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President's Message July-August 2019

From the President.... 

President’s Message

NWSSA and Pacific Northwest Sculptors will be sponsoring “Making Space", a joint sculpture show exhibit during the International Sculpture Center’s Portland conference this coming October 12-15.  Look for the call and consider submitting a piece for the show and attending the conference to see what’s going on in their world of sculpture. Check out

I have served on the board for eight years and as president for six years.  It is time for me to take a break and carve more.  I’m not going away, and I plan on continuing involvement with the web site, workshops, and other needs of the association. I’m a bit disappointed that I will not get to work with all of the new board members who are running (and will likely be elected by the time you read this.) They will be a strong addition to the board.

Words matter, and as a member of the NWSSA community, there are words that have grown for me in meaning, importance, and value over the years and have contributed greatly to my understanding, appreciation, and creation of sculpture.  When you say, “Think of sculpture,” you will consider its material and place, then likely its characteristics such as surface, edge, texture, color. Maybe you will move on to its physicality, such as mass or center of gravity, or beyond that to volume and space or something less solid like movement or light. All these words exist in our context of past experience and memory. The sharing and openness of the NWSSA community helps give substance to these words. Thank you for being a part of this sculpture community. 

Carve Proud, Learn Much, and Share with Many...
... Carl

President's Message May-June 2019

From the President.... 

President’s Message

Pilgrim Firs is not to be missed this Pilgrim Firs is not to be missed this year! In addition to our Beginner’s Workshops and special Jade tent,we have two incredible Guest Artists.From Florence comes marble sculptor Jason Arkles. Jason also hosts The Sculptor’s Funeral podcast. In my drive down and back from Austin TX, I got to sample and binge. I highly recommend it. Go to:

Also with us is limestone sculptor Dale Enoch, from Indiana.He has a bunch to talk about on doing public work as well as public commentary, see: Cartouche, (Chronicle of the Orange King):

Check out the Centerfold for more information.

Finally, we were sorry to receive Lane and Penelope’s announcement that they are retiring and hanging up their editors' hats. We have been so fortunate to have them as the editorial team for the Journal for a combined 30 years. They say it has been a rewarding journey and are pleased with their stewardship. The board echoes that feeling as the two of them have created a respected and beautiful record of our collectiveworks and activities over this time.

I suggested to them that we would like to honor them in someway, but they feel amply compensated by having had the opportunity to work so closely with the Association over the years. So I think I speak for the Organization when I say a heartfelt Thank You.
In addition to mark the transition, an Editor’s Scholarship Fund has been setup for those needy sculptors out there to attend our symposiums and workshops. A group of anonymous donors have contributed $500 as a challenge to all members who wish to both honor Lane & Penelope and help those who carve stone.Instead of one of those $5 hallmark thank you cards, donate at our web site and make note it’s for the Editor’s Scholarship Fund.

Their retirement also means the Association needs a new editorial team. Penelope and Lane have planned well for the transition. They have already done most of the work for the July/August issue so there is a good running start, and they will be happy to work with their replacements to assure a smooth transition.If you have an interest in taking on the role of editor, there are two main functions required:
1) Soliciting material, including artist interviews and other things that artists find interesting;
2) Editing the material for clarity/presentation purposes.
The person who does our printing also does the content layout so the job does NOT include layout and design of each issue,just a gathering and editing of material.

If taking on this role appeals to you and you’d like to be part of the next team, please email or call Ken Barnes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (206-930-0681) or Carl Nelson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(425-7564-7967).

Carve Proud, Learn Much, and Share with Many...
... Carl

President's Message March-April 2019

From the President.... 

President’s Message

I set my expectations high for the CROSS+OVER show and was not disappointed. Thirteen members created a diverse set of forms from the crosses and filled the gallery with seventeen pieces that held folks’ attention. During setup, almost all sculptors had stories about working with the deteriorated cross material to get to their final form. Carol Duree-Jones told a story about showing an elderly gentleman her final work and a picture of the original cross, and the first thing he asked was where the cross was stolen from.

Again, many thanks to Kim Lewis and Michael Creger. Without them the show would not have happened. Also, special shout-out to Portland Community College's Mark Smith and the North View Gallery crew. They provided pedestals, lit the show, and made setup easy.

One more reminder: The Old Alcohol Plant in Port Hadlock is looking for NWSSA members’ sculpture to display and sell in their lobby area. Check out the web page: and give Cheri Perry a call.

The winter potluck at Marenakos was a delightful gathering of old and new members. Lots of yummy ribs, salads, Pat Barton’s chanterelle pâté, desserts and Scott Hackney's hospitality. Many Thanks to Marenakos for generously providing their facility for our gathering. Toward the end of the gathering the board convened for a quick meeting and formed a nominating committee for this year’s elections. Patty McPhee will be the chair and Renee will put the ballot/email out for members. Drop Patty a note (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you, or someone you know, would like to run for the board.

This year there will be seven positions on the board that need filled: Rick Johnson, Steve Sandry, Ben Mefford, Steve Galea, Patty McPhee, Pat Barton, and myself. Pat and I will be reaching the end of our four-term limit of serving on the board and will need to take a year off until we can run again. 

So far Rick Johnson, Ben Mefford and Patty McPhee have stated they wish to run. Steve Sandry and Steve Galea would like to see their positions filled with a new face, someone who has not served on the board before. In addition, Ellie Hochman and Kirsten Rayhawk have affirmed they would like to be on the ballot, so that makes five people for seven positions.  

You make this community function, so please consider sharing your skills and wisdom by serving on the board for a two year term. 

Carve Proud, Learn Much, and Share with Many.…