Master Woodworking Artist of the Year


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.

Phil Wiles of Norfolk, Arkansas, was presented the "Master Woodworking Artist of the Year" title on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 with a piece called 'Autumn Leaves' during the opening exhibit reception and awards presentation at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.

Phil Wiles also received second place for his substantial wood art piece titled ‘Eleven Hundred Pieces’ and third place went to Robert “Mogi” Morgan of Flippin, Arkansas, for his piece titled ‘Moosey.’

Places for the “Exemplary Local Artist of the Year” (McCurtain County residence only) category included:
1st Place: Jim Thompson of Broken Bow, OK for his piece titled ‘Segmented #11;” 2nd Place: Tommy Allen of Idabel, OK for his piece titled, ‘Feather II;’ 3rd Place: Tommy Allen of Idabel, OK for his piece titled, ‘Spiral.’

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 ‘Feather II’ by Tommy Allen, Idabel, Oklahoma, and a wood art collage piece by Allen Phillips of Dekalb, Arkansas.

The exhibit will continue through May 4th, 2014 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 2014 artists included:

Tommy Allen, Idabel, Oklahoma;
Didier Jegaden, Edmond, Oklahoma;
James Laster, Paris, Texas;
Butch Lindsey, Tuttle Oklahoma;
Ray McAdams, Ashdown, Arkansas;
Marion McDaniel, Dallas, Texas;
Robert “Mogi” Morgan, Flippin, Arkansas;
Allen Phillips, Dekalb, Texas;
Jim Thompson, Broken Bow, Oklahoma;
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 2nd – May 4th at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
Gallery hours:
     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 fhc@beaversbend.com 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” opening reception. 

     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.

2014 Artist of the Year ~ Phil Wiles

2014 Artist of the Year ~ Phil Wiles

2014 ~ Phil Wiles ~ Autumn Leaves

2014 ~ Phil Wiles ~ Autumn Leaves

2014 3rd Place ~ Robert "Mogi" Morgan

2014 3rd Place ~ Robert "Mogi" Morgan

2014 ~ Exemplary Local Artist ~ Jim Thompson

2014 ~ Exemplary Local Artist ~ Jim Thompson

2014 ~2nd & 3rd Exemplary Local Artist ~ Tommy Allen

2014 ~2nd & 3rd Exemplary Local Artist ~ Tommy Allen

2014 ~ Allen Phillips Wood Art Collage

2014 ~ Allen Phillips Wood Art Collage

2014 Master Woodworking Artist of the Year exhibit

2014 Master Woodworking Artist of the Year exhibit

2013 Master Woodworking Artist, Kenneth Vonk

2013 Master Woodworking Artist, Kenneth Vonk

Kenneth Vonk's 2013 winning piece, 'Wellspring James 5:18'

Kenneth Vonk's 2013 winning piece, 'Wellspring James 5:18'

2013 Exemplary Local Artist, Ron Engel-Wilson, Idabel, OK

2013 Exemplary Local Artist, Ron Engel-Wilson, Idabel, OK

2013 Master Woodworking Artist of the Year gallery

2013 Master Woodworking Artist of the Year gallery

2012 Artist of the Year: Jerry Brownrigg, Alva, OK "Australian Red Gum"

2012 Artist of the Year: Jerry Brownrigg, Alva, OK "Australian Red Gum"

2012 2nd Place: Paul Stafford, Littletone, CO "Zippered Aspen Bowl"

2012 2nd Place: Paul Stafford, Littletone, CO "Zippered Aspen Bowl"

2012 1st Place Exemplary Local Artist, Tommy Allen, Idabel, OK

2012 1st Place Exemplary Local Artist, Tommy Allen, Idabel, OK

2012 1st Place Exemplary Local Artist: Tommy Allen, Idabel, OK (back side view)

2012 1st Place Exemplary Local Artist: Tommy Allen, Idabel, OK (back side view)

2012 3rd Place Exemplary Local Artist: Tommy Allen, Idabel, OK

2012 3rd Place Exemplary Local Artist: Tommy Allen, Idabel, OK

2012 Purchase Award: Barbara Dill, Rockville, VA 'Turned Tea Set'

2012 Purchase Award: Barbara Dill, Rockville, VA 'Turned Tea Set'

2012 Purchase Award: Hayes Copeland, Sallisaw, OK 'Ribbon'

2012 Purchase Award: Hayes Copeland, Sallisaw, OK 'Ribbon'