“Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” Exhibit

The Forest Heritage Center Museum, located in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was thrilled to officially be designated as the “Wood Art Capital of Oklahoma” in 2010. This new claim of fame authorized 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 3rd from 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Forest Heritage Center Museum will open the very first juried “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit with a reception and awards presentation.

The exhibit will continue through May 5th as it showcases some of the most intriguing and innovational pieces of wood art selected from thirteen 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.”

Who will hold the title for 2013? Competing artists include:

Tommy Allen, Idabel, Oklahoma;
Ben Berryman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
Jim Cate, Howe, Oklahoma;
Dewayne Colwell, Blanchard, Oklahoma;
Ron Engel-Wilson, Idabel, Oklahoma;
Didier Jegaden, Edmond, Oklahoma;
Butch Lindsey, Tuttle Oklahoma;
Ray McAdams, Ashdown, Arkansas;
Allen Phillips, Dekalb, Texas;
Miguel Rivera, Nogales, Arizona
Kenneth Vonk, Mena, Arkansas.

Quintus Herron, former Board Chair and one of the original founders of the Forest Heritage Center, pointed out that from the museums inception in 1976, the Center 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 that could be shown. The Wood Art Gallery has been very well received by museum visitors and in fact has generated a new audience of wood collectors and art lovers who appreciate the beauty and artistry of wood.

This exhibit will be no different! The “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit will be open FREE to the public from March 3rd – May 5th at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. 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@ag.ok.gov 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.