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REGISTER: 2019 Suttle Lake International Stone Carving Symposium

25th Annual International Stone Carving Symposium • Camp Suttle Lake • Sisters, Oregon • August 11th - 18th, 2019

Members, Register On-Line by August 1st receive $100 Discount off full time rate at check-out.
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The NWSSA continues our tradition of bringing together world-class sculpting masters for unique opportunities to provide instruction and discuss where we are today. From classical hand tools to new high-tech machining tools and techniques, our instructors provide knowledge and inspiration for all attendees. MJ and Samia work on our Monumental Group Project

About the Symposium and Suttle Lake Facilities

The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association is excited to hold our annual Oregon State Stone Carving Symposium at Suttle Lake Camp! This is the 5th year we are returning to this venue, and it has become ‘home’.
The symposium is open to all levels from beginners who have never carved stone before to the experienced sculptor. Make new friends, renew old friendships and fire up the creative spirit in a rich, supportive environment.
Suttle Lake Camp is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains 14 miles west of Sisters, Suttle Lake Camp is a special place where the vivid green of Western Oregon mingles with the sunny beauty of the eastern part of the state.

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How to Get To Suttle Lake Camp & Conference Center

Camp Sisters at Suttle Lake Camp   Suttle Lake Camp
29551 Suttle Lake Rd.
Sisters, OR 97759


Southbound on I-5:

Take exit 253 at Salem east onto Highway 22. Proceed eighty-three miles through Detroit to the junction with Highway 126/20. Merge left. Continue thirteen miles east to the Suttle Lake Campgrounds turnoff. At Suttle Lake, proceed south onto Suttle Lake Loop Road 2070. The Suttle Lake United Methodist Camp parking lot will be on your left 0.3 miles from the highway.

Northbound on 1-5:
Take exit 194A, Highway 126 East, the McKenzie River Highway and proceed eighty-nine miles, passing the McKenzie Bridge and the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 22. Travel north on Highway 126/20. Keep to the right at the junction of Highway 20 and proceed east to the Suttle Lake Campgrounds turnoff. At Suttle Lake, proceed south onto Suttle Lake Loop Road 2070. The Suttle Lake United Methodist Camp parking lot will be on your left 0.3 miles from the highway.

From Albany:
Take Interstate 5 exit 233 and drive east through Lebanon on Highway 20 to Suttle Lake. At Suttle Lake, proceed south onto Suttle Lake Loop Road 2070. The Suttle Lake United Methodist Camp parking lot will be on your left 0.3 miles from the highway.

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What to Bring to Suttle Lake Camp

What To Bring To Suttle Lake Camp & Conference Center

  • Please remember to clearly label your items! We want to make sure borrowed, lent or mislaid items get back to their proper owners!
  • A canopy for shade or rain.
  • Tools, if you have them.
  • Respirator, safety glasses, earplugs or ear muffs, gloves, sun screen, bug repellent.
  • Ground tarp to protect the grass and ease pick-up of stone chips.
  • Stool, chair, work table, sandbags.
  • Bucket, dustpan & broom to sweep up dust & chips.
  • Power: 50 ft. Electric cord,  a 10-25' cord, all 12/3, and an electrical splitter.
  • Air:  3/8"  50 ft air hose, a shorter air hose, and an air hose splitter.
  • Water: 50 ft hose, a shorter hose and a water hose splitter preferably with a Y connector and a shut off.
  • Having these items will make it easier for the people running the field and will also be useful in your own studio.
  • Note: We cannot accommodate tools from Europe that are not adapted to US current
Please leave your dog at home. We love them, but they are not allowed at camp.
Camp style bunk bed and mattresses are provided in Lodges and Cabins. Please bring sleeping bags, blankets and pillows for your comfort.

Please bring your own towels and washcloths.
Bring your own toiletries, toothbrush/paste, soap, shampoo, etc.
Sunscreen & bug spray.
Bring your swim suit and towel—Suttle Lake has a swim dock and canoes are available.
Appropriate footwear and clothing for rain or shine as the NW weather is very variable.
You are at Camp - bring a flashlight or teddy bear if need be.

Suttle Lake is just a short hike away! Bring your swimsuit!
A camera - we may ask you for pictures for next years’ brochures.
Bring your memories and photos of the past years at “Stone Camp”
Bring drums, guitars or anything fun and musical for around the campfire.
Bring GOOD dance music or a disco ball for the party.
BYOB - to enjoy after the power is off, during dinner or around the campfire.
Bring items to donate to the auction.
Bring items for a tool swap meet.

