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Happy 20th Anniversary Camp Brotherhood Sept/Oct 2007

I know it’s been said before, but Stoners do ROCK! What a great 2007 Symposium. Thank you one and all for making it such a success. One of the many highlights for me was the great turnout of Alumni from past years for our special Lunch on Wednesday. It was good to see so many long missed friends.


I didn't get to attend all the classes, but managed to catch those by Meredith Earls. Boy, did I learn a lot. And Joanne Duby gave us a wonderful tour of the sculpture walk for a gentle critique of basing. Again I learned. I heard only good comments about all the classes.


The Elderhostel four reported having a wonderful time and enjoying their fantastic teachers: Tamara Buchanan and Tracy Powel.


Of course the 20th anniversary quilt was beautiful. Tamara Buchanan’s husband Doug Benoliel was the successful bidder at $425. That means that Tamara, who put in so much effort into the production of this 20 year celebration quilt, gets to have it in her home for the first year. We all had great fun at the Auction and Tom Francis with his more than enthusiastic crew did us proud, taking in just over $6000.


In spite of the rain we had a very successful Sculpture Walk. Our heartfelt thanks to Leon and to all those who pitched in and helped set it up. I am so proud of being part of NWSSA and what we have accomplished to promote stone art for the past 20 years. Keep up the good work.

Members' Exhibition at Stonarium Sept/Oct 2007

As you enter the cave-like gallery at the Stonearium, the “International Signatures” exhibit now at Marenakos Stonearium in Seattle takes your breath away. It is a truly stunning exhibit by some dozen or so NWSSA sculptors. The setting is perfect for quiet spirtual rapport with the awesome stone presences gathered there by Sabah Al-Dhaher, Stuart Jacobsen, Tom Small, Rich Hestekind, Verena Schwippert, Alexandra Morosco, Uchida, and by others whose work is equally impressive but whose names I had not known previously and cannot recall now. The lighting and placement seemed perfect, and the gallery has mounted huge granite slabs on the wall behind pieces by Uchida and Rich Hestekind that enhance their air of mystery and depth. Underneath and behind it all is the hushed murmur of dripping water from one of Rich’s waterwork pieces also in the gallery.


I had never been to the Stonearium before and, living in southern Oregon, I hardly know Seattle, but this was for me one of the most impressive exhibits I’ve seen in a long time, anywhere, including the Seattle Art Museum’s outdoor sculpture park.

Northwest Flower and Garden Show - Nov/Dec 2007

NWSSA has been invited once again to participate in this prestigious show. It’s a great place to contact thousands of Show visitors. Our booth has been a proven way to recruit new members and offer opportunities for sales. While direct sales are not allowed for non-profit educational organizations, booth visitors interested in a displayed sculpture will be given the artist’s contact information.


We hope that you will be interested in showing your work, setting up/taking down the booth, or in manning the booth.


All educational booths for this year must be 10’ X 10,’ half the size of our booth last year. This is still ample space to demonstrate our interests and abilities. We’ll have room for 5 to 7 sculptures, one of which can be large, but still hand-moveable since no forklifts are allowed. Smaller works will be displayed on tabletops and pedestals. This places a higher priority than ever on having a booth manned by highly motivated Association members.


We encourage various styles of work including figurative, abstract, animal/nature and functional. It would be best if we also have several types of stone. We encourage NWSSA members at all levels, ranging from professional sculptors to beginning carvers, to show your work. Please send a picture with title, type of stone and your mailing and e mail addresses. Sculptures will be selected in January.


We will set up the booth on February 19 at 9am and take it down after 6pm on February 24. The booth will be staffed from 9am to 9pm, Wednesday through Saturday, February 20-23, and 9am to 6pm on Sunday, February 24. Shifts will be 4 to 5 hours long. We want there to be a variety of members for people to meet, as well as to distribute the work load. This is a great time to chat to people about the Association and what sculpture means to you. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Please come represent NWSSA at this year’s booth. Contact Pete Pere by December 31: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 3040 137 Avenue, NE, Bellevue, WA 98005.