Events & Gatherings

Northeast

Connecticut

Festival

NORTHEAST WATERFOWL FESTIVAL

Sept 19-20—New Haven—Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd. Carving competition, seminars, food, vendors. Contact: Joe, (617) 784-7789. www.northeastwaterfowlfestival.com, or on Facebook.

Maine

Competition and Show

Maine Wood Carvers Association 29th Annual Show and Competition

Sept 19—Augusta— Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St. Hours: 9-4. Realistic bird carvings, decoys, wildlife, caricatures, chip charving, relief carving, chainsaw carving, wood turns, intarsia; carving competition; vendor booths; carving tool sales; wood sales; raffles. Awesome artistry from New England and Canada. Featured carver Erwin Flewelling. Open to the general public. Admission $4; under 14 years free. Contact: Bob Grimm, (207) 647-1223, rbtgrm@yahoo.com; mainewoodcarvers.org.

MAINE COAST CARVING AND ART COMPETITION

Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association. Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4. Open to the public; no admission. Entries taken on Friday, July 10, 12-6, and Saturday morning, 7-9. Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Open and Masters.Youth fee $5, Novice, Intermediate and Open fee  $10, Masters fee $12. Bring your carvings, artwork, and photography. Contact: Ellen, (207) 338-5309; Karen, (207) 789-5363; nwood2@myfairpoint.net.

New York

Duck Boat and Decoy Show

35TH SOUTH SHORE WATERFOWLERS ASSN DUCK, BOAT & DECOY SHOW

Oct 25—Babylon—Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean Parkway. Hours: 9-5. Vendor contact: Curt Matzinger, (631) 799-6613; SSWA, PO Box 217, Brightwaters, NY 11718.

Massachusetts

Carving Contest

John LaForest Bird Carving Contest

Aug 29MarshfieldMarshfield Fair, Rt. 3A, Main St. Hours noon-5; entries 11-noon.  2014 bird category is "Birds of Massachusetts."  Masters (new), Open, Intermediate and Novice classes in life-size, miniature, and decoy/stick-up. $15 first entry open, $5 each additional; $10 entry novice and intermediate, $5 each additional.  Fees include admission to the fair. $50 first prize Open and Masters, $35 first prize Intermediate, $25 first prize Novice. Ribbons and rosettes also awarded. “Birds of Massachusetts” are defined for this contest as only those listed on the Massachusetts Audubon Daily Field Guide. Contact us for a list and other details. Contact: Kevin Dunn (781) 837-3786, kdunn603@verizon.net; +Tom Hogan (781) 834-7725,Timahogan@aol.com.

Show and Sale

12TH ANNUAL BIRD CARVERS & WILDLIFE ARTS SHOW & SALE

 

Sept 12-13—East Sandwich—Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Rd. Hours: 10-4. Demonstrations, exhibits, appraisals, silent auction. New England’s most prestigious carvers of birds and animals plus wildlife painters.  Admission: $3 members, $5 non-members.  Fees benefit the educational programs of the Burgess Society. Contact: www.thorntonburgess.org/BirdCarversShow&Sale.htm.

Canada

Ontario

Competition

KAWARTHA CARVING COMPETITION

Sept 12—Bobcaygeon—Bobcaygeon Curling Club, Mansfield St. Contact: info@kawarthacarvingcompetition.org.

New Brunswick

Competition and Show

10th Annual Maritime Wood Carving Competition & Show, August 8-9, 2015

St. Andrews. Registration: Friday, Aug 7 and Saturday morning. Competition levels: Youth, Novice, Intermediate and Open class. Cash prizes for best of all levels and Purchase Awards.
Theme bird: Any Shorebird.  Complete information on the show (head carving competition, demonstrations, etc.) at: http://www.nbwccs.ca/. Contact: Gord Willett (506) 366-9099.

Southeast

Virginia

Festival

25TH CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND DECOY AND FESTIVAL

Sept 5-6Chincoteague IslandChincoteague Community Center, 55 Community Dr. Saturday 9- 5; Sunday 10- 4. Presented by Chincoteague Decoy  Carvers and Artist Association. Daily admission $3; weekend pass $5; children under 12 free with adult. Over 40 exhibitors displaying decoy carvings, wildlife painting, fine arts, photography, jewelry, and carving and art supplies; raffle items. Joe Engers will be available to assist in appraisals and identification of decoys. Food sale includes hot dogs, crab cakes, and baked goods. Raffle proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artist Association's College Scholarship Fund. Contact: Cinda & John Walls (410) 546-1635.

