Mohawk Valley Art & Woodcarving Association
Sorry everyone, but we are going to wax prolixic again this month! Anyone who doesn't recognize the 'P' word is required to review last month's newsletter. You obviously weren't paying close attention. The verboseness cannot be avoided. Your newsletter author attended his first woodcarving workshop and his (ummmm... 1... 2... 3... ) seventh MVAWA Woodcarving Show during a five day span, and there's just too much to relate. This might require two installments. Oh, and then there's the May meeting... that he didn't attend. Well, there's only so much even a young woodcarver can physically handle. It was a lousy way to start the week since I missed the decorative carving program by Walt LeClair, Joe Rusik and Mike Fields. I beg forgiveness. Even with one overnight in Albany, Harold and I were looking at two round trips to Amsterdam and two to Albany that week. Something had to give somewhere in the schedule. If not, our wives would have had us evaluated or had lawyers serving us with papers... probably both!
The May Meeting
Your newsletter author is going to be lazy here, and insert meeting minutes as recorded by Martha Colinas. Not having been there, the usual drivel I include about the meeting would have to be fabricated. Well... that happens a lot anyway, but this month there are two unique sections to create drivel for, so...
Thirty-two members of the Mohawk Valley Art and Woodcarving Association and a guest met at the Inman Center for the May meeting. President Carl Borst presided. The minutes of the April meeting were accepted as read. A balance of $7136.89 was reported by the Treasurer. A guest, Sr. Marie Bowe was introduced.
Show co-chairman, George Hallenback, reported that $1750.00 has been Received from 50 exhibitors and 2 vendors for 80 tables. Seventy-five dinner reservations have been received. He reminded members that help is needed on Friday evening to set up tables and on Sunday at the close of the Show to take them down. For display, the tables need to be covered to the floor. Members are asked to park along the chain link fence. Saturday hours are 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Morning coffee and doughnuts will be available for members and exhibitors. Lunch can be purchased in the cafeteria.
Andy Ebli, Nativity chairman said the Nativity has been photographed and will be on display during the Show and ticket sales.
Ron Redmond asked for news articles and pictures for Club history records.
Carol Ayers has patches for sale at $3.50 to members and $4.00 if purchased at the Show.
In addition to her previous contacts, Sister Mary Ellen arranged with Elisa Streeter, Channel 10, to promote the Show on Thursday 6:00 PM News. NEWW newsletter published a promo and a small ad will be in the Daily Gazette on Friday.
Walt LeClair put the Show sign on Rte 155 at the turn to Airline Drive.
Tickets and posters have been distributed. To date, 325 raffle tickets have been sold.
Andy Ebli reported that a card sent to Fred Jenzer has helped improve his condition following surgery.
Dick Moran reported that the June program will be a carve-along. In July, relief carving will be featured. The David Sabol workshop will begin Wednesday evening and conclude on Friday. Interruptions by non-participants are not welcome.
Carl Borst has Newsletters from Onondaga, Mid-Hudson and Plattsburgh carving clubs.
Mary Finlay, an Altamont Fairground Official has requested a woodcarving demo and sale during the GE Quarter Century meeting on September 9th at the Fairgrounds. Food will be available. More details will follow.
Approval to adjourn was unanimous.
Walt LeClair, Joe Rusik and Mike Fields displayed a wide variety of small decorative carvings and explained woods, techniques and ideas used to create them. A fine presentation!
Our schedule for the remainder of the year:
The Workshop with David Sabol
What a great time it was! Since this
was my first time, there is no previous workshop to compare it to.
I believe a 'fine time was had by all'... even the 'bird carvers'.
More on that later. As advertised, David offered us two carving projects,
a characature Santa holding Rudolph, or a downy woodpecker. Then
he pulls out a surprise third project offered in only one class before
ours. There on the table is a dancing 'German' Santa complete with
leiderhosen and beer steins. Harold Kaltenbach, my carving partner
for the week, has a large German background, so his eyes lit up like Christmas
(quite appropriate). Me, I don't have much German in my ancestry,
but Harold has had to put up with my Scandinavian carving 'stuff' for years,
so this is payback. Besides, the other Santa project was on the cover
of Woodcarving Illustrated a couple years back, and here, suddenly, was
fresh material, new territory. We're both psyched. Then there
was another surprise bonus. One of the carvers in the group who was
giving me an inferiority complex just at the prospect of carving the same
characature project, decides to carve... what? the bird! Go figure!
Well, to avoid casting a stigma, we won't mention their name here, just
call them 'Carver X'.
The Woodcarving Show
We did it! We made it bigger and we made it better. ‘We’ being a collective MVAWA ‘we’ of course. Walked into the new show site, saw enough room for three basketball games and a V’ball game, and thought to myself, “Yep, picked a fine time to come to my first Friday night setup party!” Actually, we had plenty of hands on hand, and it went quickly. By morning the low light and no air conditioning problems were gone. The site was great, unfortunately so was the weather. Even competing with the weather we still saw a big attendance increase, but haven’t seen any numbers yet. And the winners are...
And the finalists are:
Second Best of Class: John Grygiel For: Swan Spoon
Second Best of Class: Hubert Plymale For: Mama Bear with 2 Cubs
Finally, drum roll please!
MVAWA Woodcarving Show 2000 Best of Show
****** TED SLAWENSKI For: Gorilla ******
Now I gotta beat it! We’ll try to relate
more on the show in the next news letter, but for now... I’m way over my
quota. Don’t forget the club picnic on August XX. See ya at
the next meeting.
Thursday Wood Carving News
Thursday, May 11th - Thirty-four
carvers in attendance
Well, the show was a success! We came out about $300 to the good with expenses about $2500! The Nativity Raffle also showed a profit. Many people worked on the show and I thank them all. What a great group of people!Thursday, May 18th - Twenty-seven carvers in attendance