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32nd Annual International Stone Carving Symposium
at Camp Pilgrim Firs, Port Orchard, WA 
July 6th-14th 2019
Members register on-line by May 31st receive $100 Discount off full time rate at check-out.

Pat Barton
Guest Artists & Workshops: Large Scale Conceptual Public Art with Dale Enochs; Renaissance of the Figure Group Marble Workshop with Jason Arkles; Jade for Everyone with Dale Blankenship and Beginning Stone Sculpture in the DOJO with Ruth & Tamara
The Symposium 
We invite you to join us at Camp Pilgrim Firs for up to eight full days of playing with stone, communing with nature, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. Bring yourself, your creative energy, your tools, and a favorite rock (or four!). If you're new to this whole thing and don’t have stone or tools, we have an entire space set up for beginners with tools and instructors.
The Campground provide cabins and lodges that are connected by serene walking paths through the forested grounds and three full meals a day, so you’ll have the ultimate freedom to delve into carving and building friendships. Evenings are filled with slideshows, informational talks, a riot of a fundraising auction, a music-filled final night party, campfires and even nighttime swims in the lake. Stone and tools are available for purchase by our vendors.

The Camp has a lodge with shared common area and bathrooms; it features multiple dorm-style rooms that sleep 2-4 people each. There are also 11 duplex style cabins with private decks that sleep 3 per side. For those who like to commune more closely with nature, limited space is available for tents or trailers. No pets are allowed during the week.

Financial Aid
Scholarships and work study positions are available for you if you are in need of assistance to attend. We'd rather have you here than have you stay home and each year we raise significant funds to help! Scholarship discounts are available from $100+up and Work Study positions offer further discounts. Please contact Cyra before you register!  Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, at 206-406-0711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Work Study Application

Sculpture Walk on the Meadow Saturday, July 13th
Our outdoor art gallery is a perfect opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone to bring up to two finished pieces to display and to invite your friends! Bring pedestals if you have them. Additional smaller items are welcome, too. NWSSA receives a 20% commission on sculpture sales.

Register On-line:  [Click Here],
or via SnailMail: download [ Registration Form ] send with with payment to NWSSA, Attn: Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, PO Box 27364 Seattle, WA 98165

Guest Artists and Workshops
 Dale Enochs "Time Flow" Large Scale Conceptual Public Art - Dale Enochs
Dale Enochs has been working as an independent artist for over 35 years and has completed 28 public art commissions along with hundreds of other sculptures. He will be discussing and demonstrating concepts, methods, and fabrication approaches throughout the week with a particular focus on the process and techniques used to create contrasting textures that enliven the surfaces of sculptures. Works can be seen throughout Indiana including the Governor’s Residence, The Indianapolis International Airport and a sculpture plaza at the Indiana Statehouse.
 Jason Arkles Renaissance of the Figure Marble Workshop Renaissance of the Figure Group Marble Workshop - Jason Arkles
Join Jason Arkles, figurative sculptor and voice of The Sculptor’s Funeral podcast in a workshop focused on creating a figurative marble work. The workshop provides a 10.5x10.5x13” 190lb block of Italian Marble and invites you to work with your favorite tools or experiment with techniques alongside other sculptors. Participants are asked to bring a pre-made maquette to hit the ground running. Limited to 13 so register early!
Update 5/8/19: Class is FULL, but anyone who wants to work figuratively is encouraged! Bring your stone and a maquette. Jason will be teaching pointing machines specifically so bring one if you want to learn that technique. 

Jason is an American sculptor, art historian, podcaster and author living in Florence, Italy. As a practicing sculptor, Arkles works on private commissions, specializing in portraiture in marble, but also producing figures and monuments in various media. His work is largely driven by a sense of narrative and psychological symbols. Since 2015, Arkles has given workshops, lecture tours and other educational programs in ateliers and institutions around the world.
 Sale Blankenship - "Chameleon" Jade for Everyone! - Dale Blankenship
Our jade workshop returns with Dale Blankenship as our instructor backed up by Steve Sandry. The workshop provides a shared workspace with all the tools necessary to create a small jade sculpture.A small selection of precut jades will be for sale touse. Class limit is 10 people, so register early!
Self-taught jade carver Dale Blankenship hasbeen sculpting jade for forty years. Though a non-professional by choice, Dale has acquired competition awards from the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Gem Carvers Guild of America, World Jade Symposium (Vancouver, B.C.), Zi Gang BeiJade Exhibition (Suzhou, China) and other local exhibitions.
Beth Kreibel carves in the "Dojo" Beginner's Sone Carving Tent

Beginning Stone Sculpture in the Dojo - Ruth Mueseler and Tamara Buchanan
Our beginners workshop provides space, stone, and instruction on carving and safe tool usage, including access to the extensive NWSSA tool library.
Ruth is a conglomerate of art education teacher, silversmith, art foundry worker and 29-year stone carving veteran. Her heartfelt work ranges from miniature to monumental.
Tamara has been sculpting for over 30 years. Featured in many shows throughout the West, her work has won several awards. She loves sharing the process of carving and also teaches at her studio on Lopez Island.
Click here to learn more about participating as a beginner at our symposium

Workshop and Event  Schedule (subject to change)
Workshops Instructor Days      Evening Events Facilitator Evening
Conceptual Public Art Dale Enochs Sun-Sat Artist Presentation Dale Enochs Sunday
Renaissance of the Figure Jason Arkles Sun-Sat Artist Presentation Francesca Bernardini Monday
Jade Carving Dale Blankenship Mon-Fri General Assembly & BOD Meeting Carl Nelson Wednesday
Beginner's Stone Carving Ruth Mueseler & Tamara Buchanan Sun-Sat Scholarship Auction Al Mangold Thursday
      Dance Party! You, Me & the DJ Friday

Our Vendors

Neolithic Stone - Carries a wide range of sculptural quality stones & tools from around the world. 604-736-5201 or
Carolyn Anderson’s Magic Fingers - Restore Alignment and health to stressed muscles. 360-698-2198.
Bronzestone - Various sizes of polished granite bases.
Kentaro Kojima - Hand crafted masonry tools from the famous Kondo blacksmith shop in Japan

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. If you are interested in being a field mentor, please contact the Director. All parties gain from the experience of sharing information.

Special Thanks

Marenakos, Concut Diamond Products, Master Wholesale, 4Culture and the staff at Pilgrim Firs.

Our Location
Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center is located at 3318 SW Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard, WA 98367

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