NWSSA Events in 2020
NWSSA Winter Party
Annual pot-luck dinner Winter Party hosted at Marenakos Stone Center. Saturday, February 8th beginning at 4 pm. We will send out an email invitation with pot-luck sign up in January.
NWSSA Stone Carving Symposiums
Our symposiums offer communal space, educational opportunities, and inspiration for carvers of all levels of experience from professionals to beginners. Immerse yourself in a community of dusty, welcoming artists and experience how stone carving can be such a powerful and versatile medium and a meditative practice.
Pilgrim Firs Stone Carving Symposium - July 11-19th
The largest of our gatherings, Pilgrim Firs allows for 80-110 carvers to set up workspaces for eight days in July. The camp features cabins and lodges, meals, and recreation set in the beautiful forests of the Kitsap Peninsula. The symposium features multiple invited guest artists from around the world, a beginner’s tent, a jade carving workshop and workspace, presentations, an auction, a party, and nightly campfires. Saturday the 18th of July will be a free, open to the public Sculpture Show.Suttle Lake Stone Carving Symposium - Aug 9-16th
More intimate and more rustic, Camp Sisters is set on gorgeous Suttle Lake in Central Oregon. The Camp features cabins, meals, kayaking and hiking. 50-70 carvers convene here for a full week of carving together. The symposium has a strong connection with Japan and has been creating an active exchange bringing sculptors over each year. Suttle Lake features a beginner’s workshop with space and tools to learn, a jade carving workshop, nightly presentations, an auction, a party, and an open to the public Sculpture Show.
Women’s Carving Retreat - June 5-7th
In its fourth year, the Women’s Carving Retreat welcomes up to 20 women to carve outside the Old Alcohol Plant Inn overlooking a marina on Puget Sound. The retreat provides a welcoming and comfortable space to explore stone carving and features Artists In Action, a public Sculpture Show the last day.