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Artistry in Wood 2016 – Show Report

THE SHOW GOES ON

By Don Mertz

Photos by Marc Featherly

Since the first event in 1981, Artistry in Wood has been committed to providing the best woodcarving and woodworking show for the benefit of exhibitors, vendors and visitors who come to see some of the best expression of wooden art as well as being able to purchase works of art from the woodcarving and woodworking craftsman and artist.

Every year the Artistry in Wood stays true to this original commitment by sharpening and fine tuning the show so that it continues to be THE show exhibitors and visitors will want to attend time after time.  Each year the quality of competition entries improve as does the growth of vendors and eclectic mix of artistic expressions related to wood along with a steady growth in the size of the show.

The organizers of the event were placed between a rock and hard place when the show location for the prior fourteen years was suddenly closed, and had find a comparable sized show venue in a different location and show date (due to scheduling limits at the new location).  Despite that, Artistry in Wood doubled its efforts to stay true to its original commitment.

So committed are the event organizers to providing the BEST Show possible for all concerned that ihe advertising budget was increased from $19,427.00 for 2015 to $30,225 for 2016 to assure all concerned that “The Show Goes On.”  The show goes on to maintain the high quality of exhibitors, competitors, judges, demonstrations, children’s activities and visitors’ interests for the showing and selling of cherished works of art in the medium of wood.  And just as important, the show goes on so that Artistry in Wood can continue the long tradition and commitment of giving at least $5,000 to United Rehabilitation Services of Dayton and $500 to Partners Against Crime charities.

The only venue that was large enough to accommodate a show the size that Artistry in Wood has grown to be with a convenient location within the radius of Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio was the Roberts Centre near Wilmington, OH.  The only date available for 2016 was for Labor Day weekend.  The Artistry in Wood committee realized that a change of location as well as date change from traditional date of previous shows and especially competing with major holiday activities, a Renaissance Festival and county fair would have an impact on regular exhibitors’ participation as well as visitors to the show.  But “The Show Goes On” in order to make the transition to a new site and a new date for the 2017 and following years’ show dates.  In 2017 the Artistry in Wood show will be October 14 and 15 and the second weekend in October in subsequent years in order to get back to a regular schedule for location and date for the show.

Even though there was the expected decrease in attendance and exhibitors, yet in the final analysis the evaluation by visitors, exhibitors, competitors and vendors was very positive. The Roberts Centre show room is beautifully appointed with superb lighting with more than adequate and convenient free parking and with easy access right off Interstate 71 at Exit 50.  Roberts Centre is located within a fifty-mile radius from Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton. Visitors were very complimentary of the venue, quality of woodcarving and woodworking art on display and the added features of demonstrations, ornament carving contest, raffle of quality prizes, silent auction of donated wooden art.  Although somewhat smaller than usual, the quality of the show lived up to its reputation.  Many first time visitors joined their voices of appreciation with the long time attenders.  

The 2016 show was a bridge from what the show has become to what it will continue to become in 2017 and beyond at Roberts Centre the second weekend of October.

Highlights of the show begin with the competition. 278 woodcarving entries were judged by Janet Cordell, Wayne Barton and Al Fulford judged 278 woodcarving entries.  Woodcarving Best of Show honors were awarded as follows:

  • Steve Baker – Best of Show
  • Terry Brasher – Second Best
  • Harry Limings – Third Best

Sixty wood working entries were judged by Roger Hornung, Jim McCann and Larry Sanders who awarded Wood Working Best of Show to:

  • Barry Todd – Best of Show
  • Scott Hamilton – Second Best 
  • Richard Avram – Third Best. 

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2015 Artistry In Wood Photo Galleries

Artistry In Wood 2016 Photo Galleries

Photography by Marc Featherly

To visit the Gallery pages, click the links below, or the Galleries link in the menu bar to the left.

