The Forest Heritage Center Museum (FHC), located in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was officially designated as the “Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma” in 2010. This new fame to claim authorizes the museum to bestow the title of “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” to a commendable artist in their field.
Kevin Walker of Rudy, Arkansas, was presented the "Master Woodworking Artist of the Year" title on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 with a piece called 'Spring Blossoms' during the opening exhibit reception and awards presentation at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
Butch Lindsey of Tuttle, OK, received second place for his substantial Mahogany Platter and first ever tie for third place went to Bill Koch, 'Water Oak Burl' and Phil Wiles for 'Basket Illusion.'
Places for the “Exemplary Local Artist of the Year” category included:
1st Place: Allen Phillips of Dekalb, TX for his segmented bench, 2nd Place: Ray McAdams of Ashdown, AR for his Celtic Knot ornament, 3rd Place: Jim & Jacque Thompson of Broken Bow, OK for Bois-d' ark woodturning.
The Forest Heritage Center Museum offered several Purchase Awards from local artists in addition to the whole show. The Purchase Award pieces will go into our permanent collection and will be on display throughout the year at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. This year’s purchase awards included a piece titled ‘Mahogany Platter’ by Butch Lindsey, ‘Elegant Elm’ by Robert Wilson, ‘Celtic Knot Ornament’ by Ray McAdams, ‘Wind-Blown’ by William Bradford and ‘Black Widow’ by Darrell Whisenhunt.
The exhibit continued through May 3rd, 2015 as it showcases some of the most intriguing and innovative pieces of wood art selected from eleven artists. “The objects will be diverse and should create a lot of conversation about the beautiful art forms that come from trees,” stated Doug Zook, FHC director. “We are pleased to have these talented wood artists commit to a project of this magnitude and help raise the stature of wood art in Oklahoma.”
Competing 2015 artists included:
Tommy Allen, Idabel, Oklahoma;
William Bradford, Idabel, Oklahoma;
Richard Duval, Mead, Oklahoma;
Ron Engel-Wilson, Idabel, Oklahoma;
James Howe, Branson West, Missouri;
Didier Jegaden, Edmond, Oklahoma;
Kim Kenney, Cassville, Missouri;
Bill Koch, Jay, Oklahoma;
Butch Lindsey, Tuttle Oklahoma;
Ray McAdams, Ashdown, Arkansas;
Robert “Mogi” Morgan, Flippin, Arkansas;
Allen Phillips, Dekalb, Texas;
Jim Thompson, Broken Bow, Oklahoma;
Kevin Walker, Rudy, Arkansas;
Ralph Watts, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
Darrell Whisenhunt, Mena, Arkansas;
Phil Wiles, Norfork, Arkansas;
Robert Wilson, Newalla, Oklahoma.
The “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit will be open FREE to the public from March 6th – May 8th at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday and
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday
For more information call 580-494-6497, email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.forestery.ok.gov/fhc.
This exhibit is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association.
On March 3rd,2013 participating artists and guests stood patiently awaiting the results at the “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year”
2013 Artist of the Year: Kenneth Vonk of Mena, Arkansas, with ‘Wellspring James 5:18’
2nd Place: Miguel Rivera of Nogales, Arizona for his substantial wood art pieces titled, ‘Shaman #3’
3rd Place: Miquel Rivera of Nogales, Arizona for his artwork, ‘My Fallen Angel.’
Places for the “Exemplary Local Artist of the Year” (McCurtain County residence only) category included:
1st Place: Ron Engel-Wilson of Idabel, OK for his piece titled ‘Beauty Within;”
2nd Place: Tommy Allen of Idabel, OK for his piece titled, ‘Lone King;’
3rd Place: Tommy Allen of Idabel, OK for his piece titled, ‘Untitled.’
The Forest Heritage Center Museum offered several Purchase Awards from local artists, in addition to the whole show. These pieces will go into the Museum's permanent collection and will be on display throughout the year at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
Local Woodworking Artist of the Year Purchase Awards included:
Ron Engel-Wilson for his pieces ‘Attack of the Sloth II” and “Beauty Within.”
Master Woodworking Artist of the Year Purchase Awards included:
Ray McAdams of Ashdown, AR for his piece “Untitled #109”
Kenneth Vonk of Mena, AR for his piece titled, ‘Wellspring James 5:18.’
“As the newly recognized Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma, we are honored to host such a prominent exhibit with commendable artists, known to many, by their wood art,” stated Doug Zook, FHC Museum Director.
Quintus Herron, former FHC Board Chair and one of the original FHC founders, pointed out that from the museum’s inception in 1976 it has promoted wood art, beginning with the acquisition of the iconic Peter Toth sculpture known as the Whispering Giant in 1976, the recent addition of the Pine Maiden and the board of directors’ ongoing sponsorship of the woodturning classes at area high schools
In 1996, the Wood Art Gallery was established to showcase some of the finest works of art utilizing wood as a medium. The Wood Art Gallery has been very well-received by museum visitors and has generated a new audience of wood collectors and art lovers who appreciate the beauty and artistry of wood.