Masters at Work: Woodturning Competition & Exhibit

Wood turning competition to make Beads of Courage Containers

Visitors to the Forest Heritage Center are in for a treat during the Masters at Work: Beads of Courage competition, happening on September 13-15. While partnering with the Beads of Courage Program, our artists will provide arts in medicine for children with serious illnesses. The Beads of Courage Program is designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program, children tell their stories using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. The turnings created by wood artists will be presented to the children as a safe-keeping treasure box for their beads.

 During the two day competition on Friday and Saturday, five Master Woodturners will compete in four competitions. This year the cast of female turners will showcase the diversity among woodturning styles with spindles, platters, lidded containers, and an always exciting turner’s choice category. The weekend provides an excellent opportunity for the public to see wood art being created from start to finish, interact with some of the area’s most talented wood artists, and purchase some great wood art gifts. The exhibit will open to the public with a special reception on Sunday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. to announce the winners of the competitions.

 Other activities that will take place on Sept. 14 and 15 include an outdoor painting class and Oklahoma Forestry Services will have foresters on hand both days to visit with people about their tree and forest concerns.

2019 Exhibit Open to the Public: September 13th - October 20th

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

 For more information about all of the events call the Forest Heritage Center at (580) 494-6497 or email at  This event is made possible through the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services and Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.