Events Around the Beavers Bend
September 13 - September 15
Masters at Work: Containers for Courage Competition
Forest Heritage Center

Visitors to the Forest Heritage Center are in for a treat during the Masters at Work: Containers for Courage competition, happening on September 13-15. While partnering with the Beads of Courage Program, our artists will provide arts in medicine for children with serious illnesses. The Beads of Courage Program is designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program, children tell their stories using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. The turnings created by wood artists will be presented to the children as a safe-keeping treasure box for their beads. During the two day competition on Friday and Saturday, five Master Woodturners will compete in four competitions. This year the cast of female turners will showcase the diversity among woodturning styles with spindles, platters, lidded containers, and an always exciting turner’s choice category. Demonstrating artist will include Janice Levi, Brazos Valley Woodturners; Mary Brewer, River Valley Woodturners; Sarah and Donna Frazier, Hunt County Woodturners; Sarah Mantooth, Central Oklahoma Woodturners and Diane Whalen, Tulsa Woodturners. The weekend provides an excellent opportunity for the public to see wood art being created from start to finish, interact with some of the area’s most talented wood artists, and purchase some great wood art gifts. The exhibit will open to the public with a special reception on Sunday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. to announce the winners of the competitions. Along with the competitions, the Forest Heritage Center will host an art retreat. Talented artist Jamie Carter will have a Painting Workshop: “Capturing Nature’s Beauty” for adults, beginners or advanced painters on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. Participants may take the painting workshop for one or both days. For more information or to register, visit or contact Jamie at 903-674-2018. This exhibit promises to be an enjoyable event that will showcase the unique form of wood art. The woodturning competition will be held September 13 and 14 from 8am until 5pm at the Forest Heritage Center Museum with an opening reception on September 15 at 1:30 pm. The exhibit gallery will be open free to the public until October 20. Gallery hours will be Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center at 580-494-6497, email or visit us at This exhibit is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association.