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Celebrate woodworking and local art this month

Apr 3rd, 2015 | Category: Crafts

Woodworking skills will be on display this month during the annual Woodfest event in Sedro-Woolley and a special showing of turned bowls at Artwood Gallery in Fairhaven. Other local events that should not be missed include the Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery and Art in a Pickle Barn at Azusa Farm and Garden, both in Mount Vernon, and a fun pottery exhibit “Hens, Hops and Blossoms” at Good Earth Pottery in Fairhaven.


Woodfest moves to Cascade Middle School

Woodfest, an event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12. This annual celebration of woodworking and student achievements features vendors and display booths including chainsaw carvers, wood turners, traditional carvers, wood crafters, artisans, high school woodworking exhibits, and educational exhibits. A shed built by the SWHS Construction Class will be raffled off, and food and drinks are available for purchase. Stop by Woodfest at Cascade Middle School, 915 McGarigle Road in Sedro-Woolley, on Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, see

At this year’s Woodfest, a shed built by the Sedro-Woolley High School Construction Class will be raffled off, and exhibits include this ukelele project made by students (below). COURTESY PHOTOS

At this year’s Woodfest, a shed built by the Sedro-Woolley High School Construction Class will be raffled off, and exhibits include this ukelele project made by students (below). COURTESY PHOTOS


Artwood Gallery features turned wood bowls 

Each month, Artwood, the cooperative woodworking gallery in Old Fairhaven, highlights a particular artist or category of woodwork. In April, turned wooden bowls are Artwood’s featured item. There are delicate vessels in patterned woods for showpieces, and practical bowls for salads and other uses. Many of these pieces were gleaned from tree branches and firewood, transformed into smooth and graceful art.

Artwood’s visiting artist of the month is Arunas Oslapas of Red Rivet Studios. He collects and paints scrap metal, notably industrial spring steel banding, and weaves it into colorful baskets and wall hangings.

Artwood is located at 1000 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven and open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (360) 647-1628 or visit


Art at the Schoolhouse

Christianson’s Nursery hosts Art at the Schoolhouse April 3-26, showcasing local artists from the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Visitors can enter the historic 1888 Schoolhouse to see a multimedia celebration of styles including outdoor stained glass garden art, paintings, jewelry, cards, photography, fiber arts and more. The event is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road in Mount Vernon. See for more details.


Art in a Pickle Barn

Also running during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, is the 26th annual Art in a Pickle Barn’s fine arts show and sale highlighting a variety of media in both originals and prints from April 3-30. Artists will be on hand to provide demonstrations and show techniques. This event raises scholarship funds for Skagit County art students (the scholarship award presentation will take place during the opening reception on the evening of April 3). Visit Azusa Farm and Gardens at 14904 State Route 20 in Mount Vernon, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, see


Hens, Hops and Blossoms

The opening reception for this exhibit is Saturday, April 4. Madie Klusmire is the featured artist this month at Good Earth Pottery, where she bring sunny cheer with her decorated wares including chickens, beer, flowers, fish and more. See her works at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue, in Fairhaven. For more details, see or call (360) 671-3998.

–Grow Northwest


Published in the April 2015 issue of Grow Northwest

One Comment to “Celebrate woodworking and local art this month”

  1. Anne Ue says:

    I enjoyed reading about all the activities, organizations and celebrations on this page. Gives me a sense of a thriving local community. I don’t know whether I would have taken a woodworking class as a teenager but as an adult I’m certainly tempted. So glad that young people are encouraged and supported in creating art and functional furniture and such with wood. Thank you.

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