Master Woodworking Artist of the Year



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 fhc@beaversbend.com or visit www.forestry.ok.gov/master-woodworking-artist-of-the-year

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. 


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'