Message From the AAW

Note – The following is the January AAW Newsletter

It’s only February, but we are already excited about our symposium June 8-10 in San Jose, CA. Please take a few moments to watch the video below. You won’t want to miss this year’s line-up of demonstrators!

Online registration is now available for AAW members. Click here to log onto the members area, where you will be able to register for the symposium. If you are not a current AAW member, join here, and then register for the symposium through the members’ area.
2012 Symposium in San Jose, CA Preview Video


2012 Annual Juried Exhibition

a walk in the woodsA Walk in the Woods is the title and theme for our 2012 juried exhibition. The exhibit will premier at AAW’s 26th Annual International Symposium in San Jose, CA, before traveling to the Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul, MN.

Open to any current AAW member, this year’s theme honors the many parks and forests in the state of California. From Coast Redwoods to giant Sequoia, to bur oak, manzanita, and chinquapin, forest covers about 30% of California’s one million acres. Our host city alone boasts over a million trees!

We anticipate that this exhibition will showcase the depth, creativity, and skill of our membership.

Applications are open online until February 12, 2012.
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2011 EOG Put to Great Use

image 238The Mid Minnesota Association of Woodturners was in need of funds to help move ahead with part of their mission statement: to promote woodturning through education in the local community. Because the MMAW was a new club, funds were limited and they needed a way to finance a very necessary purchase – lathes!

In April 2011, MMAW received an EOG grant from the AAW. With some existing funds and the grant, the club was able to purchase three Delta 46-460 lathes and immediately started planning how to promote woodturning in the community with the help of this new equipment. MMAW was able to find a permanent meeting and storage place at the Paramount Theater and Visual Arts Center (VAC) in downtown St. Cloud, MN. The center agreed to supply the space, and in return, MMAW agreed to offer woodturning classes to teens and adults during the weekly Open Studio/Teen Night. Each week, about 6-9 students spend 50 minutes learning to turn on a lathe. Many students are returning turners and moving from introductory turning of square stock round, beads and coves, to weed pots, miniature baseball bats, and basic bowl turning. The MMAW “guides on the side” who are involved with the Open Studio/Teen Night are excited and encouraged to see so many of the new turners return each week. Seeing their enthusiasm for woodturning grow is especially gratifying.

The next step for MMAW will be to offer woodturning classes through the VACʼs community education program. This will allow MMAW to offer individual classes for 3 or 4 consecutive weeks in 3-hour blocks. The EOG grant has allowed this new club to successfully realize part of their mission statement.

For more information about this program, visit:

International Woodturning Exhibition at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum

From Tree to Treasure: An International Invitational Exhibition of Turned or Sculpted Wood
On view through April 26, 2012

This exhibition features the work of more than 30 artists from across the country and around the world. The exhibition will showcase a wide variety of style and presentation, from pedestal and tabletop pieces to wall hangings.

For details and information, please visit Myrtle Beach Art Museum