socialize and enjoy time with your fellow carvers.

Until then, Carve Proud,