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May 30, 2014

Kim Rymer
Office 651-484-9094
Cell 612-267-7622 (During Events)
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Exhibitions, galleries and auctions of works in wood headline
AAW 28th Annual International Symposium in Phoenix

Conference goers to learn, share and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning

(SAINT PAUL, Minn. – May 29) - The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning (the process of shaping wood using a lathe), will host its 28th Annual International Symposium at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona June 12-15. The conference will bring together more than 1,000 turners from around the globe to learn, share and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning.

In addition to educational demonstrations and sessions for registered symposium attendees, the symposium will offer free events open to the public that provide a rare glimpse into the world of woodturning. Public events include exhibitions, galleries and auctions of sculptural and functional works in wood and a tradeshow that features ongoing woodturning demonstrations. AAW welcomes individuals of all ages to visit, be inspired, develop an appreciation and possibly even a passion for the art of woodturning.

•    American Association of Woodturners (AAW)
•    1,000 woodturners from around the globe
•    Approximately 40 youth ages 10 to 18
•    25 blind/visually impaired individuals and disabled veterans from the Phoenix area

•    AAW 28th Annual International Symposium (View symposium poster)

•    Phoenix Convention Center (West Building), 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

•    Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 (see details below for days/times)

•    Art works in wood
•    Demonstrations of woodturning process
•    Specialized programming for youth ages 10 to 18
•    Blind/visually impaired individuals and disabled veterans from the Phoenix area

•    Phil McDonald, Executive Director
•    Dale Larson, Board President
•    For interviews with artists, demonstrators, etc. contact Kim Rymer at
     kim@woodturner.org or 612-267-7622

PUBLIC EVENTS (Open to the public, free admission)
 Exhibitions & Galleries
Discover the art and craft of woodturning. Celebrate stunning contemporary sculptural and functional works in wood by established and emerging artists from five continents in our juried, invitational and merit award exhibitions – Room 212A. See the largest display of wood-turned objects under one roof in our galleries – Exhibition Hall 1, Lower Level.
•    Friday, June 13 from 9:10 am to 6:30 pm
•    Saturday, June 14 from 9 am to 4:30 pm
•    Sunday, June 15 from 9 am to noon

Live, Online & Silent Auctions
Bid on museum-quality works in wood. Auction proceeds support the AAW’s grant, outreach and educational programs.
•    EOG Live Auction - Friday, June 13 at 7:30 pm – Room 301C
•    EOG Silent Auction - Friday, June 13 at 8:40 am through Saturday, June 14 at 8:30 pm
     Exhibition Hall 2/3, Lower Level

•    POP Ceremony Live Auction - Saturday, June 14 at 3:15 pm – Foyer 212A
•    Online Auctions - Preview, register & bid at http://auction2014.woodturner.org/

Woodturning Tradeshow (Exhibition Hall 1, Lower Level)
Survey state-of-the-art woodturning products, supplies and more up close and in action. Observe ongoing woodturning demonstrations.
•    Friday, June 13 from 10 am to 7 pm
•    Saturday, June 14 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
•    Sunday, June 15 from 8 am to 2:15 pm

Charitable Initiatives (Exhibition Hall 2/3, Lower Level)
Woodturned bowls crafted and donated by AAW members will be sold for $25 each. 100% of the proceeds benefit Phoenix-based SEEDs for Autism, a nonprofit vocational arts program for young adults on the autism spectrum. Browse the unique display of handmade boxes donated by AAW members for Beads of Courage, an Arizona-based nonprofit that provides supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness.
•    Friday, June 13, 9:10 am to 7 pm
•    Saturday, June 14, 7:30 am to 5 pm
•    Sunday, June 15, 8 am to 1 pm

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMS (Registered symposium attendees only)

 Educational Programs for Woodturners
Programming for woodturners of all experience levels including 130+ woodturning workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions featuring 59 experts
View official symposium handbook for descriptions and complete schedule
 Specialized Programming
Woodturning for the Visually Impaired: Phoenix Lighthouse for the Blind
Friday, June 13 from 10:45 am to 2 pm
•    10:45 am to 12:30 pm - Guided gallery & exhibition tour
•    12:30 pm to 2 pm - Interactive workshop: Pen-making (Room 211A)

Woodturning for Local Disabled Veterans
Saturday, June 14 from 10:30 am to 3 pm
•    10:30 am to noon - Guided tours of galleries, exhibitions & tradeshow
•    Noon to 1:30 pm - Interactive Workshop: Pen-making (Room 211A)

Woodturning with Disabilities: Panel Discussion (Room 104B)
Saturday, June 14 1:30 pm to 3 pm
View Woodturning Beyond Barriers webpage

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is an nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning by providing opportunities for education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members globally and a network of over 350 local chapters representing professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors, and wood/tool suppliers. AAW’s journal, American Woodturner is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. To learn more, visit us at woodturner.org

Kim Rymer
Marketing & Communications Director
American Association of Woodturners
222 Landmark Center
75 5th St W
St Paul, MN 55102-7704
651-484-9094, 612-267-7622


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