Artistry in Wood 2016 Carving Winners – click HERE

Artistry in Wood 2016 Woodworking Winners – click HERE

 


 

International Woodcarvers Congress 2016 Winner Galleries

Josh Guge’s 2016 International Woodcarvers Congress Best of Show Winner

As always, assembling the photo gallery for the International Woodcarver Congress Winners is the greatest amount of work of any single article in WOM.  The 2016 IWC Gallery was no exception, starting with Josh Guge’s wonderful Best of Show winner.   This edition has some 287 photos (twice that number if you count the thumbnails) including some of the best carvings you will see anywhere.  In the winner galleries you’ll find 164 of photographer Marc Featherly‘s excellent studio photos of the winners at IWC 2016, including more photos of the Best of Show winner.

In addition to the gallery of the prize-winning carvings, you’ll also find Marc’s candid photos from the Classes, Award Banquet, the Judges, the Show floor, and other photos around and about during Congress.

As always, the photos in the winner’s gallery are clickable, and will take you to much larger versions of these great carvings.  (Much larger then you’ll see in any paper publication.)  The large photos will afford you the opportunity to really look at the winners in detail.

To visit the galleries, in the menu bar above click on WOM, then on The Galleries menu item, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

CCA 2016 National Caricature Carving Competition

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1st Place, Group Human  2016 CCA Caricature Carving Competition

Each year in August the Caricature Carvers of America sponsor the National Caricature Carving Competition,  Judging takes place at the home of the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club in Converse IN. We are pleased to once again present a photo gallery of the Competition winners.  As always, photo galleries in WOM include large scale photos of the winners so that you can get a close-up view of the work.

To view the 2016 winners click HERE or click the WOM menu item to go the the Galleries page.

The 2017 National Competition will occur in Converse in late August, 2017.  Cash prizes are given to the three Best of Show winners, as well as first and second place in each group.   For more information, visit the CCA home page HERE.

Artistry in Wood 2015 – Show Report

AN ORIGINAL ~ Dayton Artistry in Wood

By Don Mertz

Artistry In Wood is the original show by that name, first used in 1981 with its founding show. Dayton Carvers Guild established a committee to plan their first woodcarving show.  Carol Kunz suggested the name Artistry in Wood for the show’s name as an overall description of the kind of show the committee would develop.  The purpose of Artistry in Wood is to plan and provide the “best” carving show experience for exhibitors, vendors and visitors alike by maintaining the high qualities reflecting an “art show” dedicated to wood. From the beginning the “plan” also included that a charity should also benefit from the proceeds of the show.

Artistry in Wood is very unique in the world of carving shows in that its proceeds primarily benefit United Rehabilitation Services, which is a local charity in the Dayton area, along with Partners Against Crime.  Since that first show, Artistry in Wood has contributed over $145,000.00 to charities.

Other shows may use this catchy title for their carving show but there is none that equals the ORIGINAL Artistry in Wood.  The 2015 show display area was expanded to accommodate 18 additional exhibitors who would have otherwise remained on a waiting list.  Always planning and working to continue this show of excellence, the AIW committee is open to making innovative improvements for the benefit of exhibitors as well as visitors to the show.  We want to make each show a “once in a life time experience” that can be repeated each year with an ongoing parade of memories. Over 5,000 visitors experienced the once in a life time experience of the 2015 show.

New Location and Date For 2016

As “An Original” Artistry in Wood continues its tradition of excellence as it moves to a new location for the 2016 show.  The new location is the Roberts Centre at exit 50 off Interstate 71, half way between Columbus and Cincinnati and approximated 45 miles south east of the previous show location.  The reason for the move is because the Dayton International Airport decided to use the Expo Center for only airport purposes.  The Roberts Centre is large enough to accommodate the size in which Artistry in Wood has grown to accommodate the number of participants and visitors.

The Roberts Centre includes a Holiday Inn with 115 rooms, a Max and Erma restaurant, concession services and adequate onsite parking. The convenience of location in an attractive and spacious Roberts Grand Ballroom will be an inviting new location for the Dayton Artistry in Wood Show.

The date for the 2016 show is September 3 and 4 (Labor Day weekend), the only available opening for the coming year. The change of date and location may present some inconvenience for participants and visitors during this transition time, but be assured that Artistry in Wood is still dedicated to maintaining its original purpose of planning and providing for the best and original woodcarving and woodworking show of its kind and benefiting its charity of choice.

