Mar 8, 2020 - May 10, 2020
The work of some of the nation’s top wood artists will be on display during the 2020 “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit, which will happen at the Forest Heritage Center Museum in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park. Oklahoma’s 2020 Master Woodworking Artist of the Year will be named during the gallery’s opening reception at 1:30 on March 8th and the hand-crafted pieces will remain on display through May 10th.
The forest provides the medium for talented artists who carve, turn and sculpt the wood into magnificent forms that challenge the boundaries of the imagination. Past winners of the title of Master Woodworking Artist of the Year include Phil Wiles of Norfork, AR, Jerry Brownrigg of Alva, OK, Kenneth Vonk of Mena, AR, Kevin Walker of Rudy, AR, and Wayne Delyea of Granbury, TX.
The Forest Heritage Center is the perfect setting to showcase the art of the forest, with over 50 species of trees found within a 1 mile radius of the museum’s home in Beavers Bend State Park. Many wood artists select their material from this diverse array of native woods, choosing to harvest dead standing or fallen timber or knots and burls that are otherwise unsuitable for construction, adding untold value to Oklahoma’s already booming forestry industry.
The “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit will be open FREE to the public from March 8th – May 10th at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. Opening reception will be held on March 8th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 580-494-6497, email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.forestry.ok.gov/master-woodworking-artist-of-the-year