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Library featuring driftwood art

  • Written by Jo Marsh, Northwest Driftwood Artists
The Northwest Driftwood Artists was founded in 1963 and is still going strong with a membership of 110. As a preview to their 50th anniversary show at Country Village in Bothell on May 18-19, an exhibit of driftwood art is now at the Woodinville Library until the end of April.

The sculptures along with wearable art pieces have all been fashioned from found wood pieces from mountain lakes, ocean beaches, or even backyards.

They are the work of the members of the Woodinville class/workshop in driftwood sculpture that meets at Greenbrier Community Center on Thursday mornings. The class is under the sponsorship of Northshore Senior Center and the leadership of Jo Marsh, instructor.

This unusual art form involves a long but fascinating process, beginning with an interestingly shaped piece of found wood.

All decay is scraped off, often revealing beautiful grain. The piece is then shaped to achieve its best artistic form, and meticulously sanded. A finish of natural oil and beeswax is often used, and burnished with a smooth deer antler. The final step is usually mounting the piece on a complementary base for best presentation as a one-of-a-kind sculpture.

Anyone who appreciates the beauty of wood is welcome to join the Thursday ongoing group.

Call Jo Marsh at (425) 883-7141 for more details.Further information, an art gallery and even how-to videos on Driftwood Sculpture may be found at www.northwestdriftwoodartists.org or on their Facebook page.

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