Vic Hood was the Guest Artist of the 2015 show Special Exhibit.  You’ll find a photo gallery of Vic and his work elsewhere in this issue of WOM.

The 2015 edition of AIW had exhibitors from 24 different states plus Canada along with over 5,000 visitors who came from all over the United States as well as Canada to view the display tables of 221 exhibitors and 26 vendors in 313 spaces.

AIW sponsors a competition in the divisions of Woodworking and Woodcarving. There were 377 entries in the Woodcarving division in 22 categories containing 65 classes. The division of Woodworking had 87 entries in 9 categories containing 23 classes.

The Best of Show winners in Woodcarving were:

  • Terry Brasher from Petersburg, TN., first
  • Steve Burelison from Bradford, OH, second
  • Kathy Mitchell from Windsor Ontario, Canada, third

Woodworking Best of Show winners were:

  • Mark Waninger from Jamestown, IN, first
  • Weston Hirschfeld from New Bremen, OH, second
  • Mike Allen from Bellevue, OH, third

Judges of Woodworking division were: Roger Hornung, Jim McCann and Lary Sanders and judges of Woodcarving division were Al Fulford, Janet Cordell and Rick Harney.

Visitors had the opportunity to attend educational and informative woodworking and woodcarving Demonstrations on both days with Mark Waninger, Charley Phillips and Debbie Anderson demonstrating on Saturday and Jim Willis, Don Worley and Scott Phillips demonstrating on Sunday.

Other attractions included:

  • The Woodcarving Illustrated hosted series of mini Spit and Whittle Seminars
  • Western Ohio Woodworkers facilitated a Youth Program of hands-on woodworking projects
  • A silent auction of a variety of carved and wood worked art pieces
  • An ornament carving contest where visitors could watch a new piece being created
  • A magazine recycle table of wood related magazines available for a donation
  • The main raffle of 124 carved ornaments, 3 donated carvings of past winners, a Gerstner Tool box and a box of 500 $1.00 gold coins

One of the special highlights of Artistry in Wood shows is always the banquet for exhibitors at which time the winner of the Ron Ryan Award is announced. Mulie Sheets was the 2015 recipient as one who exemplifies the passion and advancement of wood carving in the example of Ron Ryan.  Also during the banquet a fund raising raffle is conducted for a variety of donated prizes with the proceeds helping with the $5000 gift to United Rehabilitation Services as the show’s designated charity.

The Caricature Carvers of America will hold their annual meeting in conjunction with the Dayton Artistry in Wood Show on September 3-4, 2016 and carvers and visitors alike will have the opportunity to meet and greet these caricature carvers.

The best of the 2015 show along with the best of previous years will continue in a new location and a new date for 2016 because Artistry in Wood is committed to continue all that Dayton Artistry in Wood has come to mean as “An Original.”  

2015 Artistry In Wood Photo Galleries

Artistry In Wood 2015 Photo Galleries

Photography by Marc Featherly

To visit the Gallery pages, click the links below, or the Galleries link in the menu bar to the left.

Artistry in Wood 2015 Carving Winners – click HERE

Artistry in Wood 2015 Woodworking Winners – click HERE

International Woodcarvers Congress 2015 Winner Galleries

Rick Harney's Best of Show winner at the 2015 International Woodcarvers Congress.

Rick Harney’s Best of Show winner at the 2015 International Woodcarvers Congress.

Assembling the photo gallery for the International Woodcarver Congress Winners has always been the greatest amount of work of any single article in WOM, but I know I’ll be working with great photos of great carvings.  The 2015 IWC Gallery was no exception, starting with Rick Harney’s Best of Show winner.   This edition has some 296 photos (twice that number if you count the thumbnails) including some of the best carvings you will see anywhere.  In the winner galleries you’ll find 162 of photographer Marc Featherly‘s excellent studio photos of the winners at IWC 2015, including more photos of the Best of Show winner.

In addition to the gallery of the prize-winning carvings, you’ll also find Marc’s candid photos from the Classes, Award Banquet, the Judges, the Show floor, and other photos around and about during Congress.

