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Making Space Exhibit

By Jeremy Kester
First Congregational Church Portland Oregon

This October, The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association partnered with the Pacific Northwest Sculptors for the first time in a group show with thirty-one participating artists. The Making Space special four-day exhibit was held in the Art Reach Gallery at the First Congregational Church, across the park from the Portland Art Museum. Timed in conjunction with the International Sculpture Conference, the show allowed for many opportunities to share art, ideas, and inspiration with both new and familiar members of the sculpture community from around the world.

Inspire Martin EichingerThe First Congregational Church is one of the few examples of Venetian Gothic architecture in the United States and home to the oldest continuous art gallery in Portland. It has a rich tradition of supporting the arts, dating back to the first exhibition in 1875, which featured oil paintings and marble sculptures. The central location is within walking distance of the Portland Art Museum, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and many of the other galleries and studios that participated in the International Sculpture Conference (ISC).

The joining of the NWSSA and PNWS made for an eclectic mix of styles and media. The show was cohesively curated with something for everyone. Bronze was well-represented. Martin Eichinger’s Inspire dances with graceful fluidity, while Progression, by Jason Johnston, has a cerebral narrative that continues to pull you in and provoke thoughts of endless, cooperative struggle. Fresh off the banker, Sinuosity, by Monika Hawkinson, in honeycomb calcite, glowed in the middle of the room, attracting touches of admiration.  Raphael Sebba has convinced marble to swirl and fold with clean elegance in Rebirth. Tony Furtado’s Disappearing makes its point about extinction with masterful figurative abstraction in ceramic and metal. The Sunday reception was well-attended, and the central location allowed for the stream of visitors attending the ISC to flow throughout the event.    

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David L. Edwards Retrospective Exhibition

David L. Edwards Retrospective Exhibition
David L. Edwards 90th Birthday Retrospective Exhibition

Join NWSSA in celebrating David Edwards 90th birthday at his 3-day Retrospective Exhibition! It will be held at The Steam Plant in downtown Olympia, WA, and includes his works in wood and stone.  While it has been a little while since he has stayed to make dust with us during the week, David still faithfully visits the annual symposium every year to renew his membership and visit with friends and sculptors.

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Having a (Sand)blast with Lisa Ponder - Nov/Dec 2004

The Silver Falls NWSSA symposium was a great experience again this year. Lisa Ponder’s classes on sandblasting added a new and interesting dimension.


The hallmark of good instruction is preparation, both in (a) experience, expertise, and enthusiasm, and (b) with specific materials for presentation. Lisa provided both in abundance. Her three-day series of classes started with an overview of materials, equipment and techniques. For those of us who had not done sandblasting before, she introduced the process in a way that invited and challenged each of us to choose a personal project through which we could learn by doing and come away with the reward for our efforts. Lisa demonstrated how to apply stencil material to both rough and smooth surfaces, then generously supplied us with stencil tools, and encouragement to create our own design.


The final day, with sand and blasting equipment ready, we donned protective gear and blasted our way to success. The value of immediate rewards in learning was evident as Lisa led each of us through the processes involved in completing our first specimens. Paul Buckner awed everyone with his Native American hand print designs on slate, giving us all aspirations of doing more creative projects.


Lisa’s guidance showed us the range of possibilities, warned of perils and pitfalls, but assured participants that sandblasting is something we can all do. We took home our projects to prove it. Thanks, Lisa, for a well done set of classes