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Workshops (not symposia)

3rd Annual Women's Hand Carving Event

Womens Carving Retreat Tents on the Bay
Eighteen women attended the 3rd annual Women’s Hand Carving Event which took place June 3-5. Due to the pandemic this event had been cancelled for the past 2 years. It was no surprise then that enthusiastic carvers showed up from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada to enjoy one another’s company, share ideas and new tools. Everyone was excited to try out some flexible diamond sandpaper that Julianne Kohn demonstrated.
The setting of the Old Alcohol Plant Inn in Port Hadlock, WA was splendid. Canopies had plenty of room to set up on the lawn which is surrounded by the Inn’s beautiful gardens overlooking Port Townsend Bay. There was also a covered patio for a handful of carvers. The Inn’s owners and staff couldn’t have been more hospitable and supportive of the event.
As usual with the NWSSA gatherings there was some great food! A potluck taco bar was enjoyed by all on Friday night thanks to the participants’ delicious contributions with plenty of leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Eva Kozun coordinated the meal planning and provided us with her culinary expertise, bringing healthy breakfast fare and a most decadent and delicious chocolate cake.
On Saturday the public was invited to attend and watch the women in action as well as view their finished sculptures on display indoors. There was a sizable turnout for this! Visitors were treated to quite a treat showcasing the NWSSA’s work since the Rolling Pin Challenge went on display that same weekend in the lobby of the Inn. Rumor has it that a few people who visited the artists in action will be attending the Pilgrim Firs camp. It was a fruitful weekend with participants even asking about the possibility of doing a similar gathering mid-winter!

Youth Soapstone Carving at Evergreen Arboretum Saturday, August 20th

Soapstone Carving Workshop for Youth Soapstone bear carving

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a unique, community arts experience on Saturday, August 20th brought to us by the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) who will lead local youth, ages 8-17 in discovering the art of crafting a sculpture through soapstone carving. Instructors will guide participants through the process of shaping this beautiful, natural material into a figurine to take home. Participation is $30 per person; the necessary tools will be provided by NWSSA, Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens and Studiostone Creative.

Space is limited, Registration is required.


There are two, 90-minute, workshops (one beginning at 10:00am, the other at 1:00pm), with a limit of 15 youth in each workshop. Participants will be working with soapstone and water and soapstone dust will get on participants clothing, so dress appropriately.

Morning Registration sign-in 9:30 am; workshop 10-11:30 am

Afternoon Registration
sign-in 12:30; workshop 1-2:30 pm


* Please arrive early to sign-in-opens 30 minutes before workshop.
* Parent or adult must accompany child to registration in order to sign permission slip and waiver for photography.
* Adults bringing children ages 12 and under are encouraged to stay with them during the workshop.
* Bring your own drinking water and snack if needed.
* This activity will take place outdoors, so dress for the weather. (Rain jacket or sunscreen!)

This event will be a wonderful opportunity to combine handiwork, mental focus and three-dimensional thinking, all while enjoying the stunning surroundings of Everett's beautiful Arboretum and Gardens. The event is open to the public for viewing and runs in conjunction with The Schack Arts Center's Fresh Paint event.

2020 Women’s Hand Carving Workshop

4th Annual Women’s Hand Carving Workshop2020 Women's Hand Carving Weekend
June 5th - 7th, 2020

 

Location:  Old Alcohol Plant Inn, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Hadlock, WA.  (6 miles South of Port Townsend)

Hours

Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm;

Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Call, text or email any questions to Ellie - 206-419-3499   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Online Registration Open Now!

 

Friday Night Discussion: Textures & Finishes

TomatoyoPlease join NWSSA Members for an informal discussion about sculpture texture and finishes... plus anything else we want to talk about.

Our second event will be Friday, December 6th at 6:30 PM at Ken Barnes Studio in South Seattle.

BYO beverages and snacks to share and a Sculpture or Photos to discuss. There will be an empty plinth available if people want to bring a piece to talk about.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

P
lease let us know if you have a topic to suggest or a studio/space to host our next event!

Past events:
Using the Rind - hosted by Dan Colvin

Workshops Available & Lower Membership Fee

GroupShot-AlMangoldTeaching

We listened to your input and have begun scheduling half to full day workshops to bring small groups of carvers together. [CLICK HERE] look them over for the details and register.   

This Winter, we will have workshop at Portland Community College - and we are looking to also bring together people in the Eugene/Salem/Vancouver British Columbia area. 

We'll keep you informed and ask that you keep checking the "Upcoming Workshops" (under "Events and News") part of the web site.

Here are some of the workshops we have held, if you'd like to see them presented again, drop us a note:  Sharpening Tools,  MarenakosPedestals, Photographing 3D Art, Neolithic Stone Tour Turning Your Stone into Bronze,  Carving Face and Human HeadWorking From Your Strengths To Find YOUR Way,  Professional Photography of your Artwork, Carving the Human Figure, Field Trip to Olivine/Dunite Quarry, Abstract on OrcasPolishing Hard StoneWorking Wet; Dust Free Stone Carving , ART(ifacts) To What End?

AND to further encourage new and renewing members, the board has decided to reduce NWSSA membership to $45. If you plan on attending two or more workshops, becoming a member makes good sense. Take a look and see if any of the workshops listed meet your needs. For those who have renewed after Sept 1st 2013, you can apply the difference to workshop fees (please leave a comment in the web form when you check out during registration so we can apply it or drop the president [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] an email).
** Membership Dues increase to $50 annually effective September 2019

Thanks to all who responded to the survey and made comments. Your input gives us direction and helps us in setting up the  workshops.

    • More than 70%  (and in the case of "river walks" 80%) said you would attend or were likely to attend a workshop or tour of stone yards, quarries, finding and acquiring stone.
    • Tool sharpening is of interest to about 71% who said they would attend or would likely attend.
    • Human Forms/Figurative, Basics of carving marble as well hard stone, and Combining stone and steel had about 65% saying they would attend or would likely attend.
    • Saturday and Sunday are the favored days of the week to hold a workshop and morning to midday is the preferred time slot for those days.

From this useful information we have more workshops to schedule, people to contact, and venues from which coordinate dates and times. Again thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you at the workshops and providing you the chance to talk with other stone carvers.

The Board: Ken Barnes, Ben Mefford, Carl Nelson, Michael Yeaman, Rick Johnson, Steve Sandry, Pat Barton, & Verena Schwippert
Drop one of us a note if you have further questions:  [CLICK HERE]

Sculpture Northwest

  • Sculpture NorthWest Summer 2022 (fp)
  • Sculpture NorthWest March/April 2020
  • Sculpture NorthWest Jan/Feb 2020
  • Sculpture NorthWest Nov/Dec 2019
  • Sculpture NorthWest Sept/Oct 2019
  • Sculpture NorthWest July/August 2019
  • Sculpture Northwest Jan-Feb 2019
Summer 2022 Sculpture Northwest Journal Cover

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March April 2020 Sculpture Northwest Journal Cover



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Welcome to the Montana Special Issue of Sculpture NorthWest!
To honor their many contributions to the art of stone carving, we are taking the opportunity to present three NWSSA members in a single issue: Adrian Hoye, Renda Greene, and the ringleader of the gang, John Thompson.  We are grateful to them for representing the stone carving community in Missoula, MT, and for sharing their work with us here.


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