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President's Message Summer 2022

From the President.... 

Dear Members!

As we head into summer, we have a few things to look forward to. Sunshine, being with friends outside. We have our symposia in Washington and Oregon. And we have Board of Directors elections! Thank you all who participated or will be voting for members of the new board. This past year has been a pleasure to serve as your Board President. I could not have done it without the support from each of my fellow colleagues.

Truly an honor!

See you all out in the field this summer!

Denny TsangDenny Tsang

President's Message December 2021

From the President.... 

I wanted to take this moment to express I wanted to take this moment to express my gratitude to all the dedicated folks of NWSSA. Thank you for your continued support!
Wishing everyone a happy holidays and wonderful New Year.

Let’s get ready for 2022!
Find more information about these events at
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2022 Virtual Winter Symposium (ZOOM)
FEBRUARY 9-13, 2022 Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Seattle, WA)
JUNE 3-5, 2022 Women’s Hand Carving Event (Port Hadlock WA)
JUNE 3-5 2022 Opening of the Rolling Pin Exhibit (Port Hadlock WA)
JULY 9-17, 2022 35th Annual Sculpture Symposium (Port Orchard, Washington State)
AUGUST 7-14, 2022 28th Annual International Sculpture Symposium (Sisters, Oregon)
AUGUST 20-21, 2022 Evergreen Arboretum Sculpture Walk (Everett, WA)

Denny Tsang
Denny Tsang

General Membership Meeting: July 28, 2021

Update 7/29/21: Thank you for voting for you 2021 Board of Directors. Congratulations to members Ellie Hochman, Rick Johnson and Julianne Kohn for your re-election to another term. Welcome to the Board Tamara Buchanan!
General Meeting and BOD Meeting Minutes will be posted online as soon as they are available.

All NWSSA members with an active status (dues paid) will be emailed an invitation to a zoom meeting to be held Wednesday, July 28, 2021.  The meeting will open at 5:45pm and officially start at 6pm. Look for a meeting invitation + link to be sent out on/around July 23rd. 
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Please VOTE for your board of directors. This is very important!  Please Vote. 

The two major aspects of the General Meeting are to announce the next years board members, and to present the financial report.
The first board meeting of the new board members will begin immediately after the General Membership Meeting.

President's Message Jan-Feb-Mar

From the President.... 

What is Happening in 2021???

The pandemic continues to present a substantial challenge to NWSSA operations so we are especially grateful for the significant relief funding we received from our long-time supporter, the arts & culture hub of King County, WA.

The NWSSA board of directors has been hard at work to ensure that we as an organization appropriately adapt and endure to dynamic conditions.  We’ve cut back on expenses wherever possible, which includes a temporary reversion of this journal to a quarterly issue instead of bi-monthly.  That said, we are also actively pursuing options for safely hosting events again, as conditions allow. 

Right now, we’re feeling optimistic, and we have tentative dates for both of our major symposia scheduled:

NWSSA Symposium in Washington State:
Saturday, July 10 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
NWSSA Symposium in Oregon:
Sunday, August 8 - Sunday, August 15, 2021

We are working with staff at both of our usual venues to see what arrangements can be made to space people out and take precautions to mitigate risk.  While we are making plans to gather, if at any point we feel we must cancel one or both of the events, we will.

The events are certain to look very different this year. Cyra Jane, our Symposium Director for the WA event in July, expects registration to go live on the website on June 1.  When we have updates to share, we will post them at  We will rely on your help to make the best of the situation and come up with creative solutions.

NWSSA is a volunteer run organization, and in that spirit of collaboration we are seeking volunteers to support various committees that have been proposed.  These groups will work to further goals identified by the board of directors.  If you have skill sets and interests that you could contribute to one of these areas, please send us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

Archive Committee - collect and preserve facts, images, and stories about the history of NWSSA.

Communications Committee - improve information & feedback channels across the organization.

Education Committee - develop and strengthen relationships with colleges, faculty, and students.

Exhibition Committee - look for venues and pull together member shows.

Fundraising Committee - get money and put it in the bank!

Journal Committee - be on the lookout for great stories to share.

Event Support Committee - help with symposia, workshops, exhibitions…

Membership Committee - help members utilize resources and keep membership info current.

Benjamin Mefford

--- Benjamin Mefford - President, NWSSA