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Master Woodworking Artist of the Year

Master Woodworking Artist of the Year

The work of some of the nation’s top wood artists will be on display during the 2021 “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit, which will happen at the Forest Heritage Center Museum in the heart of Beavers Bend State Park. The hand-crafted pieces will be on display from March 10th until May 9th.

The forest provides the medium for talented artists who carve, turn and sculpt the wood into magnificent forms that challenge the boundaries of the imagination. Past winners of the title of Master Woodworking Artist of the Year include Phil Wiles of Norfork, AR, Jerry Brownrigg of Alva, OK, Kenneth Vonk of Mena, AR, Kevin Walker of Rudy, AR, Wayne Delyea of Granbury, TX, and Steven Knott of Mena, AR.

The Forest Heritage Center is the perfect setting to showcase the art of the forest, with over 50 species of trees found within a 1-mile radius of the museum’s home in Beavers Bend State Park. Many wood artists select their material from this diverse array of native woods, choosing to harvest dead standing or fallen timber or knots and burls that are otherwise unsuitable for construction, adding untold value to Oklahoma’s already booming forestry industry.

The “Master Woodworking Artist of the Year” exhibit will be open FREE to the public from March 10th – May 9th at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 580-494-6497, email the museum at [email protected] or visit . 


This exhibit is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department and members of the Forest Heritage Center Association.