Art of Wood

Helena Woodworkers' Guild Annual Art of Wood Exhibit
Copyright by Maureen Shaughnessy

We would like to invite the public to attend the opening reception of the Helena Woodworkers' Guild Annual Art of Wood exhibit, at the Myrna Loy Center. The reception will be held from 6 to 10 pm during the Fall Downtown Helena Art Walk on November 9th, 2007. Please join us in enjoying delicious appetizers, desserts, wine, punch and live music throughout the evening.

The exhibit will be open to the public from November 2nd through the 18th during Myrna Loy box office hours (generally opens around 1 pm) Although some of the furniture you will see in the exhibit is not for sale or in private collections, if you see something you would like to own, you may contact the woodworker (through materials at the exhibit or their member galleries on our website) to find out about commissioning a piece like it.

The Helena Woodworkers' Guild
has 20 members, ranging from hobbyists to professionals, from inexperienced (but enthusiastic) woodworkers to seasoned studio-furniture makers. Anyone with an interest in woodworking (sculpture, furniture, cabinetry, turning, carving, building) is welcome to join our Guild. Come to our opening and visit with some of our wood-artists who will be in attendance. Or come to one of our meetings to find out more about what we do as a group.

We will be updating our website and members' galleries in the coming days and weeks. Please bookmark our site and check back for updates. Thank you for your visit!


October Guild Meeting

Since our usual Monday meeting day falls on a holiday weekend, we are holding our October meeting on Thursday instead. Please come Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 pm.

Dave Ashley is hosting this month's meeting at his shop, Helena Hardwoods (3290 Centennial Drive just off of Highway 12 on the way to East Helena.) Dave usually provides something from his grill, so come prepared for deliciousness. Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share.

Dave Ashley is giving a talk on kiln-dried wood -- our main topic of the evening. Also on the agenda is a bit of planning for our annual woodworking exhibit at the Myrna Loy.

We will be asking who is going to contribute their work for the exhibit, and how many pieces. New members, we also need your bios and a photo of yourself for the exhibit. All members participating in the exhibit must give Maureen the information on each piece by October 18th. That would include titles, description and price (if the item is for sale.) This information will be printed on title-cards to accompany each piece.

We are also printing up 4x6 postcards as invitations to the show. Each participating guild member will have from 30 to 50 postcards to mail as you wish. The remaining postcards will be available at the exhibit reception for visitors to take home with them.

Our website will be featured on the back of these postcards, so if you would like to have photos of your woodworking included in your member "gallery" and slideshow, please get the photos to Maureen by October 18th. That gives her time to format and upload your photos to the Guild website.

You can drop your stuff by Tim's house at 721 Broadway, or email your information and photos to Maureen: maureenshaughnessy (@) gmail (dot) com
(that's code so the web "bots" don't find her and deluge her with spam)
You can also call Tim Carney if you have any questions or trouble getting your info to Maureen. Thanks!

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