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 Olympic 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 19th will be an 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.
Shows, exhibitions, workshops and social events
The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association regularly coordinates shows, exhibitions, workshops and social events to support our members and community.
One of the largest home and garden shows in the country, the NW Flower and Garden Show brings in over 60,000 people to view the garden exhibits and shop with vendors. NWSSA reserves a large booth and invites members to exhibit their sculptures. We bring a demo booth and happily teach the basics of hand tooling to anyone interested as well. We’ve been participating in this show for nearly 30 years now.
We set up a pop-up sculpture show in Seattle’s iconic Volunteer Park on a plush green lawn between the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Conservatory.
Participating members enjoy a steady stream of park goers curious about their work and learning about sculpture, talking to each other about their recent work, and sharing in a potluck picnic. This is our fifth year hosting the event.
A collaborative effort between NWSSA and King County Parks and Recreation has resulted in a new rotating public art exhibition. In October 2019, the pilot program will install the first two of eight sculptures at Marymoor
Park in Redmond, WA. After a trial period, we anticipate expansion into several other interested King County Parks. The program is managed by NWSSA as a way to support its mission and provide a new opportunity for the public to interact with sculpted stone.
Please check our Events Calendar for further information throughout the year!