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 and therefore on Sunday, March 5th from 1:30-3:00 p.m., the Forest Heritage Center Museum will open the sixth juried "Master Woodworking Artist of the Year" exhibit with a reception and awards presentation.
The exhibit will continue through May 7th as it showcases some of the most intriguing and innovational pieces of wood art selected from fourteen 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 2017 artists included:
Deborah Barnes-Barnett of Garvin, Oklahoma; Earl Braddy, Broken Bow, Oklahoma; Rob Colton, Oxford, Arkansas; Wayne Delyea, Granbury, Texas; Didier Jégaden, Edmond, Oklahoma; Butch Lindsey, Tuttle, Oklahoma; Allen Phillips, DeKalb, Texas; Calista Stephens, Broken Bow, Oklahoma; Ron Engel-Wilson, Idabel, Oklahoma; Darrell Whisenhunt, Mena, Arkansas; Phil Wiles, Norfork, Arkansas; and Robert Wilson, Newalla, Oklahoma.
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.
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.