NWSSA is adapting to the pandemic! In August of 2020, we held our first ever Virtual Sculpture Symposium. This is new territory for a group of people that are intrinsically tactile learners, but it was a big success. We are now currently planning a new 3-day Winter Virtual Sculpture Symposium for January 16-18, 2021. To learn more, we'll be posting updates to our virtual forum webpage.
Typically, NWSSA hosts two major events per year: the Washington State International Sculpture Symposium (for over 32 years), currently held at the Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center in Port Orchard, WA, and the Oregon State International Sculpture Symposium (for over 25 years), currently held at the Suttle Lake Campground in Sisters, OR.
Both symposia offer enrichment for attendees from all backgrounds, regardless of previous experience. Master sculptors are often rejuvenated by the event and leave bursting with new ideas to fuel the rest of their year, while beginners and intermediate carvers will also learn new tools, techniques, and styles while they develop their creative voice within a supportive environment.
Stone and tools are available for purchase from knowledgeable vendors at reasonable prices. The teachers vary from year to year to celebrate the diversity of artists working in what has become a niche art form.
For those who attend, it is an immersive getaway with like-minded folks surrounded by every resource you need to transform into a stone sculptor. Evenings are spent by the fire swapping stories, making new friends, and catching up with connections made from past symposiums.
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