Florida

Show and Sale

35TH CALUSA WOOD CARVERS ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE

Feb 27-28, 2016—Hudson—Veterans Memorial Park, 14330 Hicks Rd. Sat 10 -4, Sun 10-3. Vendors, free demonstrations; refreshments available. Admission: $3 donation gives you a great day with carvers and the right to vote for your favorite carvings in the People's Choice division. Contact: David Gourlem  (727) 376-2180, Dave43@tampabay.rr.com.

North Carolina

Festival

28TH ANNUAL CORE SOUND DECOY FESTIVAL

Dec 5-6­Harkers Island. Hours: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10–4. The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations and competitions, including duck calling, loon calling and head whittling. There are activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event.  Contact: decoyguild.com, or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook.

Alabama

Competition and Show

NORTH ALABAMA WOODCARVERS ASSOCIATION 34TH ANNUAL SHOW AND COMPETITION

Nov 7-8–Huntsville– Huntsville Jaycees Building, 2180 Airport Road SW. Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun10-4. Free admission. Collectibles, fine arts, caricatures, holiday gifts, vendors: tools and supplies, 30+ competition categories. Contact: Sandra K. Horn, (256) 683-2052, skhorn@bellsouth.net; nawawoodcarvers.org.

 

Midwest

Wisconsin

Show

LAKE COUNTRY CARVERS ANNUAL SHOW

Aug 1– Oconomowoc–The Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W Wisconsin Ave. Hours: 10-4. Contact: Ray Burow, (920) 474-4075, rburow1@wi.rr.com.

LAKE COUNTRY CARVERS ANNUAL SHOW

 

Aug 1– Oconomowoc–The Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W Wisconsin Ave. Hours: 10-4. Contact: Ray Burow, (920) 474-4075, rburow1@wi.rr.com.

Show and Sale

ROCK RIVER VALLEY CARVERS OF WISCONSIN 10TH ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE

Sept 12– Janesville–Rock County Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave. Hours: 10-4. Free admission; donations accepted. Featured carver: Ron Duffy. Contact: Robin Rios, (608) 752-3328, robinrios@charter.net; www.rockrivervalleycarvers.com.

Art Show

BIRDS IN ART 2015

Sept 12–Nov 29Wausau—Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum—700 N 12th St. internationally renowned exhibition. The 40th annual exhibition celebrates avian splendors through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. A fully illustrated catalog will be available in September. Contact: www.lywam.org/birds-art-2015/.

Indiana

Show

"WONDERS IN WOOD" SHOW & SALE

Oct 31-Nov 1—Evansville—National Guard Armory, 3300 Division. Hours: Sat 9-5; Sun 10-4. Admission:$3; children 12 & under free. Competition: Amateur, Intermediate, and Open, in 14 categories. Special event: "Carvings for Charity" to benefit Easter Seals. Contact: Sheri Meier (812) 760-9956, baldwincar@hotmail.comwww.tristatecarvers.com/.

Ohio

Competition and Show

CINCINNATI CARVERS GUILD 43RD SHOW/COMPETITION

Oct 10-11—Cincinnati—Woodlawn Community Center, 10050 Woodlawn Blvd. Sat., 10-5:00; Sun.11-4.  Admission, $5; free to armed forces personnel and Scouts in uniform. Contact: Lou Cassaro, lcasro@fuse.net, (513) 478-0812.

 

Show and Sale

SAUDER VILLAGE 29TH ANNUAL WOODCARVER’S SHOW & SALE

Oct 24-25—Archbold. Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4. A special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. Founder’s Hall will feature skilled carvers showcasing handcrafted wildlife, fish, caricatures, pins and pens. Special guest carver will demonstrate and teach a workshop. There will be vendor tables with carving supplies, woodcarving demonstrations and lively music by Wes Linenkugal. Watch for updates at www.saudervillage.org/Creativity/Events/Woodcarvers_Show.asp.

Michigan

Show

TRI-CITY WOOD CARVERS 28TH ANNUAL WOOD CARVING AND ART SHOW

Aug 22—Saginaw—Second Presbyterian Church, 2665 Midland Road (M47)Hours: 10-4. Admission $3. Contact: Edward Hak (989) 781-3846, ehhak@chartermi.net.

Minnesota

Festival

CARV-FEST 2015

Aug 6-8—Faribault—Alexander Park Ice Arena—1816 NW 2nd Ave. Contact: Chris@woodcarverswarehouse.com, (507) 339-0336.

Kansas

Show

2015 KAW VALLEY WOODCARVERS ANNUAL SHOW

Nov 21-22—Topeka— Ramada Topeka West, 605 SW Fairlawn Rd. Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4. Contact: Darrel Kellerman, (785) 817-4570, dlkellerman@yahoo.com. Entry forms at www.kawvalleywoodcarvers.org.

 

Oklahoma

Competition/Show/Sale

OKLAHOMA CITY WOODCARVING CLUB “ARTISTRY IN WOOD

Oct 31-Nov 1– Oklahoma City– State Fairgrounds, Arts & Crafts Bldg, 3100 General Pershing Blvd. Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Door entry fee $5. Competition in 51 categories, including realistic/stylized human or animal, figure or bust, birds, caricature, cartoon and storybook figures, religious/mythical, chip carving, and others. Whittling contest and soap carving. Judging and sales of work of local and regional artists and craftsmen in wood. Wood and tool vendors. Demonstrations and seminars. Open to the public. Contact: Kent Wallace, (405) 819-0460, kentwallace10@gmail.com; www.okcarver.org.

West

California

Competition and Show

Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Arts Festival

July 11-12—Sacramento-Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way. Open, intermediate, and Novice levels. Mail-ins welcome. Carving Categories: decorative floating, CWA Carver of the Year, PFDA traditional hunting (floating pairs), “World Style” Contemporary Decoy gunning shorebirds, and many others. Junior Carver event. Live painting competition, Friday afternoon seminar, Friday night reception, Saturday night banquet and auction. Decoy collectors, appraisals, sales, and trades. Contact: Fritz Zanker, (530) 894-5951; Bob Solari, (925) 687-2013; Maurie Hicks, (541) 899-8239; or www.pacificflyway.org.

 

 

 

Festival

45th Annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival

July 11-12—Sacramento—Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way. Open, intermediate, and Novice levels. Mail-ins welcome. Carving Categories: decorative floating, CWA Carver of the Year, PFDA traditional hunting (floating pairs), Contemporary style decoy, gunning shorebirds, and many others. Junior Carver event. Live painting contest, Friday night reception, Saturday night banquet and auction. Decoy collectors, appraisals, sales, and trades. Contact: Fritz Zanker, (530) 894-5951; Bob Solari, (925) 687-2013; Maurie Hicks, (541) 899-8239; www.pacificflyway.org

Show

CENTRAL COAST WOODCARVERS 38th ANNUAL SHOW

September 12-13CayucosCayucos Vet’s Hall, 10 Cayucos Dr. Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Some 28 local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art.  Competition at 1pm both days, raffle for individual carvings, plus a silent auction for a featured carving; tools and supplies will be available for purchasing.  Contact: Ed Zirbel, (805) 927-3951, or ezandcz@sbcglobal.net

Competition and Exhibition

34th ANNUAL DESIGN IN WOOD COMPETITION

Through July 5—Del Mar—San Diego County Fair— Del Mar Fairgrounds. Competition and exhibit in collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association. Exquisite furniture, musical instruments, carvings, clocks, children's toys and more — many museum quality. www.sdfair.com.

Colorado

Festival

24nd ANNUAL CREEDE WOODCARVERS RENDEZVOUS

July 11-17—Crede—Community Center. Classes, vendors, banquet, auction, non-carving family activities. Contact: Contact Diana Smith at (623) 584-3541, dianasplace@outlook.com.

Competition/Show/Sale

NORTHERN COLORADO WOOD CARVERS 23RD ANNUAL SHOW/SALE AND COMPETITION

Nov 21-22—Loveland— The Ranch at the Thomas McKee Building, Exhibition Hall A, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 5280 Area Circle, Suite 100. Hours:  Sat 11-5 p.m, Sun 10-4. Free admission. Contact:  Angela Callow-Mosher, (970) 669-8636,  woodcaver2002@gmail.com.

Texas

Show and Sale

2016 RIO GRANDE VALLEY WOODCARVING SHOW AND SALE

Jan 22-23, 2016—San Juan—Cielo Ballroom, 1101 E. FM 495. Hours: 10-4. Admission:  $3 donation; two admissions for $5 donation.  Judges Gary Falin and Orlando Villareal.  Contact:  Fred Stenman, (651) 485-0580, fstenman@msn.com; http://www.rgvwoodcarvers.org

Seminar

RALLY ON THE RIO WOODCARVING SEMINAR

Jan 25-30, 2016—San Juan—Cielo Ballroom, 1101 E. FM 495. Classes 8-4:30 Mon-Sat. Featuring 22 nationally known instructors. Contact: Fred Stenman, (651) 485-0580, fstenman@msn.com. Registration: Jim Crawford, whittlinsam@outlook.com, or register at www.rgvwoodcarvers.org.