29th Annual International Stone Carving Symposium
July 9th-17th, 2016
We invite you to join us at the Treacy Levine Center at Camp Brotherhood for up to eight days of playing with stone, communing with nature, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. Bring yourself, your creative energy, your humor, tools, and a favorite piece of stone. If you don’t have stone or tools, we have an entire tent set up for beginners with tools and instructors.
The Camp provides furnished lodge rooms and three full meals a day for the ultimate freedom to delve into carving and making friends. Tools and stone are also available for sale by our vendors. Sharing information, tips, and inspiration is something we all do. Evenings are filled with slideshows, informational talks, a hoot of a fundraising auction, a music filled final night party, campfires and more. You are also invited to bring a piece for the public sculpture show on the last Saturday.
Accommodations:The Camp has lodges, which are motel style rooms hosting 2-3 people. Each has a clean bed, nightstands, and a bathroom. For those who like to commune with nature and camp on the field, space is available for tents or campers. Limited TV hook-ups are available.
Sculpture Walk on the Meadow July 16th: On Saturday, we’ll set up an outdoor art gallery for a perfect opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone to bring a finished piece to display and to invite your friends! Bring pedestals if you have them. NWSSA takes a 25% commission.
Registration: Register online below, or mail the form with payment to NWSSA, Attn: CyraJane, Symposium Director, PO Box 27364 Seattle, WA 98165
Scholarship Auction: Thursday evening, July 14th, 2016. A very, very fun and entertaining event for a very, very good cause. The auction supports our education goals by funding work-study and scholarship positions for new and emerging artists. Bring something to donate, we’ll buy anything and have a great time doing it.
Field Mentors: Most of our members have years if not decades of experience and have worked with various types of stone. If you desire individual guidance or support, field mentors will be available. All parties gain from the experience of sharing information.
Workshop Schedule (subject to change):
|Form and Process||Senden Blackwood|
Poised in harmonic tension, Senden Blackwood’s elegant stone sculptures are inspired by the pure underlying forms of nature. These works are deceptive in their apparent simplicity, belying the personally demanding work processes involved in their creation. The solemnity and stillness of the richly worked stone invites quiet contemplation, encouraging us towards a meditative experience of the work, where, for a time, the world drifts away. He’ll be sharing his process and some of his self-taught skills.
|Integrating Multiple Media||Georg Schmerholz|
As a result of exploring a multitude of sculptural materials as a working professional for 3 decades, Georg’s focus evolved towards combining different media, partly as a reflection of the influences of the various countries he lived in, including the impressions of his formative years in Transylvania, Romania. He will not only cover the aesthetics and technical challenges of this approach to sculpture, but will also share his insights into Sculpture as a Means of Exploring Consciousness, which in his views are inseparable from a deeper understanding of art’s purpose. Georg’s association with NWSSA goes back to the early 90’s when he was an instructor at the first symposium at Camp Brotherhood.
|Elegance in Jade||Deborah Wilson||Mon-Fri|
|Acclaimed contemporary jade and granite sculptor will be offering a workshop in jade. Her work reflects her love for organic forms and her ongoing interest in utilizing the characteristics that define this “stone of heaven.” A good selection of precut Canadian and US jades will be for sale to create small scale sculpture and pendants.
*Class limit is 10 people, so register early and watch your registration confirmation for details.
|Beginning Carving||Tamara Buchanan||Sat-Sat|
|Tamara has been sculpting stone for over 25 years. Featured in many shows throughout the West, her work has won several awards. She loves sharing the process of carving stone and has been teaching at her studio on Lopez Island for over 10 years.|
|Beginning Carving||Ruth Mueseler||Sat-Sat|
|Ruth is a conglomerate of art education teacher, silversmith, art foundry worker and 24 years as stone sculptor. Her heartfelt work ranges from miniature to monumental. As an instructor Ruth is thoughtful in manner, and will engage you with humor and respect. Her approach is one of intuitive curiosity and interpreting the voice of stone.
|Sunday (10th) 7pm||Deborah Wilson Slide Presentation|
|Monday (11th) 7pm||Senden Blackwood Slide Presentation|
|Tuesday (12th) 7pm||Georg Schmerholz Slide Presentation|
|Wednesday (13th) 7pm||General Meeting, Election, BOD meeting to follow|
|Thursday (14th) 7pm||Scholarship Auction. FUN for a CAUSE! Al Mangold/Therese Dougherty|
|Friday (15th) 7pm||DANCE PARTY!!! You and Me and the DJ|
Stone & Tools
- Neolithic Stone:carries a wide range of sculptural quality stones and tools from around the world. If you desire a particular type of stone, contactwww.neolithicstone.com or 604-736-5201 in advance.
- Marenakos Rock Center: For your granite, basalt, sandstone, and limestone needs. Also supplying Trow & Holden stone cutting tools. www.marenakos.com or 425-392-3313
- Bronzestone: carries a variety of sculpture bases. 916-285-5593
Carolyn Anderson ’s “Magic Fingers” restore alignment and health to those stressed muscles. Phone 360-698-2198
- TreacyLevine Center at Camp Brotherhood is located at 24880 Brotherhood Road Mount Vernon, Washington 98274 (about an hour North of Seattle)
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