As always, the photos in the winner’s gallery are clickable, and will take you to much larger versions of these great carvings.  (Much larger then you’ll see in any paper publication.)  The large photos will afford you the opportunity to really look at the winners in detail.

To visit the galleries, in the menu bar above click on WOM, then on The Galleries menu item, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

2014 Artistry in Wood Show Report

Artistry In Wood – A Show of Shows

By Don Mertz

Since 1981 the Dayton, Ohio Artistry in Wood show has gained the acclaim of being “A Show of Shows” in that each year it continues to be the show to visit and experience for the first time over and over again.  The 2014 edition hosted approximately 5,400 visitors who viewed over 225 exhibitors’ displays and visited numerous vendors of tools, supplies, wood and books for all who appreciate the creative works of art in the medium of wood.

First time visitors were in awe at the size of the exposition hall, aesthetically laid out with carpeted walkways and curtained aisles that led to rows of exhibitors, with each one offering unique and beautiful wooden art that captured the appreciation of admiring eyes and hopeful shoppers.  Many visitors discovered that one day was not long enough to take in all the wonders of creative inspiration.  Returning for the second day became an adventure of discovery of a new eye catcher that was overlooked the first day.

One first time visitor who represents the sentiments of many first timers commented on the show through Facebook saying: The wife and I attended the show for the first time. It was Amazing!! The variety of work was overwhelming to a “newbie” like me. Everything from carved Popsicle sticks to a life sized fisherman reeling in a bass! All the exhibitors we talked to were more than willing to share their expertise, great bunch of folks, and with all the vendors in one spot it was like Christmas. (I spent too much!!)

Another good show, was a comment often repeated along with sentiments that the show gets better and better.  So whether it was first time visitors or long time return visitors the sentiments were all complimentary.

Why Artistry in Wood is considered the Show of Shows can be answered in a variety of ways. First is the reputation of providing the best venue for exhibitors to display and sell their art as well as entering woodcarvings and woodworking projects in competition that has a full range of categories and classes judged by knowledgeable and respected judges.

Woodcarving judges included:

  • Josh Guge, Gilberts, IL
  • Rick Harney, Normal, IL
  • John Engler, Battlefield, MO.

All together, they judged 327 carving entries.

The top carving winners were:

  • Best of Show – Charley Phillips, Newark, TX
  • 2nd Best of Show, Sandy Czajka, Troy, OH
  • 3rd Best of Show – Dylan Goodson, AL.

Woodworking judges were:

  • Roger Hornung, Germantown, OH,
  • Lary Sanders, Springfield, OH
  • Jim McCann, Brookville, OH

They judged 86 woodworking entries, and the top woodworking projects were:

  • Best of Show – Jay Kinsinger, Cedarvillle, OH
  • 2nd Best, Deborah Anderson, Carbon, IN
  • 3rd Best, Mark Waninger Jamestown, IN.

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2014 Artistry In Wood Photo Galleries

Artistry In Wood 2014 Photo Galleries

Photography by Marc Featherly

To visit the Gallery pages, click the links below, or the Galleries link in the menu bar to the left.

Artistry in Wood 2014 Carving Winners – click HERE

Artistry in Wood 2014 Woodworking Winners – click HERE

2014 Artistry in Wood Casual Photosclick HERE

IWC 2015 Best of Show

International Woodcarvers Congress 2015 Best of Show winners:

Best of Show:  Spunk – Rick Harney

Best of Show First Runner-up:  Artemis – David Seagraves

Best of Show Second Runner-up:  Air O’Smith – Terry Brasher

More casual photos in a future edition of WOM, and the professional photo gallery once photos are available.

IWC 2015 Best of Show - Spunk by Rick Harney

IWC 2015 Best of Show – Spunk by Rick Harney

IWC 2015 Best of Show First Runner-up:  Artemis by David Seagraves

IWC 2015 Best of Show First Runner-up: Artemis by David Seagraves

IWC 2015 Best of Show 2nd Runner-up:  Air O'Smith by Terry Brasher

IWC 2015 Best of Show 2nd Runner-up: Air O’Smith by Terry Brasher