Bring up to 3 pieces of sculpture to show at the Art Walk on Saturday, as well as pedestals if you have them. (There are a limited few for use). There will be a 20% donation asked of you if you sell a sculpture.

If you have special dietary considerations, you need to be responsible for them yourself. The Camp will do their best, however, they are cooking for large numbers and cannot fill all special needs. There is a kitchenette in Wesley Meadow Lodge to store & prepare meals.

Internet connectivity at this remote locale is iffy at best. Our understanding is that Verizon gets the best service on site. Prepare your family & friends that you may be "off the grid" while at stone carving camp.
Please bring your checkbook or cash for fast & easy checkout with NWSSA at the end of camp and if you are purchasing from our vendors who may also have limited connectivity.


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2019 Camp Suttle Lake Centerfold

25th Annual International Stone Carving Symposium   •   Camp Suttle Lake   •   Sisters, Oregon   •   August 11th - 18th, 2019Suttle Lake 2018 Attendees

The NWSSA Oregon State Stone Carving Symposium brings together sculptors of all levels to collaborate, commune with nature, and carve stone.  Every year drives the art form forward by integrating new technology and ideas with ancient techniques. The outdoor group carving experience takes away the pressure of the home studio, and generates energy, inspiration, and insight to fuel the rest of the year.

Reflection  by Sabah Al-DhaherGuest Artists

Sabah Al-Dhaher was born in Nasriyah, Iraq.  At the age of 15 he was accepted to The Fine Arts Institute-Basra in Iraq, where he lived and received his training in classical art.  Sabah fled Iraq in 1991, spent two and a half years in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia and in 1993 arrived in the US as a political refugee.  Sabah has been creating and exhibiting his work throughout the Northwest since 1995. Sabah's story has been chronicled in various media including "My Saraab", a documentary by Sarna Lapine.

Patrick Doratti has a background in digital imaging, animation and fine arts, and has studied stone sculpture in Carrara, Italy. He is currently utilizing his background in CAD with a digital robotic arm to rough out large scale stone sculptures at his studio in Nelson, B.C.Digital Robotic arm: Patrick Doratti

Stephanie Robison teaches sculpture at the City College of San Francisco and currently serves as Vice President and Educational Director for the California Sculptors Symposium. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marylhurst University and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Oregon.

Tom Small grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has always been inspired by the mountains, trees, and creative beings that live here. Following these themes, his daily workshops will explore those ideas, including stone in multi-media work, storytelling in stone art, and abstract exploration through cutting, drilling, and splitting stone.

Lawrence StollerLawrence Stoller is an internationally recognized, award-winning artist, sculptor, author and teacher.  He has pioneered the art of sculpting monumental transparent crystals combined with bronze, known as Megagems, which includes several of the largest gemstone sculptures in existence. Stoller was commissioned by American Express to create the centerpiece of the Eleven Tears Memorial, located across the street from Ground Zero (9/11). His collaborative hanging sculpture “Bahia” is the cornerstone of the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California. 

Mark Andrew will lead our group sculpture project for Camp Suttle Lake. This large-scale monument will continue to progress each year until completed, and all are encouraged to spend time with this magnificent piece of marble.

Richard Hestekind is renowned for creating abstract forms inspired by his reverence for Japanese aesthetic. We appreciate his mentorship of our stone community and engaging, mindful workshops.

Uchida-san demo at Suttle Lake SymposiumKazutaka Uchida is a master sculptor who has taught and influenced many NWSSA members.  The recognition of his talent is reflected in his 32 solo gallery exhibitions, 33 site-specific commissions of environmental art, and inclusion of his sculpture in 7 museum collections in Japan, France, and the U.S.

Jade Carving Workshop with Steve Sandry - Space is limited in the Jade Carving tent, so be sure to register early!  There will be an additional materials fee depending upon the size and quality of jade you select.

Tool & Safety Talks - Dan Michael of Olympia, WA will display an array of electric and pneumatic power carving tools and methods while explaining safe operation, potential hazards and proper safety protection.

MJ and Samia work on the group Monument projectFinancial Aid Thanks to our generous members and the Thursday Auction, funds are available for students, work-study and scholarship positions. For information, contact Doug Wiltshire, Symposium Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.