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29th Annual International Stone Carving SymposiumCampB2016
Camp Brotherhood
July 9th-17th, 2016

We invite you to join us at the Treacy Levine Center at Camp Brotherhood for up to eight days of playing with stone, communing with nature, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. Bring yourself, your creative energy, your humor, tools, and a favorite piece of stone. If you don’t have stone or tools, we have an entire tent set up for beginners with tools and instructors. 

The Camp provides furnished lodge rooms and three full meals a day for the ultimate freedom to delve into carving and making friends. Tools and stone are also available for sale by our vendors. Sharing information, tips, and inspiration is something we all do. Evenings are filled with slideshows, informational talks, a hoot of a fundraising auction, a music filled final night party, campfires and more. You are also invited to bring a piece for the public sculpture show on the last Saturday.

CampB2015 GroupAccommodations:The Camp has lodges, which are motel style rooms hosting 2-3 people. Each has a clean bed, nightstands, and a bathroom. For those who like to commune with nature and camp on the field, space is available for tents or campers. Limited TV hook-ups are available.

Sculpture Walk on the Meadow July 16th: On Saturday, we’ll set up an outdoor art gallery for a perfect opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone to bring a finished piece to display and to invite your friends! Bring pedestals if you have them. NWSSA takes a 25% commission.

Registration: Register online below, or mail the form with payment to NWSSA, Attn: CyraJane, Symposium Director, PO Box 27364 Seattle, WA  98165 

Scholarship Auction: Thursday evening, July 14th, 2016.  A very, very fun and entertaining event for a very, very good cause. The auction supports our education goals by funding work-study and scholarship positions for new and emerging artists. Bring something to donate, we’ll buy anything and have a great time doing it. Early Morning Riverwalk

Field Mentors:  Most of our members have years if not decades of experience and have worked with various types of stone. If you desire individual guidance or support, field  mentors will be available. All parties gain from the experience of sharing information.  

Financial Aid:  Aid is available for work-study and scholarships. For information contact CyraJane, Symposium Director, at 206-406-0711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop Schedule (subject to change)

Workshop Instructor Schedule
Form and Process Senden Blackwood    

Goe by Senden BlackwoodPoised in harmonic tension, Senden Blackwood’s elegant stone sculptures are inspired by the pure underlying forms of nature. These works are deceptive in their apparent simplicity, belying the personally demanding work processes involved in their creation. The solemnity and stillness of the richly worked stone invites quiet contemplation, encouraging us towards a meditative experience of the work, where, for a time, the world drifts away. He’ll be sharing his process and some of his self-taught skills.

Integrating Multiple Media Georg Schmerholz    

Little Sarah by George SchmerholzAs a result of exploring a multitude of sculptural materials as a working professional for 3 decades, Georg’s focus evolved towards combining different media, partly as a reflection of the influences of the various countries he lived in, including the impressions of his formative years in Transylvania, Romania. He will not only cover the aesthetics and technical challenges of this approach to sculpture, but will also share his insights into Sculpture as a Means of Exploring Consciousness, which in his views are inseparable from a deeper understanding of art’s purpose. Georg’s association with NWSSA goes back to the early 90’s when he was an instructor at the first symposium at Camp Brotherhood.

Elegance in Jade Deborah Wilson  Mon-Fri  
BirdWoman by Deborah WilsonAcclaimed contemporary jade and granite sculptor will be offering a workshop in jade. Her work reflects her love for organic forms and her ongoing interest in utilizing the characteristics that define this “stone of heaven.” A good selection of precut Canadian and US jades will be for sale to create small scale sculpture and pendants. 

*Class limit is 10 people, so register early and watch your registration confirmation for details. 
Beginning Carving Tamara Buchanan Sat-Sat  
Tamara BuchananTamara has been sculpting stone for over 25 years. Featured in many shows throughout the West, her work has won several awards. She loves sharing the process of carving stone and has been teaching at her studio on Lopez Island for over 10 years.
Beginning Carving  Ruth Mueseler Sat-Sat  
Ruth MueselerRuth is a conglomerate of art education teacher, silversmith, art foundry worker and 24 years as stone sculptor. Her heartfelt work ranges from miniature to monumental.  As an instructor Ruth is thoughtful in manner, and will engage you with humor and respect.  Her approach is one of intuitive curiosity and interpreting the voice of stone.

Evening Schedule
Sunday (10th) 7pm Deborah Wilson Slide Presentation
Monday (11th) 7pm Senden Blackwood Slide Presentation
Tuesday (12th) 7pm Georg Schmerholz Slide Presentation
Wednesday (13th) 7pm General Meeting, Election, BOD meeting to follow
Thursday (14th) 7pm Scholarship Auction. FUN for a CAUSE! Al Mangold/Therese Dougherty
Friday (15th) 7pm DANCE PARTY!!! You and Me and the DJ

Our Vendors:

Stone & Tools

  • Neolithic Stone:carries a wide range of sculptural quality stones and tools from around the world.  If you desire a particular type of stone, or 604-736-5201 in advance.
  • Marenakos Rock Center:  For your granite, basalt, sandstone, and limestone needs. Also supplying Trow & Holden stone cutting tools. or 425-392-3313
  • Bronzestone: carries a variety of sculpture bases. 916-285-5593 

Massage Therapy 

  • Carolyn Anderson ’s “Magic Fingers” restore alignment and health to those stressed muscles. Phone 360-698-2198



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