SHOWCASE OF WOODCARVINGS 2014
Feb 22nd – 23rd, 2014
The Largest Woodcarvings Show in the Southeast
Show Theme: Cartoon Caricatures
2219 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC
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Come to View
Sat 12 – 4 p.m. **
Sun 10 – 3:30 p.m.
(**Judging is from 8:30 – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibit is closed for viewing during those times)
Come to Buy
Sat 8:30 – 4 p.m.
Sun 10 – 3:30 p.m.
****** There will be carvings for sale ********
This year we have a great line up of well-known, professional carvers, that will be serving as judges for our woodcarving competition.
Growing up in the nearby town of Bradford, Butch began drawing at an early age. He quickly realized his gift, and began taking professional art lessons at the age of eleven. After serving two years in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, Butch evolved his artistic abilities. In 1976, he completed a four year International Correspondence commercial art course. Soon, his skills were being recognized locally. He began designing logos for schools, corporations, local organizations, and sporting goods suppliers.
It wasn’t until 1992 that Butch began to apply his art skills to woodcarving. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation for nature and a keen interest in bird species, he took lessons from a local woodcarver and soon he was creating his signature songbirds. His first carving was a Northern Cardinal, the official state bird of his native Ohio.
Butch has become well established in his field, and is highly respected by his peers because of the unique attention to detail evident in his work. Recognized nationally in the woodcarving community, he has won numerous awards including at the Ward World Wildfowl Competition in Ocean City, Maryland and at the International Woodcarvers Congress in Maquoketa, Iowa.
His carvings have been featured in national publications such as Chip Chats, Woodcarving Illustrated and Carving Magazine. A gallery of his birds can be viewed in the spring 2009 issue of Carving Magazine. Butch is a member of the Brukner Nature Carvers woodcarving club in Troy, Ohio. He spends much of his time sharing his creative ideas and teaching his techniques through carving classes, carving demonstrations and by speaking at local organizations.
Seminars will be about one-hour long and this year we have a great group of instructors that are well-known in the industry and very popular among woodcarving clubs.
Saturday, February 22
10am - Kathy Overcash
11am - Susan Dorsch
1pm - Bruce Clark
10am - Mitch Cartledge
11am - Desiree Hajny
1pm - Ronnie McMahan
She will provide a quick overview of temporarily gluing together the house, setting windows and doors, and hollowing the inside of a house-in-the-round. She will demonstrate how to add movement to the roof, create whimsy shingles, and add steps to the house.
Susan Wellman Dorsch was born and raised in West Virginia. After graduating from West Liberty University and Ohio University she taught special education and graphic art in a local high school. While trying to incorporate new mediums into her curriculum she was introduced to wood. As she became captivated with the look, texture, and grain of wood she began building small boxes, stands, bookcases, tables, etc. She progressed to building large pieces of furniture and has since built nearly all the furniture in her home.
In 2006 Susan decided to try her hand at woodcarving and now spends most of her time in her studio carving interpretive sculptures, realistic songbirds, and creative habitats.
Although relatively new to the carving world, she has progressed quickly and in the past few years has won several top level awards at Artistry in the Woods Show, (Dayton, Ohio), Havre De Grace Art Show in Maryland, and most recently at the Ward World Championships in Ocean City, Maryland, where she won second place in “World Class” Interpretive Sculpture.
Susan will show and explain how to make creative habitat for songbirds
Ronnie McMahan – The Redbird Carver
Wildlife Artist in Wood
People often use the term”looks real” when describing my woodcarving work. Regardless of detail level or size, each piece includes a touch of life and a sense of “this could be real”. A personality is given to each piece. Careful attention is given to habitat and display even in the more simplistic carvings. Artistic balance, flow of lines, colors and other composition details are considered.
The works are hand carved, normally from basswood or tupelo wood, utilizing traditional wood carving hand tools and power tools. The textures are achieved using a wood burner, power tools and hand tools. Acrylic artist colors are used for the color. Hand painting is achieved through a layered wash technique utilizing artist brushes. Driftwood, flowers, moss, leaves, rocks, and other habitat are hand carved or handmade from other materials such as paper leaves. Glass taxidermist eyes are used for the birds. Feet are fashioned from metal, putty or wood. A hardwood furniture mounting base is the norm.
I began carving birds in the late 1979. Because of my God given creative talents and my love of what I do, many have enjoyed my wildlife art works. Since retirement from a 34 year career as a North Carolina State Employee, I have been blessed to receive numerous awards in carving competitions. A long time dream of becoming a professional arts and crafts person was realized in 2012 when I was juried as a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
Information is subject to change. More will be listed as we find out.
*** Door prizes throughout the show and special door prizes for carvers *****
Raffle Ticket Prices:
$1.00 for 1 Ticket
$5.00 for 7 Tickets
$10.00 for 15 Tickets
Best Deal Going:
$20.00 for 40 Tickets
The hungry carver was carved by Tom Wolfe and donated to the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club.
PINEVILLE: 5.5 miles to Show (Convenient to I-485 and Carolina Place Mall.)
- $74 single or double plus 15.25% tax.
- Address: 10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134
- Tel: 704- 540-0069.
- Reserve by February 1, 2014.
Hampton Inn & Suites
- $75 king/$85 double queen plus 15.25% tax.
- Address: 401 Towne Center Blvd, Pineville, NC 28134
- Tel: 704-889-2700.
- Reserve by1/25/14.
TYVOLA ROAD AND I-77: 2 Miles to the Show
Comfort Inn Executive Park
- $62.99 single/double plus 15.25% tax.
- Address: 5822 West Park Drive. Charlotte, NC 28217.
- Tel: 704-525-2626.
- Reserve by2/11/14.
Wingate by Wyndham
- $70 single/double $70 plus 15.25% tax.
- Address: 6050 Tyvola Glen Circle, Charlotte, NC 28217.
- Tel: 704-523-0699
- Reserve by 2/1/14.
Use either “Charlotte Woodcarvers or Woodcarvers Show”. All hotels honor discounted rates from February 21 through February 23, 2014. Great restaurants near all hotels.
A Look at the TV coverage we received last year for our 2013 Show
We were proud to have our club featured on Larry sprinkle’s Show last year. It helped us reach a larger audience. We hope to do it again in 2014.