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Topsy Turvy! Women in Turning Project for AAW’s 2018 EOG Auction

Next year’s AAW Educational Opportunity Grant Project is titled Topsy Turvy! The project for the 2018 EOG Auction gives our participants the opportunity to explore an easy exercise on the lathe to create a spin top. Participants are encouraged to submit a spin top for Topsy Turvy! There is a limit of one donation per person. The spin tops must be done on the lathe. Spin tops are different from a Trompo or Whipping Top-these are tops, which are spun by winding a length of string around the body, and launching it so that it lands and spins. Trompos or Whipping Tops are NOT to be submitted. Tops can be carved, wood burned or colored  but should be able to spin. We are including pictures of the spinning tops we will accept, and an image of a Whipping Top that we will NOT accept. The tops will be presented grouped together in a custom-designed display, and because of this there is a size restriction: tops can be no larger than 3.5” tall x 2.5” wide x 2.5” deep. To have time for professional photos and to take advantage of early publicity for promotion to potential buyers, your contribution must be delivered by January 31, 2018. Work should be shipped to: Tania Radda, 1519 W Augusta Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021. Put your thinking caps on and let’s make this another fun and successful project! Any questions about the project can be sent to Tania Radda, email: radda@cox.net




POP Artist Showcase Opportunity

Each year the Professional Outreach Program (POP) showcases two wood artists at the AAW’s Annual International Symposium. They are either experienced artists who have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but have not received appropriate recognition or emerging artists who have the potential for making significant contributions to the field. The two selected artists each give two demonstrations and receive free Symposium registration plus a small honorarium. Their work is displayed prominently in the Instant Gallery. The 2017 artists were Keith Holt and Jim Sannerud. Artist applications are invited for the 2018 AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon. Applications will be juried by the POP committee. The deadline is December 1, 2017. Click here to apply.



12th Annual POP Exhibition - Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited

Whether you love traditional forms or are an unrepentant rule-breaker, the 2018 POP (Professional Outreach Program) annual exhibition, Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited offers intriguing possibilities. Now in their twelfth year, the POP shows began as invitational exhibitions with an emphasis on showing work by international professionals as well as by emerging and established artists. The shows were opened to a limited number of submitted entries several years ago. Out of the Woods will premiere at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul, then travel to the 2018 AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon, where the works are sold in an online/live auction. Funds raised support POP programs, including the Instant Gallery awards, fellowships, panel discussions, Artist Showcase, and other professional development initiatives. Entry fee: $25. Entries will be accepted online from November 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Deadline January 1, 2018Learn more or apply.


AAW Annual Member Exhibition: Dia•Log

The AAW is pleased to announce that the annual member exhibition title theme for 2018 is Dia•Log. Dia•log was chosen because it reflects the city of Portland’s strong community spirit and the state’s long logging history, but perhaps even more important, it speaks to the way in which our woodturning community provides common ground. As always, we look for themes that can be interpreted in multiple ways, and this one fits the bill well, offering interpretations from philosophical to down-to-earth. Working with wood is often described as a dialog between the maker and the material, and art as a dialog between object and viewer. There is also, of course, the simple truth that if an object is made of wood, it was probably once part of a log. Two artist awards will be given during the 2018 AAW International Symposium: a Masters’ Choice Award of $300 and a People’s Choice Award of $200. Entry fee: $25. Entries will be accepted online from December 15, 2017 through February 15, 2018. Deadline February 15, 2018. Learn more or sign up to be reminded when the application period opens.



Non-AAW Calls


Minnesota Woodworkers Guild's Northern Woods Exhibition

The Exhibition has an estimated $4000 in cash prizes available in 14 categories including Best in Show, Best Original Design, Best Traditional Piece, Best Turning, Best Detail, Best Handwork, Best Carving, Best Finish, Most Technically Accomplished, Judge’s Award and Best First Time in Show. Award winners receive a professional photo of their entry and are posted on the Guild’s website. Photos of all entries appear in the Catalogue. Over 100,000 people visit the venue during the show which will be held at Eden Prairie Center, Eden Prairie, MN, April 26-29, 2018. Application deadline: April 15, 2018. Details and to apply: http://www.mnwwg.org/nwds.html. More information: Charlie Kocourek, (612)559-6179, charlie@jack-bench.com.



Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Woodturners

Lansboro Arts, in Lanesboro, Minnesota, encourages woodturners who create unusual pieces to apply for their Juried Sales Gallery. The works should exhibit a unique vision and original voice, quality craftsmanship, and should be diverse and accessible to individuals from all walks of life. Questions? Contact Robbie Brokken, gallery director, at (507) 467-2446 or gallery@lanesboroarts.org  Interested artists may apply on the Lansboro Arts website at https://lanesboroarts.org/artist-opportunities/juried-sales-gallery/


Artistry in Wood: Sonoma County Museums

Artistry in Wood is the annual exhibit presented by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association in concert with the Sonoma County Museum. Staged every year since 1982, it is recognized as one of the premier fine woodworking shows in North America. Entry categories include turnery, fine furniture, and sculpture. Josh Salesin (joshuasalesin.com) from Santa Cruz, California will be this year's turnery judge. Deadline: November 9, 2017. Artistry in Wood 2017 will run from November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Questions: Don Jereb, donjereb@gmail.com, 707-695-5252. More information and to apply: http://www.sonomawoodworkers.com/page-1835094



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