2019 Artistry in Wood
The 2019 Idaho Artistry in Wood and Gourds show took place March 16 and 17 at Boise Idaho’s premier downtown exhibit space in the JUMP complex. With more than 400 entries in the judged competition and dozens of additional artworks on display, the show attracted over 1,300 attendees. The Idaho show is the work of five sponsoring clubs: Idaho Woodcarvers Guild, Treasure Valley Scrollers, Southwest Idaho Wood Turners Association, Ada County Woodworkers, and Idaho Gourd Society. This year the show also featured a display by a CNC User’s Group — Computer Numerical Control wood artistry. As one of the largest shows of its kind in the western United States, our show has become a magnet for artists from the Northwest and the Intermountain region.
Show events in addition to the competition included demonstrations, a banquet, live and silent auctions, and raffles. Vendors gave the public the opportunity to purchase artworks in wood and gourds as well as tools, supplies, and wood. For the first time this year, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter gave a special award to a show entry. Other special award sponsors included the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Woodcraft, and High Desert Hardwoods.
Go to the Home Page to see the 2019 Best-of-Show pieces from each of the sponsoring clubs.
The Featured Artist for the 2019 show was Dr. Eugene Fuller, an emeritus professor from Boise State University, whose work has earned him a place in the elite Caricature Carvers of America. Gene showed his versatility as a carver by presenting a variety of figures from different ethnic groups, humorous characters, and animals.
In its eleventh year, the Idaho Artistry in Wood Show, building on the legacy of a thirty year history of Idaho Woodcarvers Guild shows has emerged as one of the major cultural events in “the City of Trees,” winning media attention and a strong public following. The 2020 show will take place at the same location on March 21 and 22.
Mobius Wood Ribbon / Pat White
2019 Auction Item
Mountain Bluebird / Doug Rose