NWSSA Events in 2020
NWSSA Winter Party
Annual pot-luck dinner Winter Party hosted at Marenakos Stone Center. Saturday, February 8th beginning at 4 pm. We will send out an email invitation with pot-luck sign up in January.
NWSSA Stone Carving Symposiums
Our symposiums offer communal space, educational opportunities, and inspiration for carvers of all levels of experience from professionals to beginners. Immerse yourself in a community of dusty, welcoming artists and experience how stone carving can be such a powerful and versatile medium and a meditative practice.
Pilgrim Firs Stone Carving Symposium - July 11-19th
The largest of our gatherings, Pilgrim Firs allows for 80-110 carvers to set up workspaces for eight days in July. The camp features cabins and lodges, meals, and recreation set in the beautiful forests of the Kitsap Peninsula. The symposium features multiple invited guest artists from around the world, a beginner’s tent, a jade carving workshop and workspace, presentations, an auction, a party, and nightly campfires. Saturday the 18th of July will be a free, open to the public Sculpture Show.Suttle Lake Stone Carving Symposium - Aug 9-16th
Stone and tools are available for purchase from knowledgeable vendors who know the business and are carvers, too. The teachers vary from year to year, but the overriding theme of our symposiums is always the generous sharing of information with all attendees.
For those who attend it is a working holiday with like-minded folks while being fed three meals a day surrounded by everything to do with stone. Evenings are spent by the fire swapping stories, making new friends, and catching up with connections made from past symposiums.
Symposium price discounts are given to attendees who are NWSSA members.
Our mission is to nurture the community of stone sculptors by developing educational opportunities, providing a support system to members, and facilitating interaction with regional, national, and international communities.To learn about becoming a member of Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) click HERE (or click on "Become a Member" at the bottom of the page).
NWSSA is an association of stone sculptors that was founded in 1984 by Meg Pettibone in Seattle. Our first symposium was in 1986 in the Methow Valley east of the Cascade mountains in Washington state. We have since grown to include stone sculptors and associates throughout the western US, Canada, and other parts of the world. We are a federal tax exempt status 501c nonprofit membership organization.