Driftwood display to honor 50th year

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Northwest Driftwood Artists, founded in 1963, are still going strong 50 years later with a membership of 110.

The organization presents an annual show each May at Country Village in Bothell.

A display of 15 sculptures is now featured at Woodinville City Hall through February.  Most of these pieces were in the 2012 Driftwood Sculpture Show.

The sculptures in the exhibit are the work of the Thursday morning Woodinville driftwood sculpture class under the sponsorship of Northshore Senior Center.

The class, actually a workshop, meets Thursday mornings 9-11:30 at the Greenbrier Community Center. Instructor is Jo Marsh.

This unusual art form begins with the finding of wood pieces, mostly from mountain lakes or beaches, with an interesting inherent design.  The decay is scraped off, revealing the wood’s beautiful grain.

After careful shaping to achieve its best artistic form, each piece is meticulously sanded. Finishing involves burnishing with a deer antler and hand rubbing with  natural oil and beeswax.

The final step is mounting the sculpture on a natural base, and the result is a one-of-kind unique and lovely sculpture.

Anyone is welcome to try their hand at this engaging art form by joining the ongoing class. Call Jo Marsh at (425) 883-7141.

The display at city hall can be seen during business hours:  Monday through Thursday 7:30-5:00, Friday 7:30-4